Building Better Balance
There are many reasons why patients experience dizziness and balance impairments. This course will teach you how to confidently assess and treat patients with balance impairments.
Course material includes an overview of how the sensory systems (somatosensory, vestibular, visual, and auditory) and contributing elements of the central nervous system relate to balance dysfunction. You'll develop an understanding of the way sensory input is coordinated and implemented to achieve and maintain postural control. This course will allow you to utilize relevant information from each system to apply effective manual therapy techniques and create a comprehensive balance training program for your patients. After taking this course, you'll be able to treat straight forward patients with BPPV in 1-3 sessions with appropriate assessment/education/treatment.
What people are saying!
- BPPV made easy!
- Understanding the "why" behind balance exercises.
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
PT, DPT, CIMT
Justin received his Bachelor’s in Integrative Physiology in 2012 from the University of Colorado - Boulder, where he played trumpet in the Golden Buffalo Marching Band. He went on to complete his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Michigan - Flint in 2016. As a Certified Integrated Manual Therapist, Justin is credentialed through Great Lakes Seminars to assess mechanical dysfunction and to treat with a comprehensive approach. He uses this approach to treat patients with orthopedic, balance, and vestibular impairments. He is passionate about high quality patient education to promote patient autonomy and motivation. He is a clinic director of an outpatient orthopedic clinic in Southeast Michigan. Justin loves to play music and enjoys spending his time camping and hiking with his wife and two dogs.
Lecture: Postural control overview, anatomy and physiology of balance systems
Lab: Muscle strength/power training, Tai-Chi
Lunch (on your own)
Lab: BPPV treatment and nystagmus overview (oculomotor exam, Hallpike-Dix, Canalith Repositioning Maneuver, Supine Roll Test, Appiani Treatment)
Lab: Joint mobilization (AA, OA, rib cage)
Lab: Lower extremity joint mobilization - Hip (extension/neutral)
Lab: Lower extremity joint mobilization - Knee (patellofemoral joint, tibiofemoral joint)
Lab: Review and speed mobilization
Lab: Review of evidence-based literature
Lab: Review and speed mobilizations (suboccipital group, trunk - anterior cervical/thorax)
Lab: Lower extremity joint mobilization (ankle - distal tibiofibular joint, talocrural joint)
Lab: MFR (pectoralis major, knee - articularis genu, lower leg - gastrocnemius and soleus)
Lunch (on your own)
Lab: Tai Chi sequence/group instruction
Lab: Balance basics
Lab: Strength/Power Training
Case Presentation, independent thinking and facilitated group review
Question/answer session, post test, course evaluation