The Eclectic Approach to TMD Part A: An Overview

presented by Erson Religioso

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The Eclectic Approach to TMD is a modern orthopedic manual therapy course. The Eclectic Approach was founded by Dr. Erson Religioso III. In this course participants will learn SFMA and repeated motion exam based patient classification and manual therapy techniques. The techniques include IASTM with The EDGE Tool, soft tissue release of the Upper Quarter, and joint mobilizations of the upper cervical spine and TMJ. Emphasis is placed on patient education and how to make the patient responsible for their own successful outcomes.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Erson Religioso, III, DPT, MS, MTC, Cert. MDT, CFC, CSCS, FMS, FMT, FAAOMPT

    Erson Religioso, III, DPT, MS, MTC, Cert. MDT, CFC, CSCS, FMS, FMT, FAAOMPT

    Dr. Erson Religioso III, DPT, MS, MTC, Cert. MDT, CFC, CSCS, FMS, FMT, FAAOMPT, graduated from D'Youville College in 1998 with a dual Bachelor's of Science and Master's of Science in Physical Therapy. His interests in Orthopaedics and Manual Therapy lead him to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine. Studying under Stanley Paris, PhD, PT, internationally known for his manual skills and knowledge of the spine as well as his distinguished faculty, Dr. Religioso earned his DPT and Manual Therapy Certification in 2000. He later became credentialed in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine in 2000, and in 2008 became one of four mentors in the country who can train orthopaedic manual therapy to MDT Diplomats, of which there are only several hundred in the world. Thanks to extensive training and certification from Dr. Mariano Rocabado, PT, of Chile, one of the world’s foremost experts in treatment of temporomandibular joint dysfunction, Dr. Religioso became certified in evaluation and treatment of oromaxillary, craniofacial, and temporomandibular pain in 2005. Later in 2005, he obtained Fellow status in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists and serves as a mentor for future Fellows through Daemen College’s Fellowship in OMPT program. He recently became certified in FMS level 1 in December 2011 and expects certification in level 1 of the Selective Functional Movement Assessment soon. In January 2013, Dr. Religioso became an official FMT level 2 certified Rock Doc, a state of the art method of kinesiotaping. Dr. Religioso is adjunct faculty of SUNY at Buffalo, where he teaches orthopaedic manual physical therapy in the DPT program. He founded the blog The Modern Manual Therapist to help mentor and teach professionals around the world and physioanswers.com to help educate consumers and the general public on the profession of physical/physiotherapy. He also is the creator of the EDGE Tool, a high quality stainless steel tool for assisted soft tissue manipulation, the EDGEility Tool, a lower cost, high quality plastic tool for IASTM, the CupEDGE, silicone cups for cupping massage and assisted tissue manipulation, the EDGE Mobility Bands, for enhancing mobility with compression wrapping and self mobilization from neck to foot, and the Stop Thought Viruses Challenge, for individuals in chronic/persistent pain states. He also is an importer of high quality Mirror Boxes for pain, arthritis, stroke rehab, and neuroorthopaedic problems.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Introduction

    1. Introduction

    In this chapter, participants will be introduced to the the Eclectic Approach and how it relates to Repeated Motions Exam, SFMA, and Pain Science Education. Also, gain insight into Mariano Rocabado’s influence on TMD and Physical Therapy.

  2. What is TMD?

    2. What is TMD?

    Learn the common signs and symptoms of TMD. Determine how to differentiate between S curve and C curve, and their relevance. Identify how to market to and who to market to for this patient population. Define the typical demographics of the TMD patient.

  3. Quick Anatomy

    3. Quick Anatomy

    Review relevant anatomy of the TMJ. Discuss disc and joint biomechanics. Analyze the normal and dysfunctional movement of the TMJ.

  4. Craniovertebral Relationship

    4. Craniovertebral Relationship

    Review Rocabado’s proven craniomandibular relationship. Discuss relevant patient education, and a quick review of the upper and lower cervical biomechanics.

  5. Case Studies

    5. Case Studies

    The online learners will review a case study and follow up to combine their knowledge in the background of TMD, the anatomy of the TMJ and the craniovertebral relationship.