Changing the Brain for Movement, Pain & Function

We should not be naïve – all interventions (e.g. exercise, manual techniques and education) have an influence on the central nervous system at some level.  However, we can be more specific with our interventions when the CNS is uncoordinated, sensitized, or damaged.

Since the brain regulates movement, pain and cognitive function, it is best to understand how the brain regulates these functions.  This provides newer and better intervention strategies.

This series of courses considers the key components to how we learn to move and function – the neurodevelopmental sequence (sensory motor function, primitive reflexes, postural reflexes and goal orientated movement), and current evidence based research, to treat movement, pain and function.  Psychological function is considered along side this.  Our education is tailored to explaining key aspects of CNS function to the patient in an easy to understand manner to facilitate the rehabilitation process.

We have developed clear, easy to use clinical prediction rules to identify when the brain needs to be more specifically targeted with these interventions. This is the key to the SMARTERehab sub-classification process. These series of courses address the CNS Coordination, Psychosocial Factors sub-classifications and Central Sensitization.

This series of courses is suitable for musculoskeletal, neurological or paediatric physiotherapists.

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