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Evidence based McConnell approach to chronic knee problems

This workshop will teach you the only patellofemoral program demonstrating evidence based practice after an exhaustive double blind placebo controlled clinical trial. In the workshop you will learn assessment skills and treatment strategies to address patellofemoral pain, patellar tendinosis, fat pad irritation, illiotibial friction syndrome, recurrent subluxation, pes anserinus bursitis, chondromalacia and osteoarthritis of the tibiofemoral and patellofemoral joints.

At the completion of the course you will be able to:

  • assess the static and dynamic alignment of the lower limb in relation to how it affects the knee as well as assessing the alignment of the patella.
  • evaluate quadriceps and gluteal control.
  • evaluate the integrity of the lateral structures.
  • tape to correct patellar alignment and decrease symptoms of fat pad irritation and patellar tendinosis, as well as osteoarthritis, illiotibial friction syndrome and subluxation.
  • design a home exercise program.
  • use surface EMG for neuro-muscular re-education.

McConnell approach to the lower extremity

The lower extremity program is designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of biomechanical and manual therapy principles for the treatment of lower extremity overuse conditions.

Course participants will explore the intricacies and interaction of the entire lower extremity through lecture and lab sessions. Learn to assess and manage common overuse pathology of the hip, distal lower leg and foot.

At the completion of the course you will be able to:

  • perform a static and dynamic examination of the lower extremity
  • correlate assessment findings to lower extremity pathology such as trochanteric bursitis, anterior hip impingement, hallux valgus, achilles tendonitis, shin splints and chronic muscle strains.
  • modify the position of the hip and foot through taping.
  • improve lower extremity motor control through mobilization, taping and dynamic training techniques.
  • understand and apply specific motor control exercises for training of the lower extremity.
  • focus on a home program for patients

McConnell approach to the problem shoulder

Learn how the static and dynamic posture of the upper extremity may contribute to the patient's signs and symptoms at the shoulder. This program includes a review of shoulder biomechanics and will examine the influence of thoracic spine stiffness, muscle tightness and muscle control problems on shoulder girdle movement. Numerous intervention strategies will be discussed.

There is an extensive lab component teaching Jenny McConnell's shoulder taping and muscle training techniques. Learn treatment strategies to address impingement, frozen shoulder, anterior translation of the humeral head, and multi-directional instability.

At the completion of the course you will be able to:

  • discuss ideal shoulder posture and muscle function.
  • evaluate glenohumeral position and thoracic spine stiffness.
  • mobilize a stiff thoracic spine.
  • learn methods of activating the lower and middle fibers of trapezius, infraspinitus and teres minor, and posterior deltoid,
  • tape to attain more appropriate alignment of the shoulder and unload painful structures.
  • use surface EMG for neuro-muscular re-education.
  • design a home exercise program.

McConnell approach to chronic low back and leg pain

Are you frustrated by the low back and leg pain patients who seem to get worse with treatment? Is there something else you can do? The answer is most definitely.

The aim of this workshop is to:

  • present some background hypotheses as to why certain individuals with chronic low back and leg pain do not respond to treatment,
  • develop skills in static and dynamic lower extremity, pelvic and lumbar spine biomechanical and gait assessment.
  • give therapists some strategies to identify these individuals so they can implement more appropriate treatment techniques.
  • demonstrate how to unload chronic low back and leg symptoms, to minimise/eliminate symptoms therapist
  • use surface EMG for neuro-muscular re-education for specific training of the stabilising muscles
  • provide simple strategies a therapist can give to a patient to empower the patient to self manage.


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