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Thursday, May 26 • 08:00 - 09:00
Neurological physiotherapy - A motor relearning perspective

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Physiotherapy is a vital part of the rehabilitation of humans with neurological conditions, often commencing in ICU and continuing for many months after discharge from hospital. Human physiotherapy techniques are based on research into sensorimotor systems, motor relearning, neuroplasticity and functional outcomes. Many of the foundational studies in the human evidence base used experimental animal models, leading some to ask if the techniques would translate to the rehabilitation of pet dogs and cats. This lecture will introduce key concepts and outline the sequence of motor relearning from passive range of motion and sensory awareness, through bed mobility, transitions, static balance and dynamic balance, to gait re-education and advanced rehabilitation. Case studies will be used to demonstrate the practical application of the specific techniques described with the aim that attendees will feel confident to apply safe, effective rehabilitation techniques to their caseload upon return to work.


Dr Helen Nicholson

Dr Helen Nicholson was one of the pioneers of animal physiotherapy in Australia, being part of the first class to go through the Masters of Animal Studies (Animal Physiotherapy) program at the University of Queensland in 2004 after first forging a career in animal physiotherapy in... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 08:00 - 09:00 ACST
Hall L Adelaide Convention Centre