Sunday, April 29, 2007

Course Description

Note: this is a typical course description. Each course is different according to the wishes of the audience and speaker.

Rewiring for Recovery

Peter G Levine

Neuroplasticity (“brain rewiring”) drives all motor learning after stroke. 

Stroke recovery should be simple and intuitive. Pete's seminars take the complexity and guesswork out of planning treatment. The emphasis is not on the body, but the brain. And the brain learns (Including motor learning after stroke) according to simple rules. These simple rules lead to treatments that are reimbursable and easy to set up. 

  • How to drive neuroplastic change in stroke survivors.
  • Ideas on reestablishing sensation, including proprioception
  • Bimanual training techniques.
  • Techniques for treating stroke survivors who have been administered botox. Included are strategies to increase the strength of botox injections and increase the window of opportunity botox presents.
  • Spasticity; what works and what does not work as well a new theoretic paradigm for the reduction of spasticity.
  • Simple application of e-stim to increase cortical control of muscles
  • Strategies for increasing quality and speed of gait
  • Developing a constraint induced therapy program that fits your practice
  • Stroke-specific measures that can be used to assure progress
  • Where to find stroke recovery specific research that is easy to read and free
Pete is a researcher who has co-authored over 60 peer-reviewedarticles and abstracts on promising techniques for stroke rehabilitation, and has written the best selling book on stroke recovery in the world. By focusing on cortical plasticity at the foundation of post stroke recovery, his seminars reveal a paradigm shift that impacts on every post-stroke sequelae. Included will be a discussion of how to utilize the cortical plasticity inherent in every stroke survivor as a foundation for treating deficits from spasticity to impaired motor control to sensation recovery. Core concepts such as the use of repetitive practice, optimal duration and intensity of interventions, learned nonuse, and forced use will be discussed. This seminar reveals a simpler and more elegant conceptualization of treatment strategies aimed at post stroke recovery. Appropriate stroke-specific measures of progress will also be reviewed.

Expect a unique and unfiltered perspective on the cutting edge of stroke rehabilitation research.


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