Neurodynamics is the physical ability of the nervous system allowing it to move, slide, glide and accommodate human movement and function. Compared to more traditional manual therapy models focusing on joints and muscles, neurodynamics is new and vitally important in restoring normal movement and function. To understand the physical movement of nerves, neuroscience knowledge is explored to understand how pain works from a neurobiological and neurophysiological perspective.
This course will discuss the latest research in the use of neurodynamic tests for examination as well as treatment. Mounting evidence supports the use of neurodynamics in various traditional orthopedic based disorders such as low back pain, radiculopathy, plantar fasciitis, lateral epicondylitis, whiplash, neck pain, carpal tunnel, post-surgery, ankle sprains and more. This lab intensive class will discuss the most commonly used neurodynamic tests for the upper limb, trunk and lower extremity, ensuring skillful handling, sound clinical reasoning and neuroscience knowledge. The course will systematically demonstrate all neurodynamic tests, discuss research related to each test, various passive and active treatment options, treating tissues around the nervous system, home exercises, neuroscience education with neurodynamics and more. This course adds another dimension for the therapist treating patients with pain.
Upon completion of this class, attendees will:
1. Review current evidence and understanding of neuroanatomy and neurogenic pain related to evaluation and treatment of neurodynamics through attending lecture and reviewing course manual
2. Locate and palpate peripheral nerves in upper limb and lower extremity on lab partners using course manual and with instructor assistance
3. Demonstrate upper limb, trunk, lumbar and lumbosacral neurodynamic tests performed on lab partners after demonstration from instructor(s) and with use of manual
4. Differentiate neurodynamic treatment principles for various clinical examples based on lecture material and course manual in class discussion
5. Demonstrate upper limb, trunk, lumbar and lumbosacral neurodynamic treatments performed on lab partners after demonstration from instructor(s) and with use of manual
6. Choose appropriate neurodynamic test and treatment for clinical application to at least 1 of 8 written case studies presenting to class for discussion using course teachings and course manual.
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