Fascial Manipulation Level 1 Course
Due to COVID travel and association restrictions, this course has been delayed. Please email the course director to express your interest or sign up on our blog to receive updates and clinical and research tips and insights.
Presented by Ms. Julie Ann Day, the Level I Fascial Manipulation® consists of two three-day courses (for 48 hours total) that need to be taken within 4-6 weeks of each other to assure a good understanding of the underlying biomechanical rationale and mastery of the technique. Level I discusses the problems related to dysfunction of the locomotor system, by associating the densification of the Coordination Centers to conditions such as tendinitis, low back pain, lumbar disease, cervicalgia, carpal tunnel, headache and so on. It studies analytically, every Myofascial Unit in the continuity of Myofascial Sequences. The main objective is to develop an understanding of the Coordination Centers (CCs), responsible for the normal function of the monoarticular muscles and synergistic biarticular muscles
The course is specifically designed for;
- physiotherapists (including final year students)
- medical doctors
- TCM doctors
- podiatrists as of 2019
Myotherapists and massage therapists that have extensive training and experience may be considered but will be required to submit a curriculum vitae detailing their additional training and experience. Send to Clinical Director.
"I have so much to say about how good and worthwhile this method and course is and how great a teacher Julie is.
The Stecco Fascial Manipulation Courses provide the physiotherapist with a detailed understanding of the fascial system. The practical component of the courses is extensive and there is plenty of time to practice palpating the fascial points and to develop the correct treatment techniques. Julie is an inspiring physiotherapist with amazing skills and has a great teaching method.
Fascial manipulation can be applied to nearly every musculoskeletal condition that physiotherapists treat in their clinics. It provides a framework that allows for some simply amazing results. One patient suffering from 4 years of chronic significant neck pain with limited movement (I had treated her with all the standard techniques including joint mobs, muscle releases, neural mobilisation, postural correction, stretches, and exercises – only ever achieving temporary results) regained her full neck movement with no pain after 1 treatment of a Spiral fascial point on her forearm. We were both amazed and her outlook on life is so much more positive. I’ve been working as a physiotherapist for the past 32 years with elite sporting teams and private patients. During this time I have palpated and seen many patients with signs and symptoms that do not fit the standard anatomical nerve / joint / muscle referral patterns. This can now be explained by the facial system.
Add this course to your Professional Development program and you too will be inspired and able to provide an even higher standard of care for your patients."
Jim Eustace APAM
Chair Physiotherapy Business Australia - Qld Chapter
Fascial Manipulation© is a manual therapy that has been developed by Luigi Stucco PT, in collaboration with his children Carla Stucco and Antonio Stecco (both MDs, PhDs), over the last 40 years. Focusing on fascia and in particular the deep muscular fascia. FM considers the myofascial system as a three-dimensional continuum.
This method presents a complete biomechanical model that assists in deciphering the role of fascia in musculoskeletal disorders. In recent years, both Carla and Antonio Stecco have carried out extensive research into the anatomy and histology of the fascia via dissection of unembalmed cadavers in Italy and other countries. These dissections have provided new histological and anatomical data including the existence of myotendinous expansions between segments, the multi-layered structure of deep fascia and the abundant innervation of this tissue by mechanoreceptors and free nerve endings. The mainstay of the manual method developed by Luigi Stecco lies in the identification of specific, localised areas of the fascia in connection with specific limited movements. Once a limited or painful movement is identified, then a specific point on the fascia is implicated and through the appropriate manipulation of this precise part of the fascia, movement can be restored.
While Fascial Manipulation is mainstream in Europe, it is less well known in Australia (opportunity to get ahead of the crowd in offering and understanding tissue from a new perspective). Here are several resources to provide background information.
- Fascial Manipulation background paper
- Introductory video produced by students describing, the Facial Manipulation Method here,
- Video case study presentation here
- Fascial Manipulation Description
- Advancements in the practice and research of fascial manipulation here
- Fascial Manipulation Association's website,
Fascial Manipulation Level 2
You can find full details on the next level of training in the Level 2 course.
Rural & Remote Professional Development Support
See Rural Workforce Support Agencies for details in your state or territory.
We have had to cancel the March/April 2020 courses due to the Italian government locking down northern Italy, preventing the presenter from leaving. However, Julie is very keen to attend later in the year and has asked that interested clinicians register their interest so that we can contact you when things become a bit clearer. Please email Course Director if you are interested in attending a course later 2020.
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