Required course preparation
Online videos are part of this course. Prior to the classroom portion of this course, all students must complete a review of the videos and articles on the course preparation page.
Please bring a Swiss ball and a 36″ x 6″ foam roll to the course on Saturday and Sunday to ensure full participation in exercise sessions.
The size of the Swiss ball should allow you to sit on the ball with a 100+ (but not more than 110) degree hip-trunk angle. If you do not own a Swiss ball or cannot use one from your facility, call Ball Dynamics at 800-752-2255 to order one. Please have a credit card number and shipping address available. If you are unable to bring your ball inflated, please arrive early to have this done. A pump will be available at the course.
|Friday||4:30 – 9:30 p.m.|
|Saturday||8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.|
|Sunday||8 a.m. – 4 p.m.|
Scheduling note: Schedule may necessitate changes due to travel restrictions of the instructor. The instructor will discuss any changes at the beginning of the course if applicable.
CoreFirst™ Strategies for Back Education and Training presents a methodical and unique functional assessment and treatment program for spine patients. The CFS approach, originated and developed by Vicky Saliba Johnson, PT, FFFMT, FAAOMPT, trains the therapist to directly correlate an evaluation of the patient’s base of support, alignment, and Lumbar Protective Mechanism to the patient’s motor activation and strength response. Building on this assessment, the participant is trained in five principles to enhance efficient posture, movement, and the automatic-not volitional-activation of the core stabilizers. These principles serve as a kinesthetic checklist for patients during ADL such as sitting and lifting. To complete this dynamic approach to active functional rehabilitation, the therapist is trained in a progressive functional exercise program which addresses flexibility, coordination, strength, stability, and functional movement patterns. The course includes an extensive manual with over 200 photos of posture, movement, and exercise.
- To learn functional tests which give the therapist true functional outcomes of the education and training process.
- To learn principles of acute care, positioning and exercise which empower the patient to be independent in ADL.
- To self experience and learn how to train others in the five principles of posture and movement which serve as the foundation for training in all ADL from sleeping postures, sitting, and standing to lifting and push-pull activities.
- To assist the therapist in designing appropriate and challenging exercise programs to meet the functional needs of each individual patient.
The instructors advertised for the course are the intended instructors. The final number of instructors will be determined by course enrollment. Every effort is made to hold the course with the scheduled instructors. Course refunds or transfers will not be granted based on a change of instructors.
Multiple instructors are scheduled for each course. However, the actual number of instructors at a course will be determined by final enrollment.
2.5 days, 20-22 hours. (approved CEUs vary by state.)
Note: CFS requires students to complete online videos before attending the classroom instruction. Approved CEUs for this course may vary depending on individual states’ treatment of Online vs. Classroom Instruction. Before registering for a course you should verify approved CEUs with your state licensing board or association. State rules are subject to change. IPA courses are approved for the state in which the course is held.
Break food will be provided during the first break of the course only. No other food will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own snacks if desired.
Audience: PT, PTA, OT. OTAs may attend with a supervising PT or OT.
Each student is expected to complete required reading and video reviews prior to the classroom instruction and attend all hours of classroom instruction to receive a certificate of completion. Any exceptions to this policy must be pre-approved in writing by the Directors.
Each participant’s body must be accessible for observation. Please refrain from wearing large or sharp jewelry. Also, be aware that Saturday afternoon and Sunday labs require athletic or work shoes. No jeans please.
Women: Sports top or close fitting t-shirts, and shorts or sweats.
Men: Shorts or sweats and t-shirts.
All: Warm-up suits or other clothing worn over the above described attire is advised to ensure comfort between demonstrations, as temperatures may vary in the room.
This 2 1/2 day workshop is quite demanding and intense. Please come prepared and rested. Review the basic anatomy and philosophy of muscle function. This knowledge will serve as an important foundation for the principles and procedures taught. Be sure to complete the required course preparation listed above.
Therapeutic Exercises for Spinal Segmental Stabilization in Low Back Pain, 1st & 2nd Editions, Richardson, Carolyn; Jull, Gwendolyn; Hodges, Paul; Hides, Julie.
Registration and Questions
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