Building Better Balance

Course Description

This course is a practical and evidence-based approach to balance dysfunction for the adult population. Course material will include an overview of how the sensory systems (somatosensory, vestibular, visual, and auditory) and contributing elements of the central nervous system relate to balance dysfunction. Clinicians will develop an understanding of the way sensory input is coordinated and implemented to achieve and maintain postural control. This class will allow participants to utilize relevant information from each system to apply effective manual therapy techniques and choose relevant therapeutic exercise to create a comprehensive balance training program for their patients.

Balance Schedule

Course Objectives

At the completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to:

  • Correctly perform 12 relevant manual therapy techniques which may improve postural control or address impairments associated with balance dysfunction.
  • Verbally identify signs and symptoms of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.
  • Correctly perform the Dix Hallpike test and the Canlith Repositioning Maneuver to address posterior/anterior semicircular canal dysfunction.
  • Correctly perform the Supine-Roll test and the Appiani Treatment to address horizontal semicircular canal dysfunction.
  • Correctly perform five tai chi forms or exercises. 
  • Correctly perform at least 20 exercises which may promote the development of strength, power, flexibility, and balance.
  • Develop a comprehensive balance rehabilitation regimen. 

Course Instructors

Brian Owens

PT, DPT, CIMT


Brian earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science at Ithaca College in 2002 and later received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2007 at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. He began his career within the Acute Care setting, but has dedicated several years to clinical practice within an outpatient orthopedics environment. In 2011, Brian earned distinction as a Certified Integrated Manual Therapist (CIMT) with Great Lakes Seminars. His treatment strategy employs a diverse approach to manual therapy and therapeutic exercise in patients of all ages. He enjoys linking the rehabilitation efforts of his patients to functional performance and is passionate about providing exceptional clinical care. Brian joined Great Lakes Seminars in 2012 to assist with the Advanced Dynamic Anatomy, Sacroiliac, Lumbar, Cervical-Thoracic and Functional Strength courses. He currently resides in Northern New Jersey with his wife and children.

Brian Owens

Course Outline

Saturday


7:30am

Continental Breakfast, pre-test

8:00am

Lecture: Postural control overview, anatomy and physiology of balance systems

10:45am

Lecture: BPPV

11:30am

Lab: Muscle strength / power training, Tai-Chi

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: BPPV treatment and nystagmus overview (oculomotor exam, Hallpike-Dix, Canalith Repositioning Maneuver, Supine Roll Test, Appiani Treatment

2:00pm

Lab: Joint mobilization (AA, OA, rib cage)

3:15pm

Lab: Lower extremity joint mobilization - Hip (extension / neutral)

3:45pm

Lab: Lower extremity joint mobilization - Knee (patellofemoral joint, tibiofemoral joint)

4:30pm

Lab: Review and speed mobilization

5:00pm

Lab: Review of Evidence Based Literature

5:30pm

Adjourn

Sunday


7:30am

Continental Breakfast

8:00am

Lab: Review and speed mobilizations (suboccipital group, trunk - anterior cervical/thorax)

9:30am

Lab: Lower extremity joint mobilization (ankle - distal tibiofibular joint, talocrural joint)

10:00am

Lab: MFR (pectoralis major, knee - articularis genu, lower leg - gastrocnemius and soleus

11:30am

Tai Chi

12:00pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:00pm

Lab: Tai Chi sequence / group instruction

2:00pm

Lab: Balance basics

2:30pm

Lab: Strength / Power Training

4:00pm

Case Presentation, independent thinking and facilitated group review

4:30pm

Lab: Question/answer session, post test, course evaluation

5:00pm

Adjourn

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