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Evidence-Based Upper Limb Retraining Course


This workshop focuses on helping physiotherapists to minimise upper limb impairments post-stroke, and increase engagement in daily activities. Workshop materials are based on published research and movement science, and are regularly updated to include new evidence and therapies. Currently the workshop content includes task-specific upper limb retraining, mirror therapy, electrical stimulation, mental practice and constraint-induced movement therapy. Eight stroke survivors will participate in the clinical sessions. The workshop will be of interest to physiotherapists from hospital and community based settings, who teach adults following stroke and acquired brain impairment, as well as occupational therapists and other suitably qualified/experienced health professionals. Presenters: Karl Schurr APAM and Annie McCluskey (Occupational Therapist)
Learning Outcomes At the end of 3 days, participants will be able to: • Name the essential components (invariant kinematic features) of normal reach to grasp, and manipulation • Recognise common compensations when observing people with stroke/brain injury attempting to reach for and use everyday objects; understand and explain why these compensatory strategies should be discouraged during practice • Discuss factors thought to contribute to the development of muscle overactivity/spasticity, and strategies to help minimise these secondary problems • Explain the relationship and differences between spasticity/overactivity, muscle length changes, missing essential components and compensations • Plan and conduct an observational analysis and motor training session with a stroke participant • Name factors that affect motor learning, and can be modified to enhance learning and increase intensity of practice • Use an electrical stimulation machine to stimulate paralysed muscles • Discuss evidence related to various interventions including constraint-induced movement therapy, electrical stimulation, mental practice and mirror therapy to improve motor recovery and upper limb function

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Location Address Dates
Victoria Burwood East Start date: 19 Oct 2018 08:00
End date: 21 Oct 2018 16:00