Positional Release Therapy

Positional Release Therapy

Dates: April 27, 2019 (8AM - 5PM) & April 28, 2019 (8AM - 1:30PM)

Location: Sacred Heart University, Center for Healthcare Education, 4000 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604

Cost & Payment: $500 ($250 for a current PT/AT student - must pay by mail)

Registration Deadline: April 15, 2019

CEHs: 10.5 (6 of which are EBP – Evidence Based Practice) CEUS for Athletic Trainers


Course Description

In this session, Spine and Pelvis PRT techniques and clinical approaches to specific pathological conditions are addressed, such as abdominal/oblique strains, low back pain, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, sciatica, and others. Course attendees also receive a comprehensive overview of surface anatomy coupled with one-to-one instruction on how to appropriately palpate tender points and trigger points to enable the treatment of them with positional release therapy as well as instruction on how to perform a myofascial scanning evaluation. Course attendees also receive basic instruction on biomechanical influences that can serve as myofascial restriction triggers.

Learning Objectives

By the completion of the course, the student should:

  • Be able to describe the Mechanical Coupling Theory and how its supporting evidence is
    applicable for application of PRT for somatic dysfunction (Level 3)
  • Be able to demonstrate at least three PRT spine and pelvis techniques to treat non-specific low back pain (Level 3)
  • Be able to demonstrate at least two common ADL (activity of daily living) techniques to
    prevent and manage low back pain (Level 1)
  • Recall at least five clinical implications and contraindications of PRT and (Level 1)
  • Verbalize how spine and pelvis PRT can be integrated into a treatment plan for conditions such as non-specific low back pain (Level 4)

Learning Objective Levels:

  • Level 1: Recall
  • Level 2: Understanding and Reproduction of Material with Assistance
  • Level 3: Application and Demonstration of Material with Minimal Assistance
  • Level 4: Reasoning and Formulation of Strategies to Solve Problems, Demonstration of Multi-Step Process with Assistance
  • Level 5: High Level of Abstract Reasoning, Conclusion Testing and Analysis, High Level of Autonomous Proficiency

Course Schedule

Day 1

  • 8AM: Course Overview/Introductions
  • 8:15AM: Lecture and Demo (Level 1 & 2)
  • 10AM: Break
  • 10:15AM: Myofascial Mapping & Scanning (Level 1-3)
  • 11:15AM: ADL Assessment & Instruction (Level 1-3)
  • 11:45AM: Pelvis Instruction (Level 1-3)
  • 12:30PM: Lunch
  • 1:30PM: Pelvis Instruction (Level 1-3)
  • 3PM: Lumbar Spine Instruction (Level 1-3)
  • 4:45PM: Discussion & Questions

Day 2

  • 8AM: Learning Activity (Level 1-4)
  • 8:30AM: Thoracic Spine Instruction (Level 1-3)
  • 10AM: Break
  • 10:15AM: Cervical Spine Instruction (Level 1-3)
  • 12:30PM: Case Examination & Discussion (Level 1-3)
  • 12:50PM: Closing Remarks, Questions & Survey


Timothy E. Speicher, PhD, ATC, LAT, CSCS, PRT-c®

Dr. Timothy Speicher is an Athletic Trainer (AT), Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Positional Release Therapist (PRT-c®). He completed his B.S. at Towson University in 1995 and received his graduate training from Marshall University in 1998, where he served as Clinical Supervisor and AT to the undergraduate Athletic Training Program and Strength and Conditioning Coach to the Men's Soccer team. He completed his doctoral degree in Adult Learning from the University of Connecticut.

Dr. Speicher has served as an Associate Professor and Research Fellow in the DSc Health Sciences Program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, teaching evidence-based medicine and is currently Affiliate Faculty for the Athletic Training Programs (DAT, MSAT) at the University of Idaho, where he teaches Neuroscience. Dr. Speicher has also taught positional release therapy (PRT) within the Advanced Athletic Training Master’s Program at the University of Utah. Previously, he served the undergraduate and graduate athletic training programs at Weber State University as Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Research as well as Clinical Coordinator. Dr. Speicher also served the Neuroscience Program at Weber in the capacity of Executive Committee member and guest lecturer. Dr. Speicher was also previously employed at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut where he served as Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Human Movement and Sports Science Program for athletic training and exercise science as well as Associate Researcher and Director for the Life and Sport Analysis Clinic, a biomechanical analysis laboratory and clinic serving the general and university populations. During his first two years at Sacred Heart, he also served as the AT for Division I track and field. Dr. Speicher also served as Program Director of the Athletic Training Program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Dr. Speicher has provided service to his profession as a State President, Board of Director for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Research and Education Foundation and currently serves as a journal reviewer for the International Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training and the Athletic Training Education Journal. Dr. Speicher is also an Editorial Board Member for the Athletic Training Education Journal and reviewer for the Journal of Human Resource Development Review. Locally, Dr. Speicher serves as an Expert Panel Member for Utah Running.com.

Dr. Speicher’s clinical expertise and research is in positional release therapy (PRT), case-based analogical reasoning, transfer of learning, therapeutic modalities, biomechanical analysis, orthotic prescription and fabrication. Dr. Speicher’s research has been presented and published nationally and internationally. In 2013 and 2014 the Athletic Training Educator’s Journal awarded Dr. Speicher their first place award for Outstanding Perspectives Manuscript. Dr. Speicher's recent text: Clinical Guide to Positional Release Therapy, has been published in 13 countries.

Dr. Speicher's teaching assignments have included, neuroscience, evidence-based preventative measures in athletic training, problem-based learning, emergency medicine, orthopedic assessment, prevention of injury and illness, therapeutic modalities, general medicine, and rehabilitation. Dr. Speicher has worked in a variety of clinical environments with various populations and age groups. These have included the collegiate, high school, in and outpatient rehabilitation, industrial and Olympic settings. Most notably, Dr. Speicher served as a Medical Supervisor for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games for Long Track Speed Skating. He is founder and President of the Positional Release Therapy Institute, a company that provides PRT and physical medicine and rehabilitation for patients, and for clinicians; instruction, training and certification in PRT.

Jackie Davidson, MS, ATC, LAT, PRT-c®

Jackie Davidson is the Director of Clinical Education at Ruben S. Ayala High School. She oversees the care of 1,200 student-athletes. Prior, Jackie worked with the Sports Medicine Outreach Program at OrthoMemphis as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. With OrthoMemphis, Jackie had covered Middle School and High School Rugby, Lacrosse, Football, Baseball, Softball, and Soccer. She also worked with an adult soccer league. Jackie has also worked as an independent contractor for Chino Hills High School, Stanford University Baseball Camps, USA Football, USA Field Hockey, USA Beach Volleyball, and Orange Coast College. Jackie is a Certified Positional Release Therapist through the Positional Release Therapy Institute. She also uses Total Motion Release (TMR), Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), The McKenzie Method (Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy-MDT), KinesioTaping, and The Mulligan Concept in her clinical practice.

Jackie has teaching experience as a private educator for the Pacific Ballet Conservatory. She also taught with Baldy View ROP in Health Sciences. She has been a Guest Lecturer at Noro College and presented a lecture series in The History and Profession of Athletic Training, Emergency Action Plans, Emergency Care, and Anatomy and Movement. Jackie has volunteered with Athletes in Action and presented overseas in The Armenian Sports Medicine Conference in topics of Thermoregulation and Hydration, and Ankle Evaluations. She is also a certified BLS instructor.

She completed her Master of Science in Athletic Training from California Baptist University and was awarded with the Most Outstanding Graduate Student in Athletic Training during the hooding ceremony. In 2013, Jackie and two of her fellow classmates won their district quiz bowl and represented District 8 (California, Nevada, and Hawaii) in the National Athletic Trainers' Association Quiz Bowl. In 2008, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Pedagogy from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Jackie enjoys being an advocate for her profession. She is involved with meeting with legislators regarding the need for licensure for athletic trainers in the state of California.

Regis Turocy DHCE, MPT

Dr. Turocy received his bachelor of science degree from West Virginia University in 1970, his certificate in physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971, a Master of Science degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 1983, a Master of Arts in Health Care Ethics from Duquesne University in 1996, and his Doctorate in Health Care Ethics from Duquesne University in 2000. Dr. Turocy also has extensive experience in orthopedic physical therapy and alternative care approaches to physical therapy. Upon graduating from physical therapy school, Dr. Turocy was commissioned as a naval officer in the United States Navy Medical Service Corps., and after 21 years of distinguished service he retired in 1991. After retirement he served as a full time faculty member at Duquesne University School of Health Related Professions and the Graduate School of Physical Therapy Slippery Rock University. He taught extensively in the areas of orthopedic manual therapy, electrotherapeutic modalities, health care ethics, and complementary approaches to health care. Dr. Turocy has provided numerous educational presentations to certified athletic trainers at the local, regional, state, district and national levels emphasizing the clinical use of PositionalRelease, Neural Tension, and Muscle Energy Techniqiues. Dr. Turocy is presently evaluating and treating patients at Catholic Charities Free Health Care Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA., and he was recently ordained as a Deacon in the Anglican Church and will be investigating the relationship between spirituality and health care.