Assessment & Treatment Solutions for the Difficult Knee

Introductory Course / No Pre-requisites | taught by Kris Albrecht, MS, PT, IMT,C & George Giannoni, PT, GDMT, IMT,C

Course description

Treatment of patellofemoral pain, post-op & joint replacement and other complex knee syndromes Using an Integrated Manual Approach including Myofascial Release, Strain/Counterstrain, Muscle Energy Techniques and more...

  • Learn an integrated manual approach for treatment of the difficult knee
  • Be able to immediately apply techniques into clinical practice
  • Learn treatment protocols and solutions for complex knee syndromes

Course Description: During this 2 day lab intensive course, students will learn how to assess and treat the difficult knee with a comprehensive manual approach including Myofascial Release and Muscle Energy Technique for the articular surfaces of the knee joint as well as Myofascial Release and Strain & Counterstrain Technique to reduce fascial tissue tension and protective muscle spasm of the knee joint soft tissues. During labs, students will gain clinical skills to be able to immediately apply these skills into a clinical setting following completion of the course. This integrated manual approach will promote greater articular balance of the knee, improved joint mobility, as well as improved strength and function of the entire lower extremity and reduce pain.

Course Outline:
Anatomy & Physiology of the pelvis, sacrum, and lower extremity
Introduction to Integrative Manual Therapy
Introduction to Myofascial Release
Introduction to the 'Weiselfish Model' of Muscle Energy Technique
Introduction to Jones' Strain & Counterstrain Technique
Myofascial Release for the Iliosacral Joints
Myofascial Release for the Sacrum
Soft Tissue Myofascial Release for the Knee joint
Articular Fascial Release for the Knee joint
Strain & Counterstrain Technique for the Sacrum
Strain & Counterstrain for the Knee
Muscle Energy Technique Type II Peripheral Joint Technique for the Knee
Type III's for the Knee
Application & Protocols
Summary/Review & Question/Answer

Kris Albrecht, MS, PT, IMT,C & George Giannoni, PT, GDMT, IMT,C
Kris Albrecht, MS, PT, IMT,C & George Giannoni, PT, GDMT, IMT,C
Teaching Faculty

Kris Albrecht, MS, PT, IMT,C
Adviser & Teaching Faculty

Kris Albrecht, MS, PT, IMT,C is a Primary Adviser and Chief Teaching Faculty at Manual Therapy Seminars and a Clinician at Integrative Wellness & Physical Therapy in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Kris has been practicing and teaching Manual Therapy for over 30 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy, and was a teaching fellow in Gross Anatomy at Boston University. At Rockville General Hospital, Kris designed and implemented the Physical Therapy portion of Heart Minders, a cardiac habilitation program as well as a podiatric orthotic program. She joined the Center for Integrative Manual Therapy / Regional Physical Therapy in 1988, and for nearly three decades has instructed a wide range of Manual Therapy courses nationally and internationally with Dialogues in Contemporary Rehabilitation and The Connecticut School of Integrative Manual Therapy in Bloomfield, CT. She was a test administrator for the Integrative Manual Therapy Certification exam. With a special interest in cranial therapy, neurological issues, and cardiac habilitation, Kris is a gifted lecturer and teaching mentor. 

George Giannoni, PT, GDMT, IMT,C
Teaching Faculty

George Giannoni, PT, GDMT, IMT,C is Teaching Faculty for Manual Therapy Seminars. He is a clinician and serves an advisory role at Integrative Wellness & Physical Therapy. His education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Gettysburg College, a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University, and a Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. George earned a Certification in Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT), and has been involved with IMT since it’s inception in 1983.   He also completed the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification course. George is a Certified Instructor and Practitioner for Sole Supports® Orthotic Technology.  One of his special interests includes the use of Manual Therapies and orthotics in the treatment of spinal, pelvic and lower extremity soft tissue, muscular and biomechanical dysfunctions. George served the Connecticut Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) as a member of the Quality Management and Practice Committee, and as Co-Coordinator of the Private Practice Support Group. In service to his community, George has been a 6 year member of the Board of Directors on the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce. He was also honored to serve the Territory of American Samoa as their Chief Physical Therapist for two years, and accompanied the Samoan team to their first Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. George has contributed as Coach and Team Physical Therapist for numerous hockey, soccer and baseball teams at various youth levels. He has also completed 4 marathons. George brings over 31 years of experience as a practicing therapist.

Course Curriculum

Chapter Two
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Chapter Three
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Chapter Five
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Chapter Six
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