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The notion that the body/person has self-recovery capacity is an underlying principle in many manual and physical therapies disciplines. The capacity of the body/person to self-heal is also the premise of a Process Approach.
The aim of this approach is to identify the dominant recovery processes and to co-create with the patient environments that support these intrinsic processes.
These environments are a combination of manual treatment, exercise, daily movement and management in the psycho-social sphere. The management focuses on three body/person processes associated with recovery: repair, adaptation and alleviation of symptoms. This is in contrast to the traditional Structural model in manual and physical therapies where it is believed that recovery, prevention of injury and even well-being can be achieved by creating ideal, optimal biomechanical conditions.
A Process Approach is a viable and practical development from the structural model in manual and physical therapies. It has important implications for clinical management, the role of therapist, the manual techniques used, the exercises prescribed and patient self-care management. These implications will be discussed and debated during the lecture.
The practical sessions will be a combination of group work that will explore management of different conditions using this revolutionary approach. Participants will be introduced to, and be able to practise, new manual approaches to expand their scope of practice. Contents: 50% practical, 50% theoretical.
- Understanding the principles of the Process Approach and clinical applications /management considerations
- Understanding the limitations of the Structural Model in manual and physical therapies
- Understanding the three recovery processes
- Understanding recovery behaviour
- Exploring obstacles to recovery
- Co-creating environment for repair: management including techniques and self-care
- Co-creating environment for adaptation: management including techniques and self-care
- Co-creating environment for alleviating symptoms: management including techniques and self-care
- The multidimensional management: working in the tissue, neurological and psychological dimensions
- Principles of self-care