Positional Release Therapy: An Evidence-Based Update for Athletic Trainers
1.75 BOC Approved Clinical Home Study EBP CEUs
COST: $ 29.95 - EXPIRATION DATE: 2020-12-31
In this introductory course, participants will be introduced to the evidence and theory supporting the use of positional release therapy (PRT) for a wide-variety of medical conditions. Positional Release Therapy (PRT) also known by its parent term, Strain Counterstrain, is a form manual therapy that resolves pain and somatic dysfunction. Through positioning the body and tissues in positions of comfort, the neurological system can be manipulated to interrupt the pain spasm cycle and over time, to reset the resting length of tissue in a "normal" range, which promotes a reduction in pain, increase in strength, range of motion, performance and function. Essentially, PRT is the opposite of stretching. Much like unkinking a knot from a chain necklace, PRT works in the same fashion; tissues are pushed together, twisted, compressed and manipulated to take tension off vessels and nerves. The therapy is pain-free and is suited for all ages and most painful conditions and only requires the hands. The primary goal of PRT is to promote a positive healing environment by correcting musculoskeletal and neurological imbalances to facilitate tissue regeneration, growth, and repair in order for the body to self-correct itself.
At the completion of the course, participants should be able to:
1. describe the Mechanical Coupling Theory
2. articulate how the supporting evidence of the Mechanical Coupling Theory is applicable for application of PRT for somatic dysfunction
3. list at least 3 differences between PRT and Strain Counterstrain
4. recall at least five clinical implications and contraindications of PRT
5. be able to articulate at least two ways how PRT can be integrated into a treatment plan for somatic dysfunction
Student Registration and PRTi Course Instructions
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Course Completion Information:
A. 60 days to start course
B. Once course started, 60 days to complete course (*NOTE*: if you are taking this course as a pre-requisite for a live Positional Release Therapy Course, it must be completed prior to the start date of the live course)>
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About the Instructor
Dr. Timothy E. Speicher, PhD, ATC, LAT, CSCS, PRT-c®
Founder and President of the Positional Release Therapy Institute
Dr. Timothy Speicher is an Athletic Trainer (AT), Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Positional Release Therapist (PRT-c®). He completed his B.S. at Towson University in 1995 and received his graduate training from Marshall University in 1998, where he served as Clinical Supervisor and AT to the undergraduate Athletic Training Program and Strength and Conditioning Coach to the Men's Soccer team. He completed his doctoral degree in Adult Learning from the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Speicher has served as an Associate Professor and Research Fellow in the PhD/DSc Health Sciences Program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, teaching evidence-based medicine and is currently Affiliate Faculty for the Athletic Training Programs (DAT, MSAT) at the University of Idaho, where he teaches Neuroscience. Dr. Speicher has also taught positional release therapy (PRT) within the Advanced Athletic Training Master’s Program at the University of Utah. Previously, he served the undergraduate and graduate athletic training programs at Weber State University as Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Research as well as Clinical Coordinator. Dr. Speicher also served the Neuroscience Program at Weber in the capacity of Executive Committee member and guest lecturer. Dr. Speicher was also previously employed at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut where he served as Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Human Movement and Sports Science Program for athletic training and exercise science as well as Associate Researcher and Director for the Life and Sport Analysis Clinic, a biomechanical analysis laboratory and clinic serving the general and university populations. During his first two years at Sacred Heart, he also served as the AT for Division I track and field. Dr. Speicher also served as Program Director of the Athletic Training Program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.
Dr. Speicher has provided service to his profession as a State President, Board of Director for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Research and Education Foundation and currently serves as a journal reviewer for the Athletic Training Education Journal and Journal of Human Resource Development Review. Dr. Speicher is also an Editorial Board Member for the Athletic Training Education Journal. Locally, Dr. Speicher serves as an Expert Panel Member for Utah Running.com.
Dr. Speicher’s clinical expertise and research is in Positional Release Therapy (PRT), case-based analogical reasoning, transfer of learning, therapeutic modalities, biomechanical analysis, orthotic prescription and fabrication. Dr. Speicher’s research has been presented and published nationally and internationally. In 2013 and 2014 the Athletic Training Educator’s Journal awarded Dr. Speicher their first-place award for Outstanding Perspectives Manuscript. Dr. Speicher's recent text: Clinical Guide to Positional Release Therapy, has been published world-wide, with translations in Chinese and Korean.
Dr. Speicher's teaching assignments have included, neuroscience, evidence-based preventative measures in athletic training, problem-based learning, emergency medicine, orthopedic assessment, prevention of injury and illness, therapeutic modalities, general medicine, and rehabilitation. Dr. Speicher has worked in a variety of clinical environments with various populations and age groups. These have included the collegiate, high school, in and outpatient rehabilitation, industrial and Olympic settings. Most notably, Dr. Speicher served as a Medical Supervisor for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games for Long Track Speed Skating. He is founder and President of the Positional Release Therapy Institute, a company that provides PRT and physical medicine and rehabilitation for patients, and for clinicians; instruction, training and certification in PRT.