Stroke Rehab - An Integrated Functional Movement Approach

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Why take this course?


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 therapists ability to determine specific rehab needs of the patient. This 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 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.

Stroke Rehab - An Integrated Functional Movement Approach

Course 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.
  • 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.
  • Recognize 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.

Instructed by: John Wilson, PT, DPT, MA, CSCS


My experience is not limited to teaching. I’m an instructor, but also a trainer, mentor, staff developer and coach, and I can draw from all of these roles to respectfully challenge therapists’ thought processes and encourage them toward prescribing treatments uniquely suited to the needs of each patient.

John Wilson, DPT, MA, CSCS, earned his Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University in 1998. He has been an exercise physiologist for the past 15 years, earning a Masters degree in Applied Exercise Physiology from San Diego State University in 1993. John completed his Advanced Post Professional Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Western University of Health Sciences in 2005. Dr. Wilson also is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Early in his career John focused on outpatient orthopedics and performance training. He spent two years as a research assistant at The Kasch Exercise Physiology Laboratory conducting performance testing/training of professional athletes (including the San Diego Chargers of the NFL) and exercise prescription of seniors in a community wellness program.

His research at the lab with cyclists was subsequently published entitled Thermoregulatory Effects of Cycling in a Hyperconvective Environment. Though still active working with athletes, Johns emphasis the past decade has focused on geriatric orthopedics. Working with geriatrics in the LTC/SNF and outpatient setting has been rewarding. John spent 2005-06 providing internal geriatric strength training courses nationally, and was co-author of orthopedic training manuals for a national provider of skilled therapy.

His current working environment is as an Outcomes Manager for a large medical system. He utilizes outcomes research, evidence-based practice and professional experience to ensure efficient and effective outcomes for rehabilitation patients. Utilizing dynamic movement analyses, progressive resistive strength training, manual therapy and prescribed corrective exercises; Dr. Wilson has brought his performance approach to the geriatric population.

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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 an 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.

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