This 2-day, hands-on 15-hour class will focus on treating people with a hypertensive nervous system that are clinically “too hot to handle.” With the advent of pain neuroscience exploring issues associated with neuroplasticity, it has become increasingly clear that in a certain patient population, physical touch and movement, essential for recovery, could actually pose a threat. This includes conditions such as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS – old RSD), phantom limb pain, peripheral neuropathy, spinal cord injuries, spinal pain and more.
With persistent input to the central nervous system and brain, various long-lasting changes occur including cell death, change in brain maps of the body, neurotransmitters, receptors and various pathways associated with pain. These changes manifest themselves with clinical issues such as neglect, allodynia, hyperalgesia, mirror pains, spreading pain, widespread sensitization and problems with laterality recognition.
Physical testing of patients with pathological changes in their mapping will include two-point discrimination, pressure-pain threshold testing, nerve palpation, localization, graphesthesia, neurodynamics, laterality and mapping of body parts. The same neuroplastic events associated with pain, however, produce unique avenues to treat patients often too sensitive for physical movement. The brain’s perception of threat can be altered with cognitions (therapeutic neuroscience education), but also via other senses, directly aiming at the faulty mapping of the brain in pain.
Treatments discussed, demonstrated and practiced will include graded motor imagery, sensory discrimination, mirror therapy, graphesthesia and neuroscience education. Various examination and treatment techniques will be shown and practiced during lab sessions that will allow for immediate take home application of treatments.
This class is a must for therapists working in a variety of clinical settings dealing with patients “too hot to handle.”
Target Audience: This course is open to all health care providers who treat complex regional sympathetic dystrophy
Credits: 15 hours
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).
- Develop a greater understanding of the structural and functional changes in the brain as it pertains to pain
- Recognize various clinical tests that can be used to screen for altered neuroplasticity
- Experience the immediate application of brief remapping techniques in a variety of patient cases
- Recognize how brief remapping techniques can alter patient sensitivity and positively influence pain in real-life
- Immediately apply the information from the educational session into clinical practice