Over 100 million Americans currently complain of chronic pain. When pain becomes chronic there are common changes that occur within the body. The physiological impact pain has on the nervous system and the brain will result in a multiple system stress response. Do you understand how this can impact your patients functional activities and quality of life?
This intermediate level online continuing education course is applicable for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, and Athletic Trainers. This is an intermediate Level Occupational Therapy Process: evaluation, intervention. This class focuses on the physiological effects of pain, the implications it has on the whole body and how a therapist can reverse the chronic pain cycle. Evidence based material and research is presented throughout the course to provide you with an understanding of how the medical community is contributing to the research to develop better treatment approaches for chronic pain patients. Techniques to incorporate the nervous system., mind and physical body will enable the clinician to provide a comprehensive whole body approach to achieving positive results.
The course begins with a thorough overview of the definition of pain/chronic pain and on how the brain processes neurophysiological pain. In depth lecture and material will provide the information necessary to understand how to develop an appropriate patient assessment plan utilizing evidence based pain assessment tools. In addition to providing information to assist with the understanding of the resources available for therapeutic treatment options.
The instructor will discuss the importance of incorporating manual, cognitive and movement skills into a successful chronic pain program. The techniques to manipulate the neurologic response, decrease the perception of pain, change tissue tone, prepare the tissue for movement and improve normal movement patterns will include: dermatome stroking, mechanoreceptor stimulation/inhibition, postural muscle bending, myofascial release, rhythmic traction, rhythmic stabilization and acupressure .
Inhibition techniques, trigger point and soft tissue work will provide the clinician with hand on skills to positively affect the sympathetic nervous system. Mind/body visualization exercises will give the clinician more tools to assist the patient with decreasing the firing of the nervous system. Manual skills taught in this class are all followed up with functional training activities to assist p the patient in maintaining their positive gains made with their manual therapy sessions.
Techniques for behavioral and cognitive therapy to train healthy neuroplasticity will include: Controlled breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, mindful visualization, body imprinting add body scan relaxation.
In conclusion in conclusion therapeutic sensory stimulation exercises such as exertion reduced exercises, to include standing, chair mat activities in addition to modified Yoga and Tai Chi for the chronic pain patient will effectively move the patient to ownership of progress and a more healthier functional state.
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