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The following courses are being offered at Back Works. Please check this page regularly as new courses may be added.​

  • The Pelvis & Hip:  Recurrent Groin & Hamstring Problems – Find the Driver & Treat the Whole Person with ConnectTherapy™ - May 9-12, 2018 Registration Form

  • Managing the “Pusher”:  An NDT Perspective on Managing the Individual with Contraversive Pushing Tendencies Post-Stroke - Sunday June 17, 2018 - COURSE FULL

  • Function in the Upright Posture: NDT Intermediate Level Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and other Neuromotor Disorders - Jun 23 - 24, 2018 Registration Form

  • NDT Introductory Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuromotor Disorders - Sept 22 - 23, 2018  - Registration Form

  • The ConnectTherapy™ Series Ont 2017/2018 - Build your Clinical Expertise | ConnectTherapy™ & the Thoracic Ring Approach™ - Oct 2017- May 2018 COURSE FULL

**  If interested, please ask to be put on our course update list and you will receive an email to notify you of new courses being added to the schedule.**


The Pelvis & Hip:  Recurrent Groin & Hamstring Problems – Find the Driver & Treat the Whole Person with ConnectTherapy™

 

Dates:  May 9 - May 12, 2018

 

Location:

Conestoga College, 299 Doon Valley Drive, Kitchener, ON N2G 4M4

 

This 4-day course will introduce the key concepts and hands-on practical skills of the ConnectTherapy model as applied to assessing and treating pelvis and hip “drivers”.

 

Key content includes:

  • Key concepts of the ConnectTherapy model for whole body assessment, finding and linking Drivers, and treating the whole person
  • Key Principles of Meaningful Task Analysis (MTA) & How to diagnose a Pelvis or Hip Driver for common recurrent problems such as hamstring tendinopathy and groin pain
    • When and how to use screening tasks to break down a complex MT
    • How to determine if a patient has optimal or non-optimal strategies during meaningful tasks – objective & subjective signs, how to change the patient’s experience of their body by getting to ‘Wow’
    • Specific manual tests for the pelvis and hip complex during screening tasks to rule in or rule out the pelvis and hip as the primary driver for the patient’s problem – tasks covered include:
      • Standing
      • Squatting and activities that require sitting
      • Gait – walking & running
      • Discussion of how to find the driver for other sports specific and functional movements relevant to course participants
    • How to use the ConnectTherapy Drivers Diagnostic Chart™ and algorithm to determine if there is a Secondary Driver or Co-Driver for the patient’s problem
    • Factors that influence function of the pelvis and hip – clinical signs that the driver is in the thorax (how the thorax can drive the pelvis, introduction to The Thoracic Ring Approach) or in the foot – observational findings in the thorax and knee/foot that indicate the driver for groin and hamstring problems is distal from the pelvis-hip complex
  • Current research on the terminology and biomechanics of the joints of the pelvic girdle & hip and how to define and test optimal function of the pelvis & hip during functional movements
  • Special screening tests to determine if the pelvis or hip is the driver for recurrent hamstring and groin problems, with clinical reasoning of when the thorax or foot should be considered
  • Discussion around “core” stability, trunk control and how stability relates to performance, optimal control of the pelvis and hips and how that relates to the thorax and lumbar spine, how the thorax and pelvis-hip complex interact to control centre of mass over base of support
  • Common clinical patterns of altered hip and knee function which occur as a result of non-optimal load transfer through the pelvis
  • Key systems tests for pelvis and hip drivers – vector analysis of joint mobility for the pelvis and hip, stability tests for the sacroiliac joint & pubic symphysis
  • Tests to analyse recruitment and function of the deep and superficial muscles of the pelvis and hip and how that relates to patterns observed in meaningful tasks
  • Layer palpation & analysis skills for the abdominal wall and posterior trunk muscles related to pelvis control and function
  • Key concepts of the ConnectTherapy Treatment Principles and Exercise Prescription Framework:
    • learn the three phases of treatment and exercise progression applied to pelvis and hip drivers
    • learn how to prescribe and use “self-check” and “reset exercises” to empower patients with control over their exercise program as they progress
    • Discuss how the diagnosis of Primary vs. Secondary Driver affects treatment planning
    • Key principles from neuroplasticity to most effectively change strategies for posture, movement and performance
  • How to develop a multi-modal treatment program for the pelvis and hip and choose the most effective combination of neuromyofascial release techniques, manual therapy, education and exercise training
  • Motor control training for the deep muscles – this training uses imagery and touch for facilitation. The focus is how to train control of the driver and integrate into whole body function movements and learn the criteria for progression through the phases
  • Taping and belting techniques for the pelvis during function and sport to augment exercise training
  • Techniques to specifically cue control of hip centre of rotation and position during training tasks to ensure optimal synergistic recruitment of the hip muscles (psoas, TFL, glutes, etc.)
  • Exercise progressions and key components to take the rehabilitation program from the acute stage to restoring full return to sport and activity – the three phases of progression

Instructor Name: Dr. Linda-Joy Lee

 

Cost: $1325 + 13% HST (Canadian)  Download Registration Form


For more information please contact Janine Tasaka, Director of Education Planning at Janine@ljlee.ca or call 1.604.986.2777

 

https://ljlee.ca/course/2018-may-lj-lee-kitchener-on-canada-the-pelvis-hip/?action=


Managing the “Pusher”:  An NDT Perspective on Managing the Individual with Contraversive Pushing Tendencies Post-Stroke

 

Date:  Sunday June 17, 2018 - This course is FULL - please ask us to add you to our Education Email List for upcoming course announcements

 

Location:

Back Work Spinal & Sports Rehabilitation

99 Northfield Drive East, Suite 102

Waterloo, ON

 

Course description:

This one-day workshop provides an opportunity for health care professionals to gain insight into managing the individual with contraversive pushing tendencies (“pusher syndrome”).  The individual who suffers from a stroke and has “pushing” tendencies presents with unique impairments that challenges health care professionals.  This workshop will present current theoretical evidence and practical NDT skills for participants to use when working with the individual who “pushes”.  The overall objective of this course is to enable participants to bring information back to their facility and apply it toward promoting more functional movement and achieving functional outcomes with their patients.


Course Learning Objectives:

 

Upon completion of the course the participants will:

  • State the basic philosophy underlying the NDT approach to the treatment of adults with neurological dysfunction
  • Identify major impairments interfering with normal movement and function in the individual with stroke who has contraversive pushing tendencies.
  • Demonstrate basic handling skills to enhance patient’s functional movement as related to his/her functional goals including activities in sitting, standing and gait.
  • Demonstrate an increased repertoire of evaluation and treatment strategies for the individual with stroke who has contraversive pushing tendencies.

Requirements:  Participants must be a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist, Therapy/Rehab Assistant or Kinesiologist.

 

Instructor:  Karen Guha, PT, BSc PT, C/NDT, CIDN

Karen is a physiotherapist at Grand River Hospital and Back Works Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation.  She received her Physical Therapy degree from the University of Toronto in 1996 and became NDT trained in 1999.  Karen became a NDTA™ PT Instructor in 2007 and a NDTA™ Coordinator Instructor in 2011.  In 2017 Karen completed her certification in Integrated Dry Needling.  Karen has over 20 years’ experience working with adults with neurological impairments in acute, rehabilitation and outpatient settings.  Karen has taught NDT courses throughout North America and internationally.


Course Details:

Tuition includes course materials and morning and afternoon snacks. Lunch is not provided however there are many places to eat within walking distance of the clinic.


Cost:  $250.00 +HST ($282.50)

 

For more information please contact us at admin@backworks.ca or (519)746-8172

 


Function in the Upright Posture: NDT Intermediate Level Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and other Neuromotor Disorders

 

Dates:  June 23 - 24, 2018  --  Download Registration Form

 

Location:

Back Work Spinal & Sports Rehabilitation

99 Northfield Drive East, Suite 102

Waterloo, ON

 

Course description:

This two-day workshop will present NDT principles related to preparation for and treating in function during standing and walking.  The course will provide an opportunity for analysis of biomechanics and components of typical gait and the assessment of movement dysfunction in standing, walking and some transitional movements, in clients with neurological deficits post CVA or brain injury.


Course Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Identify components of normal gait
  • Demonstrate basic skill in analyzing atypical components of trunk and lower extremity function, frequently associated with conditions of neurological dysfunction, during standing and some transitional movements and in gait
  • Demonstrate basic handling skills to enhance patient’s movement as related to his/her functional goals during standing and walking
  • Demonstrate an increased repertoire of evaluation and management strategies to addresses the patient’s primary impairments interfering with efficient lower extremity function in a variety of activities

Instructor:  Karen Guha PT, B.Sc. PT, C. NDTA

Karen is a Physiotherapist at Grand River Hospital and Back Works Spinal and Sports Rehabilitation.  She received her Physical Therapy degree from the University of Toronto in 1996 and became NDT trained in 1999.  Karen became a NDTA™ PT Instructor in 2007, a NDTA™ Coordinator Instructor in 2011 and a NDTA™ Advanced Course Instructor in 2014.  She has over 18 years experience working with adults with neurological impairments in acute, rehabilitation and outpatient settings.  Karen has taught NDT courses throughout North America and internationally.


Course Details:

Tuition includes course materials and morning and afternoon snacks. Lunch is not provided however there are many places to eat within walking distance of the clinic.


Cost:  $450 + HST = $508.50 (Canadian)

 

For more information please contact us at admin@backworks.ca or (519)746-8172


NDT Introductory Workshop in the Management of Adults with Stroke, Brain Injury and Other Neuromotor Disorders


Dates:  Sept 22 - 23, 2018  --  Download Registration Form

 

Location

Back Work Spinal & Sports Rehabilitation

99 Northfield Drive East, Suite 102

Waterloo, ON

 
Course Description

This two day introductory level course provides a unique opportunity for health care professionals to gain insight into the basic principles of the NDT approach and how it is applied to clinical practice to promote recovery of function in individuals with neurological impairments. Current theoretical foundations and evidence supporting and NDT approach will be presented as well as specific and practical information about the management of the adult neurological patient. The overall objective of this course is to enable participants to bring information back to their facility and apply it toward promoting more functional movement and achieving functional outcomes with their patients.

Course format will include lectures and a patient demonstration by an instructor. A major portion of the course will involve laboratory practice sessions. During lab sessions, participants will have the opportunity to analyze normal movement and practice handling skills to facilitate functional movement patterns in normal adults during sitting/standing activities and transitions.

Participants must be a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist, Therapy/Rehab Assistant or Kinesiologist.


Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course the participants will:

  • State the basic philosophy underlying the NDT approach to the treatment of adults with neurological dysfunction
  • Demonstrate basic skill in analyzing movement, both normal and abnormal, during sitting and standing activities and some transitions
  • Identify major impairments interfering with normal movement and function in the adult with stroke, brain injury and other neuromotor disorders such as incomplete spinal cord injury
  • Demonstrate basic handling skills to enhance patient's functional movement as related to his/her functional goals
  • Demonstrate an increased repertoire of evaluation and treatment strategies for the individual with stroke, brain injury and other neuromotor disorders

Instructor:  Karen Guha PT, B.Sc. PT, C. NDTA

Karen is a Physiotherapist at Grand River Hospital and Back Works Spinal & Sports Rehabilitation. She received her Physical therapy degree from the University of Toronto in 1996 and became NDT trained in 1999. Karen became a NDTA* PT Instructor in 2007 and a NDTA* Coordinator Instructor in 2011. She has over 18 years experience working with adults with neurological impairments in acute, rehabilitation and outpatient settings. Karen has taught NDT courses throughout North America and internationally.


Course Details

Tuition includes course materials and morning and afternoon snacks. Lunch is not provided however there are many places to eat within walking distance of the clinic.


Cost: $450 + HST ($508.50 Canadian)

 

For more information please contact us at admin@backworks.ca  or (519)746-8172


The ConnectTherapy™ Series Ontario 2017/2018 - Build your Clinical Expertise | ConnectTherapy™ & the Thoracic Ring Approach™

 

Dates:
Part 1: October 23-27, 2017 - Completed
Part 2: February 26 - March 2, 2018 - Course Full
Part 3: May 14-18, 2018 - Course Full - email Janine Tasaka for future dates Janine@LJLee.ca

 

Location:

Conestoga College, 299 Doon Valley Drive, Kitchener, ON N2G 4M4

 

Course Description:

The ConnectTherapy Series is a 3 Part, 9-month learning experience, taught by Dr. Linda-Joy (LJ) Lee. It provides in-depth hands-on and clinical reasoning skills in The Thoracic Ring Approach™ and ConnectTherapy™ models. These models illuminate the connections between all regions and systems of the body and integrate psychosocial features to treat the whole person by “Finding the Drivers” for the person’s problem. The ConnectTherapy Series replaces the Discover Physio Series and incorporates significant advances and changes made by LJ, to the previously taught Integrated Systems Model for Disability & Pain (Lee LJ, Lee DG 2010). This includes LJ’s new ConnectTherapy Drivers Diagnostic Chart™ (DDC) and clinical reasoning algorithm to diagnose Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Co-Drivers with a comprehensive and logical process. The new DDC also links with a new ConnectTherapy Treatment Principles and Exercise Prescription Framework. Identifying Drivers and changing the patient’s negative experience of their body to a positive experience during Meaningful Task Analysis (Lee LJ 2008) is a powerful vehicle for change. This “Wow” factor has neurophysiological implications. Therapists can then confidently design treatment programs that target the true source of the problem and expect positive change. The innovative Thoracic Ring Approach™ (Lee LJ) is covered in depth, based on LJ’s personal, clinical and research journey on how the thorax affects the function of the whole body. This includes how to assess and treat dual thoracic drivers, new advanced thoracic ring exercises and concepts in program design. In every area of the body, from the cranium to the foot, unique assessment and treatment techniques are related to how they support optimal function & performance of the whole body and whole person. The ConnectTherapy Series empowers you with new ways to assess and treat your patients, integrates the science from multiple fields with clinical expertise to figure out how to most efficiently and effectively treat your patients. It is a year that will illuminate new possibilities for growth and change. 

 

Course Structure:

The course consists of 15 days of face-to-face learning, spread out over 3-five day sessions (Parts 1-3) and combined with extensive online support and directed course preparation:

Online videos covering practical demonstrations, lectures and case studies

Book and journal article recommended readings, directed anatomy & biomechanics review to prepare for each part of the ConnectTherapy Series

Online peer and tutor support via an online forum. The forum is secure so that patient case studies with photos and videos can be posted and discussed for optimal facilitation problem solving

There is a high Instructor/Assistant to Student Ratio (at least 1:6) to ensure a high level of quality feedback for skill acquisition and development of clinical reasoning skills. Let the ConnectTherapy Series Challenge your Mind and Change your World, and the worlds of your patients.
 

Instructor Name: Dr. Linda-Joy Lee

 

Cost: $5,200 + 13% HST (Canadian)


For more information please contact Janine Tasaka, Director of Education Planning at Janine@ljlee.ca or call 1.604.986.2777


https://ljlee.ca/course/2017-october-lj-lee-kitchener-on-canada-the-connecttherapy-series/

 

 
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