With the emergence of pain science in rehabilitation, a lot of attention has shifted to understanding more about the sensitized nervous system, including physical handling of the sensitized nervous system – neurodynamics. This session will combine two world-leading authorities in neurodynamics and neuropathic pain. In part one, Michael Shacklock will update attendees on the latest research and clinical thoughts on the use of neurodynamic tests and treatments for a sensitized nervous system. In the second lecture, Dr. Michel Coppieters will discuss the various advances in our understanding on neuropathic pain, including changes in blood flow, immune responses, axonal/myelin loss, etc. This session aims to provide clinicians with an updated, clinically-based perspective on neuropathic pain and neurodynamics.
Pain neuroscience education (PNE) has been touted as the “next big thing in pain science.” Various studies have shown its efficacy and it’s being explored in a variety of clinical settings and clinical conditions. New research, however, indicate that PNE should be seen as a “primer” for movement-based therapy, versus stand-alone intervention. In lecture one, Professor Jo Nijs will delve into the current state of affairs as it pertains to PNE, including a look forward as to “what’s next for PNE?” The ultimate goal in pain management, including PNE, is to alter behavior. Behavior change is challenging and in lecture two, one of the leading world experts in behavior change, Professor Steve Linton, will delve into behavior change in patients experiencing pain. This session on pain management will cover cognitive (PNE) and behavioral strategies for clinical practice as a means to powerfully impact people affected by pain.
What does the future hold for rehabilitation? In this session, we aim to step into the future of rehabilitation. Wonder where health care will be in 20 or 30 years? Will the global pandemic COVID impact this? In the first lecture, Larry Benz, CEO of Confluent Health will share his experiences from the insurance, private equity, and clinical world pertaining to the various challenges and opportunities health care, and especially rehabilitation will face in the future. How reliable are outcome measures? What if we can get rid of outcome measures? In the second 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. This session will truly allow clinicians to take a peek at the future and see where rehabilitation may be in 20-30 years from now, or even sooner.
Carolyn McManusView Bio
The practice of mindfulness is gaining a lot of interest in clinical practice for helping people with pain and disability. Additionally, stressed healthcare providers are turning to mindfulness as a means to buffer the ever-increasing demands of healthcare. As part of the Align Conference, world-leading authority Carolyn McManus will introduce attendees to some of the background information on mindfulness, but better yet, take attendees through a personal guided mindfulness session virtually! This session, intertwined between all the keynote lectures will allow attendees to take a deep breath, cultivate a calm, steady mind and relax…just what’s needed during this jam-packed conference! Following the practical session, Carolyn will also take questions regarding mindfulness to allow for an interactive session.
Exercise is a cornerstone of rehabilitation and includes various forms of exercise for different clinical conditions. In this session – what’s new in exercise, we will examine something “old” and something “new.” In lecture one, Professor Paul Hodges, world-renowned scientist will discuss the evolution of spinal motor control, which has been around for more than twenty years. He will discuss current and future thoughts and trends in spinal motor control including new understanding of mechanisms underlying changes in trunk muscles and sensorimotor control and new ideas about selection of patients with spinal pain who are likely to respond to this approach. In lecture two, Johnny Owens will showcase blood flow restriction and exercise, which has taken rehabilitation by storm. What exactly is blood flow restriction; who needs it and how does it work? The aim of this session is to develop a greater understanding of two exercise approaches which currently features prominently in rehabilitation and discuss the next frontiers.
This session will explore various aspects of clinical reasoning, safety screening and diagnostics. In lecture one, Mark Jones, known for his contributions to the theory on clinical reasoning, will discuss the critical thinking that underpins skilled clinical reasoning. We all reason, but how well? Understanding criteria for judging thinking (your own, another’s, your patient’s) can facilitate critique and improvement in clinical reasoning. Applying critical thinking to challenging judgments such as diagnostic categorisation and psychosocially informed practice can facilitate skilled reasoning and application of biopsychosocial theory to practice. In the second lecture, Dr. Flynn will update attendees on various aspects of being a first-contact practitioner in rehabilitation including imaging and diagnostics as well as the triage and musculoskeletal management roles of physical therapists in musculoskeletal care across the nation. The aim of this session is to update attendees on various aspects of clinical reasoning, screening, diagnosis and placement as first-contact practitioners.
Mai Huong Ho-TranView Bio
What’s the hardest thing for therapists to do at a conference, let alone a virtual conference? Sit in one place. For movement-based specialists sitting in one spot is hard, so…let’s move! In this practical session we’re asking you to join us for a lab/practical session from wherever you’re joining us for the Align Conference. Dr. Ho-Tran movement-specialist and pain fellow will guide the virtual Align audience though various movement-based strategies commonly used for patients in pain, including Tai Chi and yoga. These movements, blended with breathing and mindfulness will allow attendees to move during the virtual conference, experience a movement-based module used for people in pain and develop strategies to use these for their patients.
The global pain epidemic is well-described, along with the current US opioid epidemic. What’s next for the pain and opioid epidemic? In these sessions, two Stanford University physicians at the forefront of the fight against the pain and opioid epidemic join us for two key components. In lecture one, Dr. Matthew Smuck will showcase how traditional “safe” medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, non-opioid and over the counter pain medication may be an overlooked entry point into the pain and opioid epidemic and not necessarily a “safe alternative.” In lecture two, Dr. Anna Lembke, world-renowned specialist in addiction and chronic pain, will describe an approach for tapering opioids in patients on long-term opioid therapy, including what to do when the taper becomes a litmus test for opioid addiction. This session will showcase two key lectures on both ends of the current pain and opioid epidemic – entry points and exit strategies.
In rehabilitation, there is an increased interest in dry needling (DN) as a means to decrease pain and disability. With increasing use by therapists plus it’s robust effect on pain, more and more clinicians are drawn to it. In this session, two world-leading authorities on dry-needling band together to cover the science, research and clinical application of dry needling. In lecture one, Dr. Jan Dommerholt will discuss much of the current and future thoughts about DN including its evolution, efficacy, potential mechanisms, indications and more. This lecture will also discuss what’s next for DN. In lecture two, Dr. Edo Zylstra will showcase the clinical application of DN, including the practical use of DN, clinical reasoning, adjunct treatments to DN, etc. This lecture, science and clinical application session on DN will provide a window into the question of “what’s next in dry needling?”