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Facilitation of Normal Gait: Using Manual Cues to Improve Stand and Swing Mechanics

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Course Description: 3 Hours (.3 CEUs)

This course will review common principles of gait including general characteristics, critical events for each phase, and weight shift considerations. In addition, the course will discuss the training of stance and swing mechanics with an emphasis on manual facilitation. Lastly, the course will review bracing considerations and selection of a least restrictive assistive device for the patient with neurological compromise.

Course Outline

Course Outline

1. Introduction of motor control
2. Review of the motor control theories
1. Reflex Theory
2. Hierarchical Theory
3. Motor Programming Theory
4. Systems Theory
5. Ecological Theory
6. Effects on rehabilitation
3. Discuss the principles of motor learning including practice and feedback
4. Highlight the physiological components that affect motor control
5. Assess the causes of movement dysfunction
1. Pain
2. Tissue tightness
3. Altered motor control patterns
6. Review the principles of movement correctives
7. Breakdown the squat and plank to assess the necessary motor control patterns
8. Offer correctives and progressions for the squat and plank for performance training 9. Conclusion

Course Objectives:

Following completion of this course, the learner will demonstrate:
After completing this course you will have a better understanding of the following:
1. Elements of normal gait including critical events for each phase
2. The effects of weight shift on stance stability and swing mechanics
3. Proper facilitation of weight shift, midstance, terminal stance/preswing, and midswing
4. Bracing considerations for normal gait
5. Assistive devices that offer stability, yet provide the least restrictive opportunity for mobility

Presenter: Kristen Wilson PT, DPT, GCS, NDT Trained

Kristen Wilson PT, DPT, GCS, NDT Trained is a practicing physical therapist with a love for teaching. She earned her Master’s degree from Ithaca College in New York, followed by her tDPT from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Kristen completed Neurodevelopmental
Technique Training in 2006 as well as earned American Physical Therapy Association Geriatric Certified Specialist in 2009. Kristen has treated as a physical therapist in several areas of care including inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facility, home care, and outpatient therapy expanding her therapy repertoire across the entire continuum. In addition to treating in the clinic, she serves as an adjunct faculty member at Neumann University as well as lectures within the community and APTA. Currently, Kristen is the co-owner of Action Potential, a one-to-one outpatient clinic located in Glen Mills, PA.

Target Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants
Instructional Level: Beginner/Intermediate
*Handouts available for downloading/printing to all courses.
This course is presented in an online video format with audio lecture for each slide. Approximate length to take the course, including audio lecture, videos and all written material, is 3 hours.

Take Course $49
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