Motor Control & Sensorimotor Training for Pain and Injury Rehab in the Cervical spine.
Neck pain can be caused by trauma such as whiplash or it can be insidious and frequently recurrent. Motor control deficits can be identified in association with neck pain. Following an episode of pain changes occur in the central nervous system including a loss of proprioceptive awareness, balance and repositioning accuracy in the neck. Deep stabilising exhibit motor control deficits and the superficial muscles become more active at low threshold compared with non-neck pain subjects.
Participants will be taught how these motor control deficits can result in continued provocation of the patient’s pathology and inflammatory pain. Headaches can be related to poor scapula control where levator scapulae exerts painful forces on the upper cervical spine. Scapula control is an important component of cervical rehab and this will be demonstrated on the course, along with scapula taping. Scapula taping can be used to offload cervical neural tissue.
This course will provide participants with skills in analysing muscle activation and diagnosing motor control deficits in the muscles of the cervical spine. Motor control retraining strategies will include proprioceptive sensorimotor training such as laser tracking exercises, oculomotor exercises and balance control work. The pressure biofeedback unit is introduced as a measure of grading specific activation of the appropriate deep stability muscles to control segmental translation of the cervical spine and specific movement control exercises are given for retraining functional head movement. Integration of these training strategies with manual therapy is discussed, such as joint mobilisation and neural desensitisation as necessary. This is a very practical hands on course and participants are encouraged to bring practical clothing accordingly.
The participant will be equipped to:
- Analyse movement of the cervical spine to make an accurate diagnosis of dysfunction.
- Be able to assess for specific motor control deficits in the cervical spine relating to local muscle activation in the control of segmental translation and control of functional head movement.
- Learn how to apply the key concepts of motor control and sensorimotor retraining to restore appropriate muscle activation, reposition sense and prioprioception for the cervical spine.
- Know when to retrain scapula control as part of cervical spine rehab, including the use of taping.
- Justify the application of specific motor control training instead of co-contraction strength training and to know when strength training is inappropriate for neck pain patients.
- Integrate motor control training into a comprehensive clinical reasoning framework.
MOTOR CONTROL & SENSORIMOTOR TRAINING FOR PAIN & INJURY REHAB IN THE CERVICAL SPINE
TWO DAY PRACTICAL COURSE
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