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A Dynamic Systems Approach to Neurological Rehabilitation

Current research in integrative medicine has shown that a dynamic systems approach to rehabilitation can play a significant role in enhancing functional outcomes for people with stroke, MS, Parkinson’s and Post Polio Syndrome. In this course, integrative techniques -- such as tai chi, yoga, health-focused meditation, and acupressure -- along with traditional neurological methods such as soft tissue techniques to reduce tone, trigger point and myofascial release, and lymphedema massage for the swollen upper extremity patients; are incorporated with traditional western medical treatments.

Participants will leave this course with a wealth of ideas to take to their clinics for addressing the obstacles that people with neurological disorders often face. You will feel confident with modifying these activities so that even your lower level patients can participate and benefit with measurable functional outcomes.

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A Master Clinicians Approach to Advanced Concepts in Examination and Treatment of the Shoulder Complex

Combine fifty four years of clinical experience with expertise from over one hundred evidence based research articles and you have a recipe for an advanced shoulder course providing the most up to date practical evidenced based information. This hands-on course will enhance your expertise in examination, manual therapy, and reasoning skills, thus providing you with the expertise to develop advanced therapeutic exercise programs for shoulder dysfunction.

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Acute Care Rehab

This two-day, intermediate level course will provide the clinician with the tools necessary to make appropriate decisions in the ICU and acute care environments. The core principles are introduced so that clinician can acquire specific information on a variety of topics in order to effectively manage and progress patients with varying degrees of involvement. Specific details on how to work with tubes, lines, and other medical equipment will enhance the clinician’s ability to feel confident. Tools such as the ABCDEF bundles and other evidence-based assessment and treatment tools will be reviewed and utilized in lab sessions. In addition, clinicians will also learn proper management strategies for the cardiac and pulmonary patient and hands on techniques to improve function.

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Advancements in the Management and Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury

There are approximately 11,000 to 12,000 new spinal cord cases each year in the United States. Understanding this, will you be the therapists equipped to help these patients achieve their maximum functional level? In this course, you will learn how to find function at levels where you thought there was none. You will understand how the current research and new clinical techniques can affect your patients’ functional outcomes. When you leave this course you will be envigorated to approach the treatment of spinal cord injury in a brand new functional and more effective way.

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Balance Dysfunction and Intervention - An Advanced Evidence Based Course

Determining the cause of a patient’s imbalance is just as important, or in some cases more important, than providing treatment for imbalance. This advanced course helps the medical professional determine the cause of imbalance, employ appropriate outcome measures, and implement the appropriate treatment. All examination and intervention strategies discussed are evidence-based and relevant to the patient with balance dysfunction. Vestibular, neurological, and orthopedic causes of imbalance will be discussed, including pathologies such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, cerebellar dysfunction, total joint arthroplasties, lumbar spine dysfunction, and vestibular dysfunction.

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Cancer Rehab - Bridging the Gap Between Medical Prognosis and Physical Realities

Cancer rehabilitation encompasses the mind as well as the entire body. Both psychological and physiological factors are involved. As a therapist you need to understand how the the body works in optimal conditions and in compromised situations. An understanding of how the body responds to specific cancer treatments and the associated response time will ultimately affect your rehab program and plans. This knowledge will provide you with the tools needed to successfully encourage and treat a patient throughout the continuum of care and enable you to reach measurable functional outcomes in a timely manner.

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Comprehensive Management of the Elbow, Wrist and Hand

This intermediate-level course provides an in-depth presentation on the successful management of elbow, wrist and hand injuries. Discover the essential anatomy and biomechanical contributions to optimal healing and function. A comprehensive approach to enhancing evaluation skills and tools to understand common surgical procedures, will be presented. Specific laboratory sessions will provide expert feedback from the instructor on the key elements for effective evaluation and treatment techniques. This information will contribute to the overall understanding of how to appropriately develop rehab programs that produce optimal functional results.

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Developing Post Surgical Rehab Programs for the Cervical and Lumbar Spine

The overall number of cervical and lumbar spine surgeries is increasing by the thousands each year. Learn in detail about the mechanical and physiological changes that occur with many different spinal surgeries and how postoperative therapy can build upon the surgical corrections. You will leave this course with an understanding of physiological changes that occur post-surgically and how and when to apply specific techniques to enhance function and decrease pain.

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Evidence Based Rehab Techniques for Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis and Peripheral Neuropathy

Thinking outside the box is essential when working with patients with neurological disorders. Combining everyday functional activities and sports related movements can improve overall functional movement. This course will enlarge your understanding of how to incorporate appropriate progressions of movement into the rehab program and thus build upon a foundational base of strength, flexibility, coordination and endurance.

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Functional Mechanics of the Lumbopelvic Region and Lower Extremity

This course will teach you how to enhance your differential diagnosis skills by identifying specific dysfunctions within the lumbar spine and the lower extremities. Manual therapy techniques, combined with a thorough functional movement analysis, will enable you to effectively identify faulty movement patterns within the lumbar spine and lower kinetic chain. The treatment techniques, manual therapy skills, and critical thinking concepts presented in this course will provide you with the tools necessary to address musculoskeletal imbalances and develop a comprehensive rehabilitation program to optimize healthy and efficient functional movement patterns.

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Gait Training An Evidence Based Course Combining Manual Therapy, Exercise and Functional Activities

Neurological gait disorders can be debilitating. Limited motion in the elderly can lead to additional life-threatening conditions and even death. Understanding the underlying multifactorial causes of diminished gait will provide the foundation for developing an effective program for your client to maximize mobility. Coordinating rehab activities to enhance motor relearning and mental processing will provide the client with a progressive treatment approach leading to a higher functional level.

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Geriatric Fractures and Joint Replacements

Mobility is one of the most important factors when dealing with post-op fracture repair. Understanding the mechanisms of injury, surgical procedures and healing process will provide you with the ability to develop an appropriate progressive rehab program. Learn the essentials in this course to enhance, mobility, proprioception, motor skills and overall functional ability.

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Geriatric Pain and Mobility

This geriatric continuing education course takes you through a logical progression of how to treat musculoskeletal and neurological pain, train the nervous system to move the body without recreating the pain response, and progress the patient through functional gains as he or she continues through the healing process. Discussion will include age-related changes and special considerations needed for this clientele. Extensive hands-on laboratory sessions will enhance your manual therapy skills to promote soft tissue changes and improve function. Participants that attend this course will be confident in developing a comprehensive program that addresses the functional challenges that often occur with the aging population.

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Geriatric Strengthening and Movement Re-education for Mobility

One out of three adults over age 65 falls each year, which translates to millions of older adults experiencing a fall and possibly suffering from a lifelong disability. A rehab specialist properly trained in geriatric care can significantly impact the life of the geriatric patient for fall prevention, strengthening, and safe mobility. Attend this course and learn rehab techniques that will benefit this aging population and positively impact an older person’s quality of life.

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Invisible Trauma - Recovery from Complex Concussions

Thirty percent of those with mild traumatic brain injury have a prolonged recovery. Co-morbidities also complicate the rehabilitation process and make efficient intervention challenging. This two-day advanced evidence-based course is designed for physical therapists who have a basic knowledge of mild TBI and vestibular rehab and would like to improve their skills.

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Lower Extremity Orthopedic and Sports Injuries in the Young Athlete

The increase in adolescent participation in competitive sports has given rise to an ever growing population of young adult with orthopedic injuries. These injuries due to the age of the individual can be have lasting impact of the quality of life of the athlete if they are not properly managed. This course will identify the latest evidence on tools to prevent, diagnose, and treat injuries unique to the youth athlete. Special emphasis will be spent on understanding the effects of maturational status on motor planning and injury risk.

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Myofascial Release and Soft Tissue Techniques to Improve Functional Outcomes and Reduce Pain

Pain is often the symptom associated with a wide range of underlying physiological disorders. Traditional medicine frequently relies on prescription pain killers to assist with pain management, as demonstrated by more than 23 million Americans who currently abuse opioids. This course will demonstrate the effectiveness of reversing the pain pathway cycle through hands-on myofascial techniques. By combining evidence-based information with clinical efficacy and hands-on training, you will be able to utilize the most effective techniques to decrease pain and increase function.

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Optimizing Functional Mobility in the Older Adult

Optimize your understanding of comprehensive examination of older adults with orthopedic, neurologic, and cardiopulmonary diagnoses as well as other pathologies with an emphasis on integrating findings into the development of the plan of care.

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PNF and Beyond to Enhance Functional Gait

Enhance functional mobility and gait by combining PNF techniques with a comprehensive, coordinated approach to traditional rehab methods. This course offers a host of techniques for determining appropriate treatments for the facilitation of coordinated movement and function. Course participants can immediately apply the techniques learned in this PNF seminar to their orthopedic and neurological patients.

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woman having a vestibular attack experiencing dizziness and occulomotor issues

Restoring Synergy - Management of Complex Vestibular Dysfunction

This two-day advanced course is designed for physical therapists and occupational therapists, who have prior experience in vestibular rehabilitation and are seeking to refine their clinical evaluation and treatment skills beyond the basics.

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Running Injuries - Examination, Differential Diagnosis and Treatment Interventions

This comprehensive, evidence-based and interactive course combines running biomechanics, exercise physiology, and orthopedic and sports physical therapy principles in order to formulate an easy-to-understand evaluation and treatment approach that can be immediately utilized with your patients and clients. The lecture sessions lay the foundation for understanding running mechanics and present the latest evidence on treating running injuries. The laboratory sessions will teach you the fundamentals of evaluating an injured runner, performing a 2-D running gait assessment, and incorporating the latest evidence-based treatment technique. This course highlights the emerging science of running gait retraining and provides in-depth pointers on how to best implement these techniques with your patients and clients.

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Sports Concussions An Evidence Based Course Designed to Maximize Results

A Concussion is a mild injury to the brain and can have significant consequences if not properly treated. This sports concussion course will outline a evidence based treatment “trajectory” for therapists, detailing a step by step process for the management of patients with sports concussions. These trajectories include; cervical, ocular, vestibular, post-traumatic migraine, cognitive/fatigue and anxiety/mood and when identified early can facilitate active rehabilitation and return to sport. This course will review history of treatment of concussions with most current “best” practices as well as pathophysiology and recent advances in diagnosis and management.

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Stroke - Functional Mobility Through Manual Facilitation

The application of PNF facilitation techniques enhance muscular activation directly and indirectly through the principle of irradiation. Knowing how to utilize indirect, as well as, direct treatment techniques is an essential tool for all therapists, as it enhances patient engagement and improves functional movement outcomes. Clinicians and patients see immediate results which encourages them to build upon the gains they achieve during subsequent visits. The information presented in this course is applicable to a large variety of diagnoses including orthopedic, neurological, geriatric and general debilitated patients.

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Stroke - Impacting the Under 55 Year Old Population

There has been a recent increase in the incidence of strokes in the younger population, with respect to shorter hospital stays, decreased reimbursement and limited long-term rehabilitation options, a young stroke victim can lead a lifetime of disability with significant financial burden and isolation. This course will discuss the need to optimize care from the acute care setting to the home care setting to improve a young stroke patients quality of life. Important concepts will be presented to prepare the young stroke patient on how to reenter the community and live a productive quality of life.

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Stroke Rehab - An Integrated Functional Movement Approach

Over 750,000 people suffer from a stroke each year. Timing of aggressive treatment approaches in combination with innovative rehab techniques is essential in order to minimize physical disability. Learn how to optimize treatment and outcomes and improve motor control and function.

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anatomical view of the neurologic, skeletal and musscularr systems of an elderly patient under the care of a female physical therapist

The Complex Geriatric Patient

Identifying the optimal treatment progression for a complex patient is essential in today’s health care environment. Therapists must combine all of their skills, whether neurological or orthopedic, in order to develop progressive programs that are efficient?and safe?for geriatric clients. This intermediate-level course begins with more than two hours of evidence-based information, a preliminary lead-in as to how to treat your complex geriatric patient.

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The Core - Stability, Breathing, and Training

This intermediate level, one-day course challenges the clinician to focus on coordinating breathing control and core stabilization to optimize functional mobility and performance. The Neuromuscular techniques that enhance the synergistic function between breathing patterns, stabilization and coordination can be applied to patients in a variety of settings from acute care to the pro athlete.

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The Post Surgical Elbow, Wrist and Hand

How comfortable are you in managing a post-surgical patient? Are you dependent on generalized protocols, or can you think outside the box? Therapists who are empowered with the knowledge of healing properties of tissue, as well as the evidence to support specific treatments, find that clinical reasoning produces much better outcomes than standardized protocols. Attend this course to enhance your knowledge and rehab skills for the post-surgical elbow, wrist and hand patient.

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The Running Course - Master Level Training for Peak Performance

We are in the midst of a second running boom. With the popularity of running exploding so too has an epidemic of injury. The expectations to get your runners back out on the road, trails, or track can be stressful for the sports medicine team, not to mention the client. It is essential to be up-to-date on the clinically relevant and evidence-based evaluation and treatment approaches for injured runners to maximize functional outcomes in a safe and timely manner.

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Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussions

The proper diagnosis of traumatic brain injuries and concussions is essential for optimal recovery in a timely functional manner. The number of reported concussions has doubled in the last 10 years, and if left untreated, serious brain damage and even death can occur. Furthermore, many symptoms of concussions are often missed, which leads to an incorrect diagnosis, decreased quality of life and an increase in medical conditions as the patient ages. This comprehensive, evidence-based course provides the clinician with the information to perform a proper differential diagnosis examination and develop an appropriate rehab program to decrease symptoms and improve function.

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Utilizing Pilates Principles to Enhance Rehabilitation Outcomes

Evidence based research has proven that Pilates can improve functional outcomes in a variety of dysfunctions from orthopedic to neurological, acute to chronic. This continuing education course will discuss the application of the Pilates principles and exercises will be discussed for orthopedic, neurologic, and geriatric patient populations. Utilizing coordinated motion will enhance the neural processing and improve muscle coordination and strength and ultimately function!

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Vestibular Rehabilitation - A Comprehensive Clinical Approach for Positive Functional Outcomes

The information presented in this course, while vestibular in nature, is combined with a comprehensive, interactive laboratory component. Its focus is on the class participants' "Monday Morning" issues. The structure and function of the vestibular system are thoroughly discussed along with testing, diagnostics and intervention strategies to address a large scope of symptoms and diagnoses. When therapists return to their jobs on Monday morning, they will likely encounter patients with problems related to upright instability. Although these patients may not be diagnosed with vestibular disorders, they are indeed equipped with vestibular systems. Without basic knowledge of vestibular structure and function, therapists will likely miss a crucial element of the initial evaluation--one that could very well lead to more successful intervention outcomes.

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