Abstract ID: 3622

Primary Topic: Clinical skills-building
Secondary Topic: Manual medicine/body work (including chiropractic and massage)

Smart Phone, Dumb BioMechanics. Fascia-Based Pain Relief for Modern Times
David Lesondak, BCSI, AS, , Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Late Breaker: No


The purpose of this workshop is to provide the clinician or physician with the skills to effectively indentify and treat common musculoskeletal/myofascial pains associated with habitual cell phone usage. We will include both patho-anatomical (postural) identifiers as well as palpation-based assessments. Practical portion will teach how to target very specific structures directly, comfotably, and effectively.


1) Understand the fascia's role as a tissue and as a sensory nervous system.

2) Learn the biomechanical principle of tensegrity in relation to the fascia and chronic postural deviations.

3) Identify the postural patterns of habitual cellphone use, including analyzing the myofascial relationships between the Superficial Front Line and Superficial Back Line.

4) Recognize the contribution of the deeper arm and chest to the symptomatic neck, shoulder, and arm pain.

5) Learn 5 fascia-based approaches that provide immediate relief.

Time Frame

1 hour for lecture and context.

1.5 hours for technique and application

.5 hours for questions, real-world strategies, and applied learning.


David Lesondak, BCSI, ATSI, FST

Teaching/Learning Strategies

Interactive lectures with strong visual component.

Basic visual assessment tests.

Experiential portion with application of specific techniques and also to feel the immediate benefit, as participants will be treating each other.


00:00 - 00:30 – Introduction to fascia both as a tissue and a system. 

00:30 - 01:00 – Identifying common postural deviations and an overview of the underlying myofascial pathology.

01:00 - 02:30 - Practical Portion. Includes palpation and treatment for sternochondral fascia, scalenes, pectoralis minor, medial intermuscular septum, sub-occipitals. Diaphragm will be covered in demo and with particpants if time allows.

02:30 - 03:30 – Conclusions, questions, theorectical applications, etc...

If the program committee feels your presentation would be better suited for a different presentation type, such as a symposium (shorter format during the main meeting), would you be willing to adapt your presentation to fit the new format?


Who is the target audience of the workshop? Are there particular skills or background that are recommended as pre-requests?

Primary target are clinicians and then physicians. Hands-on manual skills are recommended, but basic palpation will be covered.

Is this workshop proposed by an organization?


Has the content (or substantial parts) of this workshop been previously presented or published (note: previous experience presenting the material may be considered a strength as long as continued interest is anticipated)?