Stroke Rehab - An Integrated Functional Movement Approach, a Continuing Education Course for Physical and Occupational Therapists Presented by North American Seminars

Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. This two-day physical therapy and occupational therapy continuing education course delivers understanding of the underlying mechanisms of stroke diagnosis in order to enhance a therapist’s ability to determine the specific rehab needs of stroke patients.

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Understanding the underlying mechanisms of a stroke diagnosis will enhance the therapist’s ability to determine specific rehab needs of the stroke patient.

Franklin, TN (PRWEB) September 29, 2011

Physical and Occupational Therapists and Assistants treat patients and their impairments, not the diagnosis. Understanding the underlying mechanisms of a stroke diagnosis will enhance the therapist’s ability to determine specific rehab needs of the stroke patient. This North American Seminars course, with applications for patients in all therapy settings, will focus on the movement re-education needs required for basic daily function of the patient from an integrated approach based on neurologic science and orthopedics. This intermediate level course combines lecture and extensive lab time designed for participants to practice motor skills covered in lecture that will immediately enhance a clinician’s ability to treat this population. Historic and modern approaches to stroke rehab such as: motor control theory, PNF, NDT, strength training, forced use paradigm, mobility and gait unloading and training will all be integrated into this movement training approach. Orthopedic concerns of the neurological patient and the hemiplegic shoulder will also be addressed.

This continuing education course provides a systematic movement re-education treatment approach. Concepts presented will teach you how to utilize the fundamental movement patterns of the neurodevelopmental sequence to view mobility and static/dynamic stability problems in a more isolated setting. You will learn how to identify a patient’s most dysfunctional movement pattern following stroke, or any other movement disorder, and reduce that pattern into its many underlying mobilizing and stabilizing actions and reactions that constitute function. As demonstrated in the labs, movement patterns can be assisted and facilitated, corrected (with manual therapy and prescribed proprioceptively enriched therapeutic exercise), and progressed. After completion of this course, the participant will have the information needed to evaluate and treat movement dysfunction. Participants will leave this course with a safe, progressive and evidence-based approach to allow for strong therapy outcomes regardless of therapy background or treatment setting.

Physical therapy continuing education objectives and Occupational therapy continuing education objectives

  • Identify how to analyze, correct and progress movement patterns.
  • Develop and perform a complete evaluation approach linking movement assessment findings to functional patterns.
  • Discuss evidence-based practice for strength training, forced use, body weight supported therapies and virtual reality and how they relate to the stroke patient population.
  • Describe the scientific and clinical rationale behind the development of an exercise program for the treatment of functional mobility in the stroke population.
  • Demonstrate the proper utilization of the fundamental movement patterns of the neurodevelopmental sequence to view mobility and static/dynamic stability problems in a more isolated setting.
  • Learn how to identify a patient’s most dysfunctional movement pattern following stroke, reduce that pattern into its many underlying mobilizing and stabilizing actions and reactions that constitute function.
  • Describe how neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction can lead to impaired motor control and movement patterns.
  • Understand how to utilize neuromuscular inhibition and facilitation techniques and how to sequence them in therapy prescriptions for maximum functional outcomes.
  • Develop home exercise programs of prescribed fundamental movement patterns to maintain functional results.

Continuing Education Course Dates

January 28-29, 2012 Las Vegas, Nevada – Summerlin Hospital

March 10-11, 2012 Escondido, CA – Palomar Pomerado Health/Palomar Medical Center

March 24-25, 2012 Tacoma, WA – Multicare Health System

April 14-15, 2012 St. Louis, MO – St. Anthony’s Medical Center

April 21-22, 2012 San Ramon, CA - San Ramon Regional Medical Center

May 19-20, 2012 Chicago, IL – Vital Rehabilitation

June 9-10, 2012 Portland, OR – Providence Portland Medical Center

October 6-7, 2012 Dallas, TX – Methodist Dallas Medical Center

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North American Seminars presents a new continuing education course for physical therapists and occupational therapists