Releasing the Frozen Shoulder - Theresa A. Schmidt, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, LMT

Duration 2 h


£ 100 


About Course

Shoulder pain is prevalent in between 2.4% and 26% of the population, resulting in significant financial burden, pain and loss of quality of life. According to the APTA’s Clinical Practice Guidelines, mobilization and exercise are important components of shoulder pain management. Too often clinicians are ready to perform joint manipulation/mobilization with disregard for the soft tissue component of the stiff shoulder. Myofascial restrictions may limit shoulder mobility and function and must be addressed as part of a plan of care. When fascia becomes scarred from inflammation, injury, postural habits or disease, its tension adversely impacts functional mobility and physical activity. Manual therapy may include myofascial work to release tension and pain and restore mobility and function. Identify fascial restrictions using motion testing and palpation. Apply specific manual and movement interventions to address mobility deficits, improve circulation, and decrease pain in people presenting with shoulder pain and mobility deficits to achieve improved functional outcomes. (Intermediate Level)

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Theresa A. Schmidt, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, LMT is President of Educise PC continuing education and physical therapy in Sunapee, NH. A Board-certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Expert Witness, massage therapist, and coach with 30+ years’ experience in clinical practice and education, she integrates best evidence-based practices of manual therapy and orthopedic rehab, with complementary medicine approaches for outstanding peak performance. She graduated Long Island University’s Masters Physical Therapy Program in with Highest Honors. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program at University of New England. Dr. Schmidt served as faculty at Touro College Physical Therapy, Nassau CC and CUNY Queens College in NY. She presented for International Fascia Research Congress, APTA, AOTA, AMTA, NASA Inomedic Health, Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic and major medical centers. She is a published author, integrative medicine clinician, community educator, and nature enthusiast. Visit her at:


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

1. Explain the anatomy and function of the fascia and how myofascial release (MFR)/soft tissue mobilization (STM) may be used to modify scar tissue restrictions which limit functional mobility.

2. Discuss the theory and evidence supporting myofascial and movement as part of a manual therapy intervention to improve mobility and function.

3. Apply selected myofascial and movement techniques to the shoulder/cervical/scapular region to lengthen restricted tissue, reduce pain, and improve functional mobility.


Pre-Study: 30 Minutes Plan to read the course materials, references and review the post test before the start time. Please be prepared to share patient case study and related question during the discussion time.

30 mins: Review anatomy and physiology of fascia. Explore cellular response to strain. Fascial release assessment, documentation and methodology.

30 mins: Explore current research about fascia including clinical response to stress and strain/stretch.

60 mins: Illustrated demonstrations of selected interventions designed to improve mobility impairments, reduce pain and restore function in people with shoulder pain and stiffness

Post-test: Research, identify, and submit your post test question answers on the online form. This is an open book test you can take multiple times if needed to obtain the 70% score.

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Course Instructor

Motivations Inc. provides training courses for medical rehabilitation professionals, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and athletic training. We focus on innovative evaluation and treatment approaches to facilitate patient recovery from accidents, illnesses and developmental delays—in dynamic settings taught by the industry's finest.