Fluid Articular Release-Upper (FAR-U-O) - Orthopedic LDT - Sun. Aug 16th - Tue. Aug 18th, 2020 - Online Webinar
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Class Date
Sunday, Aug 16, 2020 to Tuesday, Aug 18, 2020
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United States
Bruno Chikly, MD, DO, LMT
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Take Advantage of the Discounted Class Price: $550

Class Pre-requisites: none

Continuing Education (CE): 18 CEUs from NCBTMB


You will need a model to practice on for each technique.

Remember if your partner is a manual therapist she/he will ethically need to pay for the class. 

After you complete your payment, you will receive an email with all needed information about the class (including Zoom link and password).

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Fluid Articular Release-Upper (FAR-U-O) - Orthopedic LDT

By Bruno Chikly, MD, DO, LMT


This wonderful class will teach students to use a specific synovial fluid rhythm to release restrictions specific to all body articulations, including "fused" embryological articulations. 

This material has been successfully taught for over 20 years in the lymph curriculum and has no prerequisite.


These techniques use fluid and are very gentle and non invasive and can be applied with great success to babies, elderly and even animals.


  • Learn how to release joints in the body in a non-invasive manner.
  • Learn articulation fluid release techniques for:
    - Peripheral (appendicular) articulations: upper extremity from acromioclavicular joint and clavicle to the hand articulations - embryological structures
    - Two types of rib cage articulations – sternum and embryological structures
    - Spine: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral and coccyx – intervertebral, facets (zygapophyseal) and embryological articulation

These techniques use fluid and are gentle and can be applied with ease and great success to babies, elderly and even animal.

  • When the bony framework is out of place numerous types of pathologies can happen from pain and dysfunction, discomfort, asymmetry/misalignment, range of motion abnormalities, tissue/tone changes, affecting the muscles, fascia, viscera or bones themselves.

A wide range of pathologies can be associated with joint dysfunction, and may be alleviated by these techniques, including:

  • Musculoskeletal pain in general
  • Neck pain
  • Some headache, dizziness or vertigo
  • Joint pain such as shoulder pain, elbow pain, wrist pain, etc.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Treatment of accidents and injuries, including some whiplash
  • Work injuries
  • Sport injuries
  • Repetitive stress injury (RSI), joint or muscle overuse
  • Arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
  • Some gastrointestinal disorders (somato-visceral reflex)
  • Some nerve entrapment
  • Stress, general vitality and well being 

Embryological articulations assessed and released during FAR-U classes:

  • Metopic suture
  • Symphysis menti
  • Vertical sternal bars
  • Sternebrae
  • Posterior neural arch of vertebrae, centrum and other articulations
  • Diaphysis / epiphysis of extremities


Class length: 3 days 


Class Hours:

Time: All time EST time (New York time)

Day 1:  10am - 6pm EST

Day 2:  10am - 6pm EST

Day 3:  10am - 6pm EST

Lunch Break: Approximately 45 minutes


Scientific Facts:

  • Did you know that radiopaque substances injected in human articulations are drained/found few minutes later in the lymphatic vessels. Lymphatic dysfunction is found in degenerative joint disease. It may begin to explain how lymphatic techniques can help joint release.

Albuquerque M., De Lima J.P. Articular Lymphoscintigraphy in Human Knees Using Radiolabeled Dextran. Lymphology. 1990, 23, P.215-218.

Vittas D., Reimann I., Nielsen S.L.. Intraarticular Lymphoscintigraphy of the Human Knee Joint: A Preliminary Study. Lymphology. 1987, 20, P.98-101.


  • Lymphatic vessels are distributed in soft tissues around the joint capsule, ligaments, fat pads, and muscles of normal knees. The number of lymphatic vessels, particularly the number of capillaries, are significantly increased in joints of mice with mild osteoarthritis (OA), while the number of mature lymphatic vessels was markedly decreased in joints of mice with severe OA. OA knees exhibited significantly decreased lymph clearance (manual therapist can help stimulate lymph flow). The number of both capillary and mature lymphatic vessels was significantly decreased in the joints of patients with OA.

Shi J, Liang Q, Zuscik M, Shen J, et al. Distribution and alteration of lymphatic vessels in knee joints of normal and osteoarthritic mice. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2014 Mar;66(3):657-66. doi: 10.1002/art.38278. PMID: 24574226


  • There is decreased drainage from the joint during arthritic flare (manual therapist can help stimulate lymph flow). Alterations in lymphatic flow may be of importance in the fluctuating course observed in chronic inflammatory diseases. In TNF-Tg mice, a model of inflammatory–erosive arthritis, the popliteal lymph node (PLN) enlarges during the pre-arthritic ‘expanding’ phase, and then ‘collapses’ (i.e. reduction in lymph node volume and contrast enhancement) with adjacent knee flare associated with the loss of the intrinsic lymphatic rhythm/pulse.

Bouta EM, Wood RW, Brown EB, et al. In vivo quantification of lymph viscosity and pressure in lymphatic vessels and draining lymph nodes of arthritic joints in mice. J Physiol. 2014 Mar 15;592(6):1213-23. doi: 10.1113/jphysiol.2013.266700. Epub 2014 Jan 13. PMID: 2442135


  • Recent studies in mice demonstrated alterations in lymphatics from affected joints precede flares (so possibility of a potential preventative manual therapy).

Bouta EM, Wood RW, Perry SW, et al. Measuring intranodal pressure and lymph viscosity to elucidate mechanisms of arthritic flare and therapeutic outcomes. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2011 Dec;1240:47-52. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2011.06237.x. PMID: 22172039


  • The lymph generated in RA joints, as well as lymphatic flow, are increased during disease progression and contain significantly elevated levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines. Manual drainage can help evacuation of these pro-inflammatory molecules.

Olszewski WL, Pazdur J, Kubasiewicz E, et al. Lymph draining from foot joints in rheumatoid arthritis provides insight into local cytokine and chemokine production and transport to lymph nodes. Arthritis Rheum. 2001;44:541–549.


  • The blockade of lymphangiogenesis at the beginning of arthritis development increased the severity of joint tissue injury. Again, Manual drainage can help drain these joints.

Guo R, Zhou Q, Proulx ST, et al. Inhibition of lymphangiogenesis and lymphatic drainage via vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 3 blockade increases the severity of inflammation in a mouse model of chronic inflammatory arthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 2009;60:2666–2676.


  • Many studies suggest that there is a direct relationship between lymph flow dysfunction and inflammation. First, loss-of-function studies have shown that inhibition of lymphangiogenesis with anti-VEGFR3 neutralizing antibodies decreases lymphatic flow from the foot and increases the severity of ankle joint inflammation. Secondly, lymphangiogenesis induced via intra-articular injection of recombinant adeno-associated virus that over expresses VEGF-C, significantly increased lymph flow, and reduces inflammation in arthritic joints.

Zhou Q, Wood R, Schwarz EM, et al. Near-infrared lymphatic imaging demonstrates the dynamics of lymph flow and lymphangiogenesis during the acute versus chronic phases of arthritis in mice. Arthritis Rheum. 2010 Jul;62(7):1881-9. doi: 10.1002/art.27464. PMID: 20309866


Class Preparation: 

Review the following plates in Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy (1st Edition Netter=1E, 2nd Edition Netter=2E, 3rd Edition Netter=3E, 4th Edition Netter=4E)

  • Periosteum
  • Sternum, manubrium, xiphoid process, sternochrondral and chondrocostal articulation of thorax
  • Costovertebral and costotransverse articulation, intervertebral and zygapophyseal articulations (facettes)
  • Spinous and transverse processes
  • Odontoid of C2, atlanto-odontoidal articulation, alar ligament
  • Cranial bones and structures: frontal bone, parietal bone, temporal bone, occipital bone, sphenoid bone, ethmoid bone external occipital protuberance (inion)
  • Cranial sutures: coronal, sagittal, parieto-temporal, parieto-occipital (occipito-mastoid), lambdoid, metopic suture
  • Facial and cervical bones: mandible, maxilla, palatine bone, zygomatic bone, nasal bone, lacrimal bone, symphysis menti, hyoid bone greater and lesser cornu. 2E=1,3E=2,4E=2, 2E=49,3E=51,4E=55
  • Bones and articulations of the upper extremities, shoulder, scapula, clavicle, acromion, humerus, coracoid, epicondyle, radius, ulna, MCP (metacarpophalangeal). 2E=231,3E=342,4E=354



Bring comfortable, loose fitting clothes. 

Short finger nails are required for some techniques.


Cancellation Policy:

Tuition Transfer: The tuition is fully transferable up to 7 days prior to the start of the class.

Within 7 days, a $100.00 administrative fee will apply.

Tuition Refund: Tuition refund requests must be made in writing. Emails are acceptable. Tuition is fully refundable up to 30 days prior to the start of the class, after which your tuition is non-refundable. In case of emergency, any requests for a refund later than 30 days prior to class start, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


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