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Manual Therapy Strategies for the Adult Neurological Population: Upper Quadrant

May 27, 2017 - May 28, 2017

Each year, a growing number of Canadians live with impairments secondary to suffering a stroke or brain injury. These impairments have been shown to significantly impact many survivors’ functional abilities and quality of life. Activity and participation restriction are due to reduced neuro-motor control, as well as the secondary consequences of immobility and mal-alignment. Normal movement can only be pursued when range of motion and alignment are maintained. Research supports sensory input, active participation and normal experience in movement to promote functional recovery. This two-day course will combine Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) principles with orthopedic approaches to provide therapists with an understanding of ‘normal’ alignment of the upper quadrant and a variety of dynamic strategies and handling skills to restore it.

-Review the anatomy and kinesiology of the trunk, shoulder girdle, forearm, wrist and hand (upper quadrant).
-Understand ‘normal’ alignment of the upper quadrant.
-Review common neurological mal-alignments.
-Recognize the importance of alignment for function.
-Understand the benefits of dynamic client participation versus passive treatments.
-Increase knowledge of dynamic manual strategies to prevent mal-alignment and to restore functional alignment.
-To facilitate activation of the trunk, shoulder girdle and upper extremity of the neurologically impaired client through active support/weight bearing and modified support strategies.

Teresa Siebold, B.H.Sc.PT, B.Sc., NDTATM PT Instructor, is a physiotherapist with almost twenty years of experience in adult neurorehabilitation. As an educator, Teresa began instructing post-graduate courses for PTs, OTs and assistants in 2008. She was an invited speaker at the 2016 Behavioral Cues & Clinical Clues conference in Memphis, TN. Teresa has served in clinical and leadership positions on stroke units, neurosurgical and neuro-investigating units as well as inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings. She has worked and informed her practice with courses in the areas of orthopedics, peripheral nerve mobilization and vestibular rehabilitation. Currently, Teresa is working at the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured (ARBI) in Calgary. Her article “NDT in Acute Care: Advocating for and Promoting Early Recovery” was published in the NDTA Network March/April 2016, and she was a contributor to the textbook Neuro-Developmental Treatment: A Guide to NDT Clinical Practice.

Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists

Price includes a light breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday as well as a course handout.

May 27: 8:30-4:30
(Registration 8:00-8:30)
May 28: 8:30-4:30

Registration deadline:
May 5, 2017.
Space is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis. Payment is required to reserve a seat.

Contact Kendra for brochure/application at ot4lifecalgary@gmail.com


May 27, 2017
May 28, 2017


Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured (ARBI)
3412 Spruce Dr SW
Calgary, AB, T3C 3A4


OT4LIFE Calgary Occupational Therapy Services