Course title:Evidence In Motion's Optimizing Patient Handling
Description:Tactile sensitivity and kinesthetic awareness of both patient and therapist can be important therapeutic tools but are often overlooked by physical therapists. This afferent experience (manual contacts) is not an isolated sense and should be integrated with a physical therapist assessment as well as intervention. When done intentionally, manual contacts can positively impact the quality of intervention and maximize patient outcomes.

The purpose of this course is to improve your awareness and ability to effectively leverage your manual contacts to the benefit of you and your patients. In this understudied area we will build on the principles proposed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. We will review how we learn through touch and kinesthetic awareness of our own bodies to make finer distinctions in movement and sensation. In this course you will develop your tactile sensitivity and kinesthetic awareness, allowing you to “tune into” someone with your hands.

Target Audience: Intermediate level course open to Licensed Physical Therapists, Licensed Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, and Certified Athletic Trainers.

Credits: 8 contact hours from EIM Institute of Health Professions

Prerequisites: None

Appropriate dress: Participants are asked to bring appropriate attire for lab sessions (i.e. shorts and t-shirts and sports bras for women) and air-conditioned environments throughout the day (i.e. warm-up or work-out clothes).

1.Explore how developing a more refined self image allows for better touch sensitivity.
2.Discover the dual role of teacher-learner with sensory motor learning.
3.Use sensory-motor tools designed to be used with movement puzzles that allow for ways to improve body awareness and self-perception.
4.Maximize your postural awareness to achieve proximal control with distal mobility.
5.Use our visual perception to maximize sensory awareness and improve your touch.
6.Using Thelan’s ideas of human dynamic systems apply a theoretical framework that supports the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education of:

•Explore variable movement
•Attend to how new systems self-organize
•Select patterns that are better
•Optimize for function

References: Required and supplementary articles are listed in each weekly module and can be downloaded from the Moodle Learning Management System.
Tutor:Stacy Barrows, PT, DPT, GCFP
Date(s):February 15, 2015
Duration:1 day
Venue:Body Dynamics, Inc.
Location:Falls Church, VA
Contact name:Jennifer Gamboa