STEP 5 Cervical Spine

STEP 5 Cervical Spine
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STEP 5 Cervical Spine, Neck Pain and Impairment

Scientific Therapeutic Exercise Progression (STEP), the premier exercise course series from the Ola Grimsby Institute, has a curriculum that focuses on exercise rehabilitation for tissue repair (mechanotherapy), joint mobilization, motor control, coordination, endurance, strength training and athletic function. Specific cervical exercise dosage and design can address specific impairments and neck pain related to the hypomobile cervical spine, as well as stabilize impaired motor control for cervical instability and whiplash. Treating neck pain require more than simple isometrics for neck exercise from the internet or family practice physician. Become a movement expert and learn how to address specific segmental dysfunction, addressing specific motor impairments. Dose specific neck exercises to resolve muscle guarding, joint restrictions, motor control deficits, postural dysfunction, post-surgical care and cervical dyskinesia. Enhance your skills for exercise dosage, design and progression, creating your own patient specific programs. The extensive curriculum taught in the STEP series has a foundation in advanced manual therapy education, which includes tissue-specific assessment and manual therapy interventions. This course is taught by seasoned instructors that use this curriculum every day in the clinic.

Course Dates and Cities

STEP-5: Cervical Spine, Neck Pain and Impairment (Des Plaines, Illinois) Aug 05-06, 2023

STEP Origins in MET

The origin of STEP is from the Norwegian school of MTT or MET (Medical Training Therapy / Medical Exercise Therapy). With over 50 years of clinical application, these courses are designed to teach the clinician to think—designing their own exercises, or modifying classic ones, to specifically address each impairment of the patient. Current principles in work physiology and clinical evidence guide the participants on a path to critical thinking that empowers the clinician to create, rather than reproduce. Don’t learn a list of exercises, learn how to design an unlimited list of movement-based solutions. Exercise to mobilize joints/fascia, resolve pain and muscle guarding, elevate abnormal movement patterns, and combine cervical programs with scapular and upper quarter training. Learn to answer questions for dosage on all variables associated with exercise prescription: resistance (concentric, eccentric, isometric), repetitions, sets, rest, speed, range and frequency. This course integrates specific manual therapy principles in mobilization, stabilization and prevention of injury in the cervical spine.

Become Certified

All 6 STEP courses can be combined, along with online learning, projects, and examinations, to receive a Certification in Rehabilitative Exercise (CREx).

STEP Book Series

This exceptional three textbook series edited by Ola Grimsby and Jim Rivard covers the scientific fundamentals related to manual therapy and exercise rehabilitation. As a foundational textbook series for the STEP curriculum, this book series will dramatically increase your knowledge base but also provide examples of decades in clinical practice of apply STEP and MET (medical exercise therapy) concepts.

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Participants will be able to:

• Describe the evidence-based implications of cervical instability on myokinematics

• Specifically dose exercises for tissue repair (mechanotherapy), local circulation, motor learning, coordination, endurance and strength training

• Design neck exercises related to specific muscle facilitation, body position and multiple resistance training

• Progress neck exercises for mobilization of Ts, ribs, cervical segments and neurovascular structures

• Design combined neck exercise for cervical and scapular stabilization training

• Create patient specific exercise progressions from post-surgical rehab, whiplash patients to high-level athletic training


Course Schedule

Day One

8:00 Introduction and Mobilizing Principles

9:00 Clinical Histology and Neurology

10:00 Work Physiology and Exercise Dosage

11:00 Lower Extremity Motor Control

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Coaching Motor Control

2:30 Muscle Line of Action and Motor

3:30 Tendinopathy and Eccentrics

5:00 Summary

Day Two

8:00 Exercise Progressions

9:30 Exercise for the Hip

10:30 Exercises for the Ankle

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Exercises for the Knee

3:00 Case Studies

5:00 Summary


Other STEP Courses

STEP-1: Shoulder and Elbow

STEP-2: Knee and Ankle

STEP-3: Hip and Pelvis

STEP-4: Lumbar and Thoracic Spine

STEP-5: Cervical Spine

STEP-6: Upper Cervical, TMJ, Ocular Systems

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