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Lower Limb Biomechanics & Orthotic Treatment Workshop

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
2014 Orthotics Workshop

One-Day Workshop
Lower Limb Biomechanics & Orthotic Treatment

Brian Hoke, DPT, received his degree in Physical Therapy from Indiana University and earned his post professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Boston University. He is board certified as a Sports Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities. In addition to lecturing extensively in the US and Internationally, Brian is co-owner and Director of Atlantic Physical Therapy, a private practice in Virginia Beach, Viginia.

 
TOPICS:
The Rear Foot: Nature versus Civilisation, the Gait Cycle, Triplane motion, the Subtalar joint – what is it, where is it and what does it do? Biomechanical dysfunction in relation to common conditions; plantar fasciitis, Achilles related pain, shin splints, knee pain, low back pain and leg length discrepancy.

The Fore Foot: Evaluation: fore foot/ rear foot relationship, mid tarsal joint, common conditions: metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuroma, fore foot varus/valgus, plantar flexed /dorsi flexed 1st ray.

Sagittal Plane: Biomechanics and function – The Rocker theory, Hallux limitus/rigidus, Functional Hallux Limitus (Fhl) evaluation and treatment.

Practical: Subtalar neutral, heat moulding, fitting, posting and patient compliance.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
Attendees will complete this course with a thorough understanding of:
• Biomechanical terminology of the foot and lower limb.
• Assessment techniques for the rear foot
• Diagnosis and treatment of common lower limb biomechanical related conditions
• Understanding of the Gait cycle
• The importance of 1st ray function
• Subtalar joint function
• Heat moulding and fitting orthotics
• Posting techniques
• Fine tuning orthotic prescription
• Patient compliance
• Valid for 6.5 CME’s for DC’s

For more information and to register:
Visit www.vasylimedical.com/seminars or call Rainy Cooper on 888-882-7954

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Acupuncture May Change the Way the Brain Perceives Pain

Monday, December 6th, 2010

The idea of pricking your body with needles in order to relieve pain seems nothing if not counter intuitive, but thousands of acupuncture patients swear the treatments are effective in addressing pain of all kinds.

But how does it work? How much of the relief is due to the placebo effect — the mere perception that the needles are actually dulling pain — as opposed to a real biological change in the way nerves signal the brain to pain?

A new study lends support to the notion that acupuncture may actually modulate the brain’s perception of pain. In a study that used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to track brain activity both before and during acupuncture, researchers led by Dr. Nina Theysohn at the University Hospital in Essen, Germany, and colleagues at University of Duisburg-Essen documented a specific pattern of brain activation during acupuncture that may represent an accessible pathway for addressing pain.

In the small trial, which involved 18 volunteers, each volunteer was placed in the fMRI scanner and then given a small electrical stimulus in the left ankle to generate pain. Acupuncture needles were then inserted at three places on the right side corresponding to regions known to modulate the ankle pain, and the fMRI was repeated. Comparing the brain scans before and after acupuncture, the scientists found that areas of the brain that were active during the pain stimulus were dampened during acupuncture, suggesting that the needles actually do cause a change in the way that the brain perceives and processes pain.

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