Integrated Manual Therapy, Pain Science and Neurodynamics for the Upper Extremity
Instructor: Justin Deskovich, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, COMT, OCS, SCS, DAC & Nick Kyle, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT
Counts Towards: COMT & Manual Therapy Fellowship
Description: This course is designed to provide a biopsychosocial insight into the emerging neuro-scientific revolution of pain science, particularly as it relates to plasticity of the brain and the dynamics of the nervous system. Modern concepts of pain neurophysiology will be taught which are vital in the care of every one of our patients’ “painful” conditions. This course will assist the modern manual therapist on how to examine, differentiate, evaluate and treat the physical health of the nervous system of the upper extremity. It is geared toward practicing clinicians who want to learn how to effectively discern when pain is likely due to nociception, peripheral neuropathy or central sensitivity and how to approach with treatment interventions.
Also, a clinical decision making model for the upper body region will be proposed to improve the modern manual therapist’s clinical decision making. Additional intervention emphasis is placed on selected manual therapy interventions to the upper extremity as well as on neurodynamics, engaging social forces to communicate with patients and imagery to reduce their painful experience.