Stroke: Functional Mobility Through Manual Facilitation

Why take this Continuing Education Course?

The application of PNF facilitation techniques enhances 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. This course content is directed at the treatment of the CVA patient but is applicable to a large variety of diagnoses and multiple treatment settings.

This advanced level two day CVA course provides the therapist with evidence based information that supports the concepts of PNF to enhance functional mobility. The course is highly interactive and consists primarily of hands on training which enables the participant the opportunity for adequate practice time with instructor feedback.

The course targets analysis of movement and the role of critical thinking in the implementation of specific treatment interventions. The concepts of specificity of training and the utilization of irradiation and overflow from stronger muscle groups to weaker groups, is explored through course content. The benefit of an indirect method of treatment for CVA patients and its utilization in initiating synchronized control for functional mobility is addressed within the lecture and lab sessions.

Patient scenarios and video analysis of functional mobility activities are used to identify impairments for CVA patients and other neurological diagnoses. Analysis of dysfunctional movement patterns and the implication on mobility will be addressed, as well as, prioritization of which impairment is having the greatest effect on function. Through the use of a CVA case study and course discussion, participants will be able to translate assessment findings into specific targeted treatment interventions. They will also be able to develop comprehensive progressive manual therapy and exercise based programs to obtain the desired functional outcomes for their CVA patient population. Over the two days, clinicians will review therapeutic exercise, specific PNF patterns and facilitation techniques and integrate these into patient exercise programs to progress the CVA patient through bed mobility activities and transitional movement which will better prepare the patient for success in upright activities.

The concepts and techniques presented in this course will provide PT’s, OT’s, PTA’s, COTA’s and AT’s with the information and skills needed to treat the functional mobility needs of their patients in all therapy settings. The theories and facilitation techniques learned in this course can be immediately applied and participants will have the tools necessary to integrate concepts presented in this course into clinical practice. Clinicians will be provided with course handouts and resource which can serve as reference material upon completion of the course.

 

Physical therapy and Occupational Therapy Continuing Education Courses
  • Describe the Basic Principles and Philosophy of PNF.
  • Recognize common problems in mobility in the CVA population, analyze dysfunctional movement patterns and discuss their implication on functional mobility, as well as prioritize which impairment is having the greatest effect on function.
  • Critical thinking and principles of specificity of exercise to implement specific treatment interventions and to progress patient treatment using manual facilitation and exercise.
  • Identify and utilize indirect, as well as, direct treatment techniques in the provision of patient care.
  • Discuss the benefit of an indirect method of treatment and it utilization in initiating synchronized control for functional mobility.
  • Organize assessment findings into specific targeted treatment interventions.
  • Develop comprehensive progressive manual therapy and exercise based programs to obtain desired functional outcomes.
  • Identify and perform specific PNF patterns and techniques to address mobility issues to enhance patient performance.
  • Integrate PNF principles and facilitation techniques with therapeutic exercise to design HEP activities for patients with a variety of diagnoses.
  • Discuss evidence based practice ideas with colleagues.
  • Instructor name

    Cathy Finch, PT

    PNF is incorporated into my daily professional life as a therapist and instructor. I have dedicated over 10 plus years of focus and research on PNF application to a variety of diagnoses throughout the age span.
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    OT PT Continuing Education Courses, Dates & Locations


    May 18, 2019 - May 19, 2019

    15 hours of CME credit

    Texas Children's Hospital

    Houston, TX

    Tuition $ 450.00

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    June 1, 2019 - June 2, 2019

    15 hours of CME credit

    South Shore Health System Hospital

    S. Weymouth, MA

    Tuition $ 450.00

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    June 8, 2019 - June 9, 2019

    15 hours of CME credit

    Northwest Hospital and Medical Center

    Seattle, WA

    Tuition $ 450.00

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    October 19, 2019 - October 20, 2019

    15 hours of CME credit

    Beverly Hospital

    Montebello, CA

    Tuition $ 450.00

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    October 26, 2019 - October 27, 2019

    18 hours of CME credit

    Rush Copley Medical Center

    Aurora, IL

    Tuition $ 450.00

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    November 2, 2019 - November 3, 2019

    15 hours of CME credit

    San Ramon Regional Medical Center

    San Ramon, CA

    Tuition $ 450.00

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    State Continuing Education Course Approvals

    All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and athletic trainers for license renewal in the state the course is offered.

    Courses provided by AOTA providers are accepted by NBCOT. 1 hour = 1.25 PDU. North American Seminars is and AOTA provider, provider #4487

    North American Seminars, Inc. (BOC provider #P2047) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for the maximum stated hours of Category A hours/CEUs. Athletic Trainers should claim only those hours actually spent in the education program.