Osteoporosis: A Comprehensive Treatment Strategy
In this two day course, Ms. Meeks presents a comprehensive approach to the management of persons with osteoporosis, osteopenia, and postural problems which is also useful for spinal stenosis and back pain. Included is regularly up-dated information on definitions, pathology and epidemiology of osteoporosis. The program includes a complete patient assessment, site-specific exercise program, ostural correction, balance, gait, body mechanics during activities of daily living, use of foam rollers for balance and core strengthening, scapular stabilization exercises with resistance band, information on use of treatment modalities as they pertain to osteoporosis, and guidelines for advanced exercises (e.g., in the gym, Yoga, Pilates etc.) Therapists who take this course can then give good advice to patients seeking information about safety in movement in environments other than the physical therapy clinic.
Osteoporosis is occurring in epidemic proportions around the world in children, young adults, the elderly, men and women. Rehab professionals regularly see patients with osteoporosis in their treatment settings; yet, they seldom get osteoporosis as part of the patient’s diagnosis.
Safe management of this condition is imperative both from the standpoint of preventing fracture in the patient population and also from the standpoint of a reduction in the financial impact to the patient and to society. When a patient sustains a vertebral compression or hip fracture, quality of life changes dramatically and the mortality rate and costs are very high.
In this course Osteoporosis: A Comprehensive Treatment Strategy, an innovative, effective, safe, site-specific comprehensive program for Physical Therapy management of the patient with osteoporosis is presented. All levels are continually updated with the latest literature and information on bone health.
The therapist who completes this course will be able to identify an at-risk population in the treatment setting, will be able to treat safely and according to identified Patterns of Postural Change© and will be able to make appropriate referrals as indicated and necessary. They will also be able to guide patients in appropriate movement choices in the gym and other exercise settings.
This comprehensive program is designed to prevent, arrest and/or reverse the common Patterns of Postural Change© that occur as, but not necessarily because, people age. Below the diagram is a description of each point. View additional information regarding each point.
In addition to the twelve basic tenets described here, The Meeks Method consists of advanced training for health professionals who are interested in learning how to move from, and with consideration of safety for, the bones. Leaning to move “from the inside out” can profoundly change the way you teach patients and exercise clients how to move and can also change your own life.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Articulate basic information on osteoporosis and osteopenia, including first signs and risk factors, epidemiology and pathology for these conditions and know how to identify people who may be at risk in their own clinic.
- Apply the concept of the terns of Postural Change© as it applies to exercise prescription in the P.T. clinic and articulate guidelines for exercise and fitness classes.
- Articulate the elements of thorough pre-assessment and assessment procedures for persons with known or suspected osteopenia and/or osteoporosis. Perform and interpret the REEDCO Posture Score.
- Articulate the principles of movement and philosophy of the exercise program, be able to perform and teach the exercises, including site specific strengthening/flexibility exercises, postural correction, balance and gait.
- Instruct patients in ADL’s and body mechanics with guidelines appropriate for the geriatric population and for people with Osteoporosis.
- Articulate the suggested use of effective modalities and specific treatments that are used to augment the exercise program.
- Know when and how to make referrals to other health professionals as indicated by patient condition.
- Advise patients on exercise programs that they may currently be doing (e.g., Aerobics classes, Gym machines, Senior classes, Pilates, Yoga, T’ai Chi, Aquatherapy) so that they will be as safe as possible in other environments.
- Identify specific treatment guidelines and considerations for patients in acute, sub-acute, rehab, outpatient, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, assisted living facility and home care settings.
|Friday, June 22, 2012|
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Laying the Foundation
|10:15 a.m.||Continuation of Laying the Foundation|
Gait Training, Postural Correction, Balance Testing and Exercises, Introduction of Habitual and Non-Habitual Movement Patterns
Second PowerPoint Presentation
Site-Specific Exercise Program
|Saturday, June 23, 2012|
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
|8 a.m.||Patient pre-assessment and assessment|
|9:30 a.m.||Continuation of site-specific exercise program stabilization exercises|
Continuation of site-specific exercise program; Strengthening/Balancing with Foam Rollers
Effects of treatment/identified patterns of postural change. Guidelines “above and beyond” the P.T. clinic
|4:45 p.m.||Evaluations and presentation of certificates|
Sara M. Meeks, P.T., M.S., G.C.S., K.Y.T.
- has been a licensed, practicing Physical Therapist since 1962,
- has specialized in the unique management implications of persons with osteopenia and osteoporosis since 1984 has developed an evidenced-based, easy, effective, comprehensive, site-specific, 12-part program for the conservative management of persons with osteopenia, osteoporosis, postural problems and back pain.
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Course registration fees include all course sessions, course manual and supplies (6 x 36 foam roller), continental breakfast and snacks.
Sara Meeks Seminars
P.O. Box 5577
Gainesville, FL 32627-5577
Local Phone: 352-378-6484
Toll Free: 888-330-7272
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