Mirror Therapy and Graded Motor Imagery (GMI): Retrain the Brain to Alter Pain, Increase Movement and Improve Function

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Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Dr. Susan W. Stralka, PT, DPT, MS
Conference Date
Thu, Jun 11, 2015
60 minutes
Product Description

Learn to Clinically use Mirror Therapy or Graded Motor Imagery in an Overall Rehabilitation Program

Mirror Therapy and Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) are emerging strategies to be utilized in treating both Orthopedic and Neurological patients. They have been termed “topdown treatment” strategies to assist in improving functional outcomes. These two treatment strategies are supported by evidence that shows the changes occurring after treatment.

Mirror Therapy and GMI are cost effective clinical strategies to use in the clinic and are billed under neuromuscular reeducation.These treatment strategies can be utilized for both orthopedic and neurological patients. Research has shown that Cerebral Vascular Accidents, Traumatic Brain Injury, Nerve Entrapments, Phantom Limb Pain, Persistent Pain and many other diagnoses have responded well when implementing Mirror Therapy or GMI. These two strategies are helpful in getting the patient to move if there is fear of movement, anxiety about moving, by using the noninvolved limb to assist.

What are you going to do if your patient’s peripheral symptoms are treated but the patient is unable to get well and/or their symptoms keep appearing again and again? New strategies such as Mirror Therapy and GMI help to retrain the brain when the problem reveals central sensitization or central nervous system changes. This webinar by expert speaker Dr. Susan W. Stralka will shed light on these treatment protocols in the clinical and home setting and for a variety of diagnoses.

Session Highlights:

  • Understand how injuries have both peripheral and central consequences and both must be treated
  • Brief overview of pathophysiology of pain mechanism
  • Why Central Sensitization Happens?
  • Show how Mirror Therapy and Graded Motor Imagery can be utilized in the clinical setting
  • Describe different protocols for using Mirror Therapy and Graded Motor Imagery at home
  • Utilize the uninvolved extremity to help retrain the involved limb with Phantom limb pain and abnormal movement patterns
  • Know when to clinically use Mirror therapy or Graded Motor Imagery in an overall rehabilitation program
  • Laterality training protocol using GMI

Who should attend?

Physical Therapist and Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapist and Certified Occupational Assistants, Massage, Athletic Trainers, Exercise Physiologist and Clinical Psychologist

Ask a question at the Q&A session following the live event and get advice unique to your situation, directly from our expert speaker.

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About Our Speaker

Dr. Susan W. Stralka - Neurology Coding Expert

Susan W. Stralka, PT, DPT, MS, is a licensed physical therapist with many years of experience treating both musculoskeletal and neurovascular consequences of injury. She is a guest lecturer at The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, Tennessee (UTHSC) and earned an  Master’s Degree and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from there. She has a strong clinical background in treating neurological and musculoskeletal consequences of injury.

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