Schedule

4:30pm - 6:30pm
Conference Registration
7:00am - 8:00am
Pre + Full Conference Registration
8:00am - 12:00pm
Pre-Conference

Early Management of Acute Whiplash Injury: How Can We Do Better?

Michele Sterling Pre-Conference Session
Speakers

Michele Sterling

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Description

Physical therapists are the health care provider most commonly involved in the management of acute whiplash injury following a motor vehicle crash. Yet traditional treatments of advice, exercise and manual therapy have only small effect with many injured people developing chronic pain and disability despite treatment. Injured people with poor recovery present a complex clinical picture with psychological distress (particularly posttraumatic stress symptoms) and features of nociplastic pain making clinical management challenging.

This workshop will outline the current evidence and available clinical tools for the identification of injured people at risk of poor recovery. Participants will then be introduced to an approach that targets psychological distress and integrates this with evidence-based physiotherapy, in the acute injury stage.  The aim is for participants to have greater confidence in the identification of stress related responses, how to manage these and when referral is necessary. Case studies of complex clinical presentations will be used to facilitate clinical reasoning and overall management of the person with acute whiplash injury.

12:00pm-1:00pm
Lunch
1:00pm - 3:00pm
General Lecture Session 1

Conference Welcome by Tim Flynn

1:00pm - 1:10pm
Description

Join Tim Flynn as he welcomes all conference attendees, kicking off Align Conference 2020.

Keynote: What's Next for the Future of Health Care and Rehabilitation?

Larry Benz 1:10pm - 2:00pm
Speakers

Larry Benz

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Description

Wonder where healthcare will be in 20 or 30 years? In this lecture, Larry Benz, CEO of Confluent Health will share his experiences from the insurance, business and clinical world pertaining to the various challenges and opportunities healthcare, and especially rehabilitation will face in the future.

Keynote: Does Targeting Risk-factors Improve Health Outcomes After Motor Vehicle Crash Musculoskeletal Injury?

Michele Sterling 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Speakers

Michele Sterling

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Description

Pain is an individual experience and some patients are at increased risk for development of persistent pain and disability after motor vehicle collisions. This lecture will showcase common risk factors associated with whiplash injuries and potential therapeutic targeting early on.

Q&A with General Session 1 Speakers - Hosted by Tim Flynn

2:50pm - 3:00pm
Description
3:00pm-3:30pm
Break
3:30pm-6:00pm
Breakout Session 1 - Choose One

Next NEXT Level Spinal Manipulation

Emilio "Louie" Puentedura, Paul Mintken, Mark Shepherd, Stephanie Pascoe Breakout Session
Speakers

Emilio "Louie" Puentedura

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Paul Mintken

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Mark Shepherd

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Stephanie Pascoe

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Description

The thoracic spine is a common region for utilizing manual therapy techniques.  With research supporting the use of manual therapy directed at the thoracic spine to treat not only mid-back pain, but neck and shoulder pain, being confident in applying thrust and non-thrust techniques is a must.  This lab-based session will empower the participant to become confident in using select thoracic manual therapy techniques for treating those with both acute and persistent pain.

 

 

Exercise and Sports Medicine: Blood Flow Restriction, ACL's and More

Johnny Owens, Teresa Schuemann, Casey Unverzagt Breakout Session
Speakers

Johnny Owens

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Teresa Schuemann

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Casey Unverzagt

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Description

In sports medicine and rehabilitation, exercise is a key element of the management of patients/athletes. The evidence for exercise is impressive and the research is ever-evolving with new thoughts and approaches. This lab session will feature two different, yet overlapping topics of interest for healthcare providers: Update on ACL rehabilitation and blood flow restriction (BFR). First, attendees will be provided with a short lecture on the “must know” aspects of the latest thoughts on ACL rehabilitation and BFR. The lecture will be followed by lab sessions on both the topics focusing on clinical application of the various exercises, tests and clinical pearls. This interactive, hand-son lab session is a must for all clinicians treating musculoskeletal injuries.

The Future is 20/20: Moving with GMI

Stephen Schmidt, Kory Zimney, Brett Neilson, Steve Goldrick, Debbie Rico Breakout Session
Speakers

Stephen Schmidt

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Kory Zimney

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Brett Neilson

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Steve Goldrick

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Debbie Rico

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Description
Rehabilitation, neuroscience and brain imaging advances have shown that decreased movement of body parts leads to functional and structural changes in the brain. These neuronal representations of body parts are dynamically maintained and the change in shape and size of body maps correlate to increased pain and disability. Neglect, increased fear-avoidance and decreased use of body parts increases pain and disability, along with sensitization of the nervous system, resulting in some patients becoming “too hot to handle.” Neuroplasticity also provides hope. Body maps can be retrained within minutes. One strategy used in normalizing cortical maps is moving with graded motor imagery (GMI), including normalizing laterality, motor imagery, mirror therapy, sensory discrimination, sensory integration and more. The growing evidence shows the GMI program as a whole or in part can be used clinically to help desensitize a hypersensitive nervous system. This lab session will  provide a clear 20/20 vision of how brief GMI assessments and interventions can be readily applied in real-life clinics. Utilizing GMI will put you in forefront of how therapist can facilitate  immediate shifts in pain, thus accelerating recovery through movement in people struggling with persistent pain.

Activating the HEALTH in Healthcare: A Taste of Lifestyle Medicine

Staci Lyons, Thomas Hammett, Jen DeLorenzo, Mai Huong Ho-Tran Breakout Session
Speakers

Staci Lyons

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Thomas Hammett

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Jen DeLorenzo

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Mai Huong Ho-Tran

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Description

It is well documented that we are facing a global epidemic of chronic disease onset and progression. These diseases are often directly associated with poor patterns of daily behavior such as sedentary lifestyle, improper nutrition, excess stress and poor sleep patterns. The focus of this session is implementing strategies to put the Health back in Healthcare. This will be an experiential and interactive learning environment. Our physical and mental systems have an amazing capacity for vitality and health…if we give them what they need to thrive. In the breakout sessions, you will get a “taste of” Lifestyle Medicine components including screening tools, helping your client identify what and how ready they are to make a change, sleep and movement therapy and integrated mindfulness. All these skills are essential and beneficial for us as clinicians and guiding our clients forward wherever they are in their health journey. You can expect to come away with applicable pearls for yourself (your health is an equally important piece!) and to use with your clients Monday morning.

No Needles, No Problems: Creative Techniques for Addressing Neuromyofascial Pain

Jan Dommerholt, Edo Zylstra, Keri Maywhort Breakout Session
Speakers

Jan Dommerholt

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Edo Zylstra

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Keri Maywhort

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Description

Dry Needling has become a mainstream intervention that is incredibly efficient and effective for treating complaints associated with the neuromusculoskeletal system.  But it is not for everyone, and it is not a stand-alone technique.  In this session we will explore creative alternative and/or adjunctive, soft tissue assessment and treatment techniques to dry needling.  This will include positional release techniques, functional mobility techniques and tool assisted techniques.  Dry Needling techniques will also be discussed and demonstrated as well.

When Your Patient Needs a Village: Multidisciplinary Care for the Complex Patient

Jessie Podolak, Adam Ryan, Stacey Watson, AJ Steele, Lindsay Marth, Jennifer Stone, Tina Anderson Breakout Session
Speakers

Jessie Podolak

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Adam Ryan

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Stacey Watson

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AJ Steele

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Lindsay Marth

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Jennifer Stone

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Tina Anderson

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Description

Have you ever wished you could sit down with a surgeon and ask them what they are thinking when working with a patient with chronic, complex, multi-faceted pain, especially pain involving the pelvic region?  Have you ever desired to pick the brain of a clinical psychologist?  An O.T.?  A pelvic health specialist?  Have you ever wondered how a primary care physician even begins to decide where to start when taking on a patient with many different needs?  Where do you start when it comes to explaining pain to someone whose life has been hijacked by pain?  With all the layers that make up the experience of complex chronic pain, sometimes our patients need a village.  And sometimes we have a village at our fingertips, while other times, we need to stretch outside of our comfort zones and/or seek out the help our patients need. In this session, you will get to interact with a myriad of professionals on a personal level while unpacking the case of a patient with complex, chronic pelvic pain affecting many aspects of life.  Following a short lecture to introduce the case, students will form small groups and move from one team member to the next, every 15-20 minutes.  Our “village” consists of a primary care / pain specialist MD, an OBGYN, an OT, a clinical psychologist, and three physical therapists, representing specialist training in pain science, pelvic health and functional dry needling.  Together, we will highlight the benefits of inter- and multidisciplinary care for those who need it.

7:00am - 8:00am
Registration
8:00am - 10:00am
General Lecture Session 2

Keynote: Wearable Technology and Physical Measures in Rehabilitation

Matthew Smuck 8:00am - 8:45am
Speakers

Matthew Smuck

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Description

How reliable are outcome measures? What if we can get rid of outcome measures? In this lecture, Dr. Matthew Smuck will showcase the work his lab is doing on wearable technology and the ability to obtain real-time, reliable outcome measures to help facilitate clinical care and patient outcomes.

What's Next in the World of Pain?

Stephen Schmidt 8:45am - 9:15am
Speakers

Stephen Schmidt

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Description

The pain science world is buzzing right now – pain neuroscience education; pain phenotypes; virtual reality, etc. Where are we going? What does the future of pain and pain management look like? This lecture will explore cutting-edge developments in the non-pharmacological treatment of pain.

Manual Therapy: Back to the Future

Adriaan Louw 9:15am - 9:45am
Speakers

Adriaan Louw

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Description

If pain comes from the brain, then why does manual therapy exist? This lecture will delve into the question if pain science is hand-on or hands-off and if the best is yet to come, or do we need to go back to our roots.

Q&A with General Session 2 Speakers - Hosted by Tim Flynn

9:45am-10:00am
Description

Q&A session

10:00am-10:30am
Break
10:30am - 12:30am
General Lecture Session 3

Keynote: Medication for Musculoskeletal Conditions: More Harm than Good?

Matthew Smuck 10:30am - 11:15am
Speakers

Matthew Smuck

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Description

The opioid epidemic is well-documented, but may overshadow the fact that non-opioids also pose significant risk. This lecture will review common medication for musculoskeletal conditions and their potential dangers.

The Patient and their Expectations

Paul Mintken 11:15am - 11:45am
Speakers

Paul Mintken

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Description

Placebo has been shown to produce the most robust changes in a human’s pain experience and ties to patient expectations. This lecture will discuss the various aspects of patient expectations and how it relates to treatment.

Preparing the NEXT Generation to Cope with Pain: Pre-Emptive PNE for Middle School Students

Colleen Louw, Patty Benz, Jessie Podolak, Jen DeLorenzo, Stacey Watson 11:45am - 12:15pm
Speakers

Colleen Louw

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Patty Benz

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Jessie Podolak

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Jen DeLorenzo

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Stacey Watson

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Description

The best way to truly address the opioid epidemic is to work upstream – change people not experiencing pain yet. This lecture will update attendees on a series of studies and a national initiative teaching middle school students in the US about pain science.

Q&A with General Session 3 Speakers - Hosted by Tim Flynn

12:15pm - 12:30pm
Description
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Lunch On Your Own
1:30pm - 4:00pm
Breakout Session 2 - Choose One

Next NEXT Level Spinal Manipulation

Emilio "Louie" Puentedura, Paul Mintken, Mark Shepherd, Stephanie Pascoe Breakout Session
Speakers

Emilio "Louie" Puentedura

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Paul Mintken

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Mark Shepherd

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Stephanie Pascoe

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Description

The thoracic spine is a common region for utilizing manual therapy techniques.  With research supporting the use of manual therapy directed at the thoracic spine to treat not only mid-back pain, but neck and shoulder pain, being confident in applying thrust and non-thrust techniques is a must.  This lab-based session will empower the participant to become confident in using select thoracic manual therapy techniques for treating those with both acute and persistent pain.

Exercise and Sports Medicine: Blood flow restriction, ACL’s and more

Johnny Owens, Teresa Schuemann, Casey Unverzagt Breakout Session
Speakers

Johnny Owens

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Teresa Schuemann

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Casey Unverzagt

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Description

In sports medicine and rehabilitation, exercise is a key element of the management of patients/athletes. The evidence for exercise is impressive and the research is ever-evolving with new thoughts and approaches. This lab session will feature two different, yet overlapping topics of interest for healthcare providers: Update on ACL rehabilitation and blood flow restriction (BFR). First, attendees will be provided with a short lecture on the “must know” aspects of the latest thoughts on ACL rehabilitation and BFR. The lecture will be followed by lab sessions on both the topics focusing on clinical application of the various exercises, tests and clinical pearls. This interactive, hand-son lab session is a must for all clinicians treating musculoskeletal injuries.

The Future is 20/20: Moving with GMI

Stephen Schmidt, Kory Zimney, Brett Neilson, Steve Goldrick, Debbie Rico Breakout Session
Speakers

Stephen Schmidt

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Kory Zimney

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Brett Neilson

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Steve Goldrick

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Debbie Rico

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Description

Rehabilitation, neuroscience and brain imaging advances have shown that decreased movement of body parts leads to functional and structural changes in the brain. These neuronal representations of body parts are dynamically maintained and the change in shape and size of body maps correlate to increased pain and disability. Neglect, increased fear-avoidance and decreased use of body parts increases pain and disability, along with sensitization of the nervous system, resulting in some patients becoming “too hot to handle.” Neuroplasticity also provides hope. Body maps can be retrained within minutes. One strategy used in normalizing cortical maps is moving with graded motor imagery (GMI), including normalizing laterality, motor imagery, mirror therapy, sensory discrimination, sensory integration and more. The growing evidence shows the GMI program as a whole or in part can be used clinically to help desensitize a hypersensitive nervous system. This lab session will provide a clear 20/20 vision of how brief GMI assessments and interventions can be readily applied in real-life clinics. Utilizing GMI will put you in forefront of how therapist can facilitate immediate shifts in pain, thus accelerating recovery through movement in people struggling with persistent pain.

Activating the HEALTH in Health Care: A Taste of Lifestyle in Medicine

Staci Lyons, Thomas Hammett, Jen DeLorenzo, Mai Huong Ho-Tran Breakout Session
Speakers

Staci Lyons

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Thomas Hammett

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Jen DeLorenzo

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Mai Huong Ho-Tran

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Description

It is well documented that we are facing a global epidemic of chronic disease onset and progression. These diseases are often directly associated with poor patterns of daily behavior such as sedentary lifestyle, improper nutrition, excess stress and poor sleep patterns. The focus of this session is implementing strategies to put the Health back in Healthcare. This will be an experiential and interactive learning environment. Our physical and mental systems have an amazing capacity for vitality and health…if we give them what they need to thrive. In the breakout sessions, you will get a “taste of” Lifestyle Medicine components including screening tools, helping your client identify what and how ready they are to make a change, sleep and movement therapy and integrated mindfulness. All these skills are essential and beneficial for us as clinicians and guiding our clients forward wherever they are in their health journey. You can expect to come away with applicable pearls for yourself (your health is an equally important piece!) and to use with your clients Monday morning.

No Needles, No Problems: Creative Techniques for Addressing Neuromyofascial Pain

Jan Dommerholt, Edo Zylstra, Keri Maywhort Breakout Session
Speakers

Jan Dommerholt

View Bio

Edo Zylstra

View Bio

Keri Maywhort

View Bio
Description

Dry Needling has become a mainstream intervention that is incredibly efficient and effective for treating complaints associated with the neuromusculoskeletal system.  But it is not for everyone, and it is not a stand-alone technique.  In this session we will explore creative alternative and/or adjunctive, soft tissue assessment and treatment techniques to dry needling.  This will include positional release techniques, functional mobility techniques and tool assisted techniques.  Dry Needling techniques will also be discussed and demonstrated as well.

When Your Patient Needs a Village: Multidisciplinary Care for the Complex Patient

Jessie Podolak, Adam Ryan, Stacey Watson, AJ Steele, Lindsay Marth, Jennifer Stone, Tina Anderson Breakout Session
Speakers

Jessie Podolak

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Adam Ryan

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Stacey Watson

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AJ Steele

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Lindsay Marth

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Jennifer Stone

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Tina Anderson

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Description

Have you ever wished you could sit down with a surgeon and ask them what they are thinking when working with a patient with chronic, complex, multi-faceted pain, especially pain involving the pelvic region?  Have you ever desired to pick the brain of a clinical psychologist?  An O.T.?  A pelvic health specialist?  Have you ever wondered how a primary care physician even begins to decide where to start when taking on a patient with many different needs?  Where do you start when it comes to explaining pain to someone whose life has been hijacked by pain?  With all the layers that make up the experience of complex chronic pain, sometimes our patients need a village.  And sometimes we have a village at our fingertips, while other times, we need to stretch outside of our comfort zones and/or seek out the help our patients need. In this session, you will get to interact with a myriad of professionals on a personal level while unpacking the case of a patient with complex, chronic pelvic pain affecting many aspects of life.  Following a short lecture to introduce the case, students will form small groups and move from one team member to the next, every 15-20 minutes.  Our “village” consists of a primary care / pain specialist MD, an OBGYN, an OT, a clinical psychologist, and three physical therapists, representing specialist training in pain science, pelvic health and functional dry needling.  Together, we will highlight the benefits of inter- and multidisciplinary care for those who need it.

4:00pm-4:30pm
Break
4:30pm - 7:00pm
Breakout Session 3 - Choose One

Next NEXT Level Spinal Manipulation

Emilio "Louie" Puentedura, Paul Mintken, Mark Shepherd, Stephanie Pascoe Breakout Session
Speakers

Emilio "Louie" Puentedura

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Paul Mintken

View Bio

Mark Shepherd

View Bio

Stephanie Pascoe

View Bio
Description

The thoracic spine is a common region for utilizing manual therapy techniques.  With research supporting the use of manual therapy directed at the thoracic spine to treat not only mid-back pain, but neck and shoulder pain, being confident in applying thrust and non-thrust techniques is a must.  This lab-based session will empower the participant to become confident in using select thoracic manual therapy techniques for treating those with both acute and persistent pain.

Exercise and Sports Medicine: Blood Flow Restriction, ACL's and More

Johnny Owens, Teresa Schuemann, Casey Unverzagt Breakout Session
Speakers

Johnny Owens

View Bio

Teresa Schuemann

View Bio

Casey Unverzagt

View Bio
Description

In sports medicine and rehabilitation, exercise is a key element of the management of patients/athletes. The evidence for exercise is impressive and the research is ever-evolving with new thoughts and approaches. This lab session will feature two different, yet overlapping topics of interest for healthcare providers: Update on ACL rehabilitation and blood flow restriction (BFR). First, attendees will be provided with a short lecture on the “must know” aspects of the latest thoughts on ACL rehabilitation and BFR. The lecture will be followed by lab sessions on both the topics focusing on clinical application of the various exercises, tests and clinical pearls. This interactive, hand-son lab session is a must for all clinicians treating musculoskeletal injuries.

 

The Future is 20/20: Moving with GMI

Stephen Schmidt, Kory Zimney, Brett Neilson, Steve Goldrick, Debbie Rico Breakout Session
Speakers

Stephen Schmidt

View Bio

Kory Zimney

View Bio

Brett Neilson

View Bio

Steve Goldrick

View Bio

Debbie Rico

View Bio
Description

Rehabilitation, neuroscience and brain imaging advances have shown that decreased movement of body parts leads to functional and structural changes in the brain. These neuronal representations of body parts are dynamically maintained and the change in shape and size of body maps correlate to increased pain and disability. Neglect, increased fear-avoidance and decreased use of body parts increases pain and disability, along with sensitization of the nervous system, resulting in some patients becoming “too hot to handle.” Neuroplasticity also provides hope. Body maps can be retrained within minutes. One strategy used in normalizing cortical maps is moving with graded motor imagery (GMI), including normalizing laterality, motor imagery, mirror therapy, sensory discrimination, sensory integration and more. The growing evidence shows the GMI program as a whole or in part can be used clinically to help desensitize a hypersensitive nervous system. This lab session will provide a clear 20/20 vision of how brief GMI assessments and interventions can be readily applied in real-life clinics. Utilizing GMI will put you in forefront of how therapist can facilitate immediate shifts in pain, thus accelerating recovery through movement in people struggling with persistent pain.

Activating the HEALTH in Health Care: A Taste of Lifestyle Medicine

Staci Lyons, Thomas Hammett, Jen DeLorenzo, Mai Huong Ho-Tran Breakout Session
Speakers

Staci Lyons

View Bio

Thomas Hammett

View Bio

Jen DeLorenzo

View Bio

Mai Huong Ho-Tran

View Bio
Description

It is well documented that we are facing a global epidemic of chronic disease onset and progression. These diseases are often directly associated with poor patterns of daily behavior such as sedentary lifestyle, improper nutrition, excess stress and poor sleep patterns. The focus of this session is implementing strategies to put the Health back in Healthcare. This will be an experiential and interactive learning environment. Our physical and mental systems have an amazing capacity for vitality and health…if we give them what they need to thrive. In the breakout sessions, you will get a “taste of” Lifestyle Medicine components including screening tools, helping your client identify what and how ready they are to make a change, sleep and movement therapy and integrated mindfulness. All these skills are essential and beneficial for us as clinicians and guiding our clients forward wherever they are in their health journey. You can expect to come away with applicable pearls for yourself (your health is an equally important piece!) and to use with your clients Monday morning.

No Needles, No Problems: Creative Techniques for Addressing Neuromyofascial Pain

Jan Dommerholt, Edo Zylstra, Keri Maywhort Breakout Session
Speakers

Jan Dommerholt

View Bio

Edo Zylstra

View Bio

Keri Maywhort

View Bio
Description

Dry Needling has become a mainstream intervention that is incredibly efficient and effective for treating complaints associated with the neuromusculoskeletal system.  But it is not for everyone, and it is not a stand-alone technique.  In this session we will explore creative alternative and/or adjunctive, soft tissue assessment and treatment techniques to dry needling.  This will include positional release techniques, functional mobility techniques and tool assisted techniques.  Dry Needling techniques will also be discussed and demonstrated as well.

When Your Patient Needs a Village: Multidisciplinary Care for the Complex Patient

Jessie Podolak, Adam Ryan, Stacey Watson, AJ Steele, Lindsay Marth, Jennifer Stone, Tina Anderson Breakout Session
Speakers

Jessie Podolak

View Bio

Adam Ryan

View Bio

Stacey Watson

View Bio

AJ Steele

View Bio

Lindsay Marth

View Bio

Jennifer Stone

View Bio

Tina Anderson

View Bio
Description

Have you ever wished you could sit down with a surgeon and ask them what they are thinking when working with a patient with chronic, complex, multi-faceted pain, especially pain involving the pelvic region?  Have you ever desired to pick the brain of a clinical psychologist?  An O.T.?  A pelvic health specialist?  Have you ever wondered how a primary care physician even begins to decide where to start when taking on a patient with many different needs?  Where do you start when it comes to explaining pain to someone whose life has been hijacked by pain?  With all the layers that make up the experience of complex chronic pain, sometimes our patients need a village.  And sometimes we have a village at our fingertips, while other times, we need to stretch outside of our comfort zones and/or seek out the help our patients need. In this session, you will get to interact with a myriad of professionals on a personal level while unpacking the case of a patient with complex, chronic pelvic pain affecting many aspects of life.  Following a short lecture to introduce the case, students will form small groups and move from one team member to the next, every 15-20 minutes.  Our “village” consists of a primary care / pain specialist MD, an OBGYN, an OT, a clinical psychologist, and three physical therapists, representing specialist training in pain science, pelvic health and functional dry needling.  Together, we will highlight the benefits of inter- and multidisciplinary care for those who need it.

7:00am-8:00am
Registration
8:00am - 9:00am
General Lecture Session 4

Keynote: What's Next in Exercise: External vs. Internal Focus Exercise

Jan Dommerholt
Speakers

Jan Dommerholt

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Description

There is a current trend toward combining pain neuroscience education with a cognition targeted exercise therapy approach, while this presentation will argue against using a primarily cognitive behavioral approach in favor of combining pain neuroscience education with an external-focus approach rooted in the OPTIMAL Theory of Motor Learning and other contemporary research.

9:30am-12:00pm
Breakout Session 4 - Choose One

Next NEXT Level Spinal Manipulation

Emilio "Louie" Puentedura, Paul Mintken, Mark Shepherd, Stephanie Pascoe Breakout Session
Speakers

Emilio "Louie" Puentedura

View Bio

Paul Mintken

View Bio

Mark Shepherd

View Bio

Stephanie Pascoe

View Bio
Description

The thoracic spine is a common region for utilizing manual therapy techniques.  With research supporting the use of manual therapy directed at the thoracic spine to treat not only mid-back pain, but neck and shoulder pain, being confident in applying thrust and non-thrust techniques is a must.  This lab-based session will empower the participant to become confident in using select thoracic manual therapy techniques for treating those with both acute and persistent pain

Exercise and Sports Medicine: Blood Flow Restriction, ACL's and More

Johnny Owens, Teresa Schuemann, Casey Unverzagt Breakout Session
Speakers

Johnny Owens

View Bio

Teresa Schuemann

View Bio

Casey Unverzagt

View Bio
Description

In sports medicine and rehabilitation, exercise is a key element of the management of patients/athletes. The evidence for exercise is impressive and the research is ever-evolving with new thoughts and approaches. This lab session will feature two different, yet overlapping topics of interest for healthcare providers: Update on ACL rehabilitation and blood flow restriction (BFR). First, attendees will be provided with a short lecture on the “must know” aspects of the latest thoughts on ACL rehabilitation and BFR. The lecture will be followed by lab sessions on both the topics focusing on clinical application of the various exercises, tests and clinical pearls. This interactive, hand-son lab session is a must for all clinicians treating musculoskeletal injuries.

The Future is 20/20: Moving with GMI

Stephen Schmidt, Kory Zimney, Brett Neilson, Steve Goldrick, Debbie Rico Breakout Session
Speakers

Stephen Schmidt

View Bio

Kory Zimney

View Bio

Brett Neilson

View Bio

Steve Goldrick

View Bio

Debbie Rico

View Bio
Description

Rehabilitation, neuroscience and brain imaging advances have shown that decreased movement of body parts leads to functional and structural changes in the brain. These neuronal representations of body parts are dynamically maintained and the change in shape and size of body maps correlate to increased pain and disability. Neglect, increased fear-avoidance and decreased use of body parts increases pain and disability, along with sensitization of the nervous system, resulting in some patients becoming “too hot to handle.” Neuroplasticity also provides hope. Body maps can be retrained within minutes. One strategy used in normalizing cortical maps is moving with graded motor imagery (GMI), including normalizing laterality, motor imagery, mirror therapy, sensory discrimination, sensory integration and more. The growing evidence shows the GMI program as a whole or in part can be used clinically to help desensitize a hypersensitive nervous system. This lab session will provide a clear 20/20 vision of how brief GMI assessments and interventions can be readily applied in real-life clinics. Utilizing GMI will put you in forefront of how therapist can facilitate immediate shifts in pain, thus accelerating recovery through movement in people struggling with persistent pain.

Activating the HEALTH in Health Care: A Taste of Lifestyle Medicine

Staci Lyons, Thomas Hammett, Jen DeLorenzo, Mai Huong Ho-Tran Breakout Session
Speakers

Staci Lyons

View Bio

Thomas Hammett

View Bio

Jen DeLorenzo

View Bio

Mai Huong Ho-Tran

View Bio
Description

It is well documented that we are facing a global epidemic of chronic disease onset and progression. These diseases are often directly associated with poor patterns of daily behavior such as sedentary lifestyle, improper nutrition, excess stress and poor sleep patterns. The focus of this session is implementing strategies to put the Health back in Healthcare. This will be an experiential and interactive learning environment. Our physical and mental systems have an amazing capacity for vitality and health…if we give them what they need to thrive. In the breakout sessions, you will get a “taste of” Lifestyle Medicine components including screening tools, helping your client identify what and how ready they are to make a change, sleep and movement therapy and integrated mindfulness. All these skills are essential and beneficial for us as clinicians and guiding our clients forward wherever they are in their health journey. You can expect to come away with applicable pearls for yourself (your health is an equally important piece!) and to use with your clients Monday morning.

No Needles, No Problems: Creative Techniques for Addressing Neuromyofascial Pain

Jan Dommerholt, Edo Zylstra, Keri Maywhort Breakout Session
Speakers

Jan Dommerholt

View Bio

Edo Zylstra

View Bio

Keri Maywhort

View Bio
Description

Dry Needling has become a mainstream intervention that is incredibly efficient and effective for treating complaints associated with the neuromusculoskeletal system.  But it is not for everyone, and it is not a stand-alone technique.  In this session we will explore creative alternative and/or adjunctive, soft tissue assessment and treatment techniques to dry needling.  This will include positional release techniques, functional mobility techniques and tool assisted techniques.  Dry Needling techniques will also be discussed and demonstrated as well.

When Your Patient Needs a Village: Multidisciplinary Care for the Complex Patient

Jessie Podolak, Adam Ryan, Stacey Watson, AJ Steele, Lindsay Marth, Jennifer Stone, Tina Anderson Breakout Session
Speakers

Jessie Podolak

View Bio

Adam Ryan

View Bio

Stacey Watson

View Bio

AJ Steele

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Lindsay Marth

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Jennifer Stone

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Tina Anderson

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Have you ever wished you could sit down with a surgeon and ask them what they are thinking when working with a patient with chronic, complex, multi-faceted pain, especially pain involving the pelvic region?  Have you ever desired to pick the brain of a clinical psychologist?  An O.T.?  A pelvic health specialist?  Have you ever wondered how a primary care physician even begins to decide where to start when taking on a patient with many different needs?  Where do you start when it comes to explaining pain to someone whose life has been hijacked by pain?  With all the layers that make up the experience of complex chronic pain, sometimes our patients need a village.  And sometimes we have a village at our fingertips, while other times, we need to stretch outside of our comfort zones and/or seek out the help our patients need. In this session, you will get to interact with a myriad of professionals on a personal level while unpacking the case of a patient with complex, chronic pelvic pain affecting many aspects of life.  Following a short lecture to introduce the case, students will form small groups and move from one team member to the next, every 15-20 minutes.  Our “village” consists of a primary care / pain specialist MD, an OBGYN, an OT, a clinical psychologist, and three physical therapists, representing specialist training in pain science, pelvic health and functional dry needling.  Together, we will highlight the benefits of inter- and multidisciplinary care for those who need it.

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