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IAMT is proud to provide advanced specialty courses that encompass a variety of manual therapy and sports medicine topics including: Advanced Sports Medicine Upper Extremity, Advanced Sports Medicine Lower Extremity, Manual Therapy Tool Kit, Trigger Point Dry Needling, Pelvic Floor for the Manual Therapist and many others. We will continue to offer new and exciting educational opportunities through our network of world renowned experts. For a list of our current panel of talented US and international instructors, please refer to the “Our Experts” section of our website.

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Neuroscience for Manual Therapist

This course is intended to integrate recent neuroanatomical findings that explain and support the clinical practice of manual therapy. The profession has sought to evolve from purely mechanical models that base results on the operation of the musculoskeletal system to models that involve a central nervous system basis for the understanding of our subjective and objective findings. The reality is now supporting a model that shows that there is no real difference between the 2 and that any intervention on the former is also an intervention on the later. As manual therapists, we are uniquely positioned to address these concepts.
Recent changes in how central neurologic mechanisms affect the peripheral system and vice versa are important to understand if we are to continue to improve functional patient outcomes. Functional outcomes include improvements in perception and behaviors, not just of pain, but of other subjective dynamics, as well as improvements in objective measures.

Human function, mental and physical, is an interplay between perceptions to environmental stimulus, activity stimulated by the upper regions of the cortex itself and manual stimulus applied by the therapist. Sorting through the myriad of subject and objective findings can be a daunting task.

In an effort to integrate this information, this course will review relevant scientific findings in the fields of cognitive neuroscience, cellular biology, peripheral and central neuroanatomy, and exercise physiology. It will provide an anatomic and functional review of the relevant neuroscience so that the clinical correlates can be drawn and applied to clinical practice.

This course does not have any prereading materials.

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