The course includes updates and insights on functional anatomy and biomechanics to develop a clinically driven knowledge base and clinical reasoning framework that respects current evidence and novel principles of contemporary management of cervical disorders. This lab-intensive course will serve as a springboard to develop expert level manual therapy skills to manage the most common to the most challenging patients with cervical spine disorders. Participants will learn diagnosis/classification matching specific manual techniques with relevant motor learning methods.
The course contents will help participants expand the management skills associated with soft-tissue lesions and joint restrictions associated with myofascial pain syndrome, articular derangement, somatosensory control issues, and peripheral and central sensitization. Participants will gain appreciation of an eclectic treatment approach that complements current methods by building upon motor control principles and manual therapy skills based on evidence-informed practice.
A detailed course manual with illustrations and step-by-step instructions is provided to enhance competence and comprehension. All course participants will have the opportunity to establish a skill and knowledge base that facilitates hypothesis-oriented clinical decision making. Students will learn to develop a treatment program, which incorporates a balanced approach to restoring functional mobility and achieving pain relief to meet the patients’ expectations and garner respect from referral sources.
- Understand a movement-based approach to neuromusculoskeletal conditions of the cervical spine
- Develop competency in a systematic clinical assessment of the cervical spine to identify dysfunctional movement patterns and postural imbalances
- Establish competency with application of evidence-informed somatosensory control and pain-science models
- Realize systematic clinical process for medical screening and pre-treatment risk assessment
- Appreciate the role of the neuromuscular system and myofascial chains in postural control and cervical stability.
- Develop a progressive exercise and retraining program that gets results through reactivation of postural control and functional movement patterns
- Develop skill-based approach to manual therapy and motor learning. Perform soft tissue and joint specific mobilizations to restore segmental mobility and relieve pain.
- Identify the influence of the kinematic chain for cervical spine and upper quadrant function
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