Flexibility Masterclass with Mark Comerford

22nd February 2018

Flexibility for movement efficiency and movement health

New course 07/11/2018 to 10/11/2018 London UK with Mark Comerford

This 4-day masterclass presents a systemised framework to assess and manage restrictions, and delivers skills of movement assessment and retraining to exert long-term change on pain, pathology and compromised function and performance.

The event blends Mark’s multiple expertise in manual therapy techniques and movement analysis & retraining, within a rigorous framework of clinical reasoning to exert change on deficits in range and movement. It delivers skills to allow attendees to efficiently identify the nature of a restriction (myofascial/articular) and apply the most effective techniques to manage this deficit. It joins the dots of restriction, compensation and risk, ensuring attendees’ clinical reasoning skills become more robust in the face of deficits in flexibility and movement efficiency.

This mutlidisciplinary event is for:

  • Physiotherapists
  • , Pilates Instructors
  • , Movement Therapists
  • , Coaches
  • , Personal Trainers
  • , Medics & Sports Medicine Professionals
  • , Strength & Conditioning Coaches
  • , Sport Therapists,
  • Rehab Therapists
  • , Osteopaths, Chiropractors
  • Designed to help any movement, performance or therapy focussed professional to become proficient in the assessment and mobilisation of both articular and myofascial restrictions
  • On completion of these practically orientated 4 days, attendees will possess a range of skills which can be instantly applied within a systemised framework of movement efficiency 
  • The course provides a rigorous clinical reasoning structure to assist the identification and management of restrictions contributing to movement control impairments for all patient, client or athlete groups
We will present the tools necessary to allow the full spectrum of disciplines within therapy to:
  • Evaluate movement efficiency
  • Recover movement flexibility and extensibility to optimise the retraining of movement control efficiency
  • The course offers therapists the ability to identify whether current pain/dysfunction is linked to movement control impairments and how those movement control impairments a consequence of a loss of flexibility within myofascial and articular structures

The course presents movement as the vehicle supplying choice in people’s life, for life; a perspective shifting the emphasis away from pain and pathology, placing movement and movement health at the centre of contemporary intervention strategies


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Full course details

Course Outline
  • Delivers skills of analysis, restriction management and targeted movement retraining, to identify and resolve restrictions and movement compensations contributing to the development of impairments and pain.
  • Five different strategies are presented to regain extensibility of myofascial restrictions along with a clinical reasoning framework to decide which option is most appropriate at any time
  • The course identifies and supplies techniques to address specific articular restrictions almost always contributing to movement efficiency impairments.
Key features

Provides clinical reasoning and therapeutic skillset to manage restrictions and movement compensations that result in pain, pathology and compromised function

  • Explores relationship between uncontrolled movement and restrictions
  • Identifies relationship between uncontrolled movement, pain, recurrence and compromised function
  • Supplies skills to analyse potential restrictions and differentiate restricted tissues
    • Contractile (myofascial) tissue restrictions
    • Articular restrictions
    • Connective tissue restrictions
    • Neuro-dynamic restrictions
  • Supplies multiple options to regain myofascial contractile extensibility
  • Offers innovative manual techniques to mobilise specific articular restrictions contributing to uncontrolled movement
  • Learn effective techniques for regaining connective tissue mobility
    • Applying different techniques to Myers fascial ‘anatomy trains’
    • Applying different techniques to energy storage fascias
Supplies targeted movement retraining interventions, allowing professionals to enhance skills and employ a systemised framework
to change the mechanisms of movement impairment
Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss/define key concepts of flexibility
  • Differentiate between and contractile tissue and connective tissue restrictions
  • Identify altered muscle recruitment synergies and this influences changes in alignment
  • Demonstrate understanding of physiology of muscle contractile tissue in relation to extensibility
  • Locate and treat Myofascial Trigger Points (MTP)
  • Display ability to relate myofascial restriction to the site and direction of uncontrolled movement
  • Display ability to apply different principles / techniques to regain myofascial extensibility:
    • Autogenic inhibition (Post Isometric Relaxation) (Contract-Relax)
    • Reciprocal Inhibition (Active Inhibitory Re-stabilisation) (Active Antagonistic Contraction)
    • Myofascial Trigger Point stimulation.
    • Sustained stretch
  • Demonstrate understanding of the role of connective tissue in normal function and response to loading
  • Consider management principles and techniques to increase connective tissue extensibility
  • Understand the influence of both muscle and connective tissue extensibility on performance and injury risk
  • Apply both myofascial and connective tissue extensibility techniques into exercise programmes
  • Operate within a structured clinical reasoning framework to help patients achieve their outcomes


Programme Outline

Course programme includes:

  • How restrictions contribute to the development of movement control impairments, pain and pathology
  • How to analyse for potential restrictions that cause painful compensations
  • The differentiation of restrictive tissues
    • Contractile (myofascial) tissue restrictions
    • Articular restrictions
    • Connective tissue restrictions
    • Neuro-dynamic restrictions
  • Analysis of restrictions and their influence on movement efficiency and movement control
  • How are contractile tissues are affected by muscle reflexes
  • Techniques for regaining muscle contractile extensibility
  • The effect of myofascial trigger points on muscle extensibility
  • For each global mobiliser (multi-joint) muscle:
    • Analyse the muscle action & therefore it’s elongation direction
    • Apply different management options to regain extensibility
      • Active antagonist contraction via reciprocal inhabitation (Active Inhibitory Restabilisation)
      • Post isometric relaxation via autogenic inhibition (Contract-Relax)
      • Myofascial Trigger Point stimulation.
      • Passive stretch (sustained force loading)
    • Analysis of the dominant global mobiliser muscle restrictions or overactivity on the site and direction of uncontrolled movement
    • Innovative manual techniques to mobilise specific articular restrictions that always contribute to movement compensation and inefficient movement
    • Manual techniques for regaining connective tissue mobility
      • Applying different techniques to Myers fascial ‘anatomy trains'
      • Applying different techniques to energy storage fascias


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Keywords: Courses, Movement Efficiency