2325 – Release Points for Low Back

Intermediate / Land Workshop


Washington, DC / Friday, February 22, 2019 – 1:30-4:30 pm – 3.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 1:30-4:30 pm)


Faculty: Julia Meno, CTRS, CMT, ATRIC



This is a land workshop to learn trigger points associated with pain that affect the low back. This is a hands-on class to examine/palpate trigger points and the pain referral patterns typically presented with LBP. You will learn that many release points that are treated are distant from the area of pain complaint. We will discuss types of deficiencies that create LBP and how to progress an individual to eventual self-maintenance. The therapist will learn to apply both direct and indirect release techniques.



1)  Review of the current understanding of what is a Trigger Point (TP)

2)  Explore a brief history of acupressure and how it works to relieve pain.

3)  Identify an active TP from a latent TP.

4)  Determine how to use a TP Pain Referral Chart.

5)  Examine visual and touch techniques for locating a TP.

6)  Practice the direct techniques of vibration, friction, grasp and compression.

7)  Practice an indirect release technique. 


FACULTY: Julia Meno, CTRS, CMT, ATRIC, is the founder/owner of Therapeutic Aquatics, Inc. and provides provides individual Myofascial Aquatic Body Work, AquaStretch™ and adaptive aquatic classes. She is the author and publisher of The Bad Ragaz Ring Method Visual Instructional Manual and Video; and co-producer of the PNF in The Pool and Myofascial Aquatic Body Work DVDs. She received the 2014 Aquatic Therapy Professional Award and the 2002 ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award.