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Tai Chi as Rehabilitative Exercise
Applications to Spine, Ortho & Seniors
Course Description

Tai Chi is more than a martial art or a moving meditation; it is a sophisticated movement system that has great potential for application to a rehab setting. In this fun and interactive course we will begin by breaking down and simplifying tai chi movements into grounding & balancing stances, stepping motions and upper extremity organization. We'll then put it all together in ways that integrate and optimize relationships between the upper and lower body. You will experience movement, as well as observe and analyze tai chi modifications, then discuss clinical relevance and application to a wide variety of rehabrelated conditions. Topics include:

  • Lumbar stabilization, knee alignment & joint replacements
  • Balance improvement, gait facilitation & fall prevention
  • Pelvic balancing, thoracic mobilization & cervical stabilization
  • Glenohumeral impingement & scapular dyskinesia
  • Ortho, neuro & geriatric applications

We will also discuss and demonstrate the importance of Pattern Specificity, making exercise more informational by making it resemble the motor behavior we are trying to influence, and investigate the differences between Static and Dynamic Integrated Movement Principles. Come spend the day with us, we�ll get up out of our chairs and move; you'll never look at movement and exercise the same again!

CEUs & State Approvals

This course is worth 8 hours/CEUs/points and is automatically recognized in Washington, Oregon & the NBCOT as it has been approved by other peer reviewed, state boards & associations.

Course Objectives
At the completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
  • Define Global and Differentiated movement relationships and give one example of each relationship for: knee-hip, hip-lumbar, thorax-neck, scapular-humeral & humeral-forearm.
  • List the two main differences between Static & Dynamic Integration Principles.
  • Define the difference between "grounding & balancing" stances and give two examples of each.
  • Demonstrate basic proficiency in three rotational/weight shifting movements and list benefits for: lumbar stabilization, hip/knee replacements & balance/fall prevention.
  • Explain the relevance of the phrase "proximal mobility & distal stability" in the lower extremity system and list benefits for foot, ankle or knee conditions.
  • Define the terms "high horizon & weight under-side" and list benefits for cervical, gleno-humeral and shoulder girdle health.
  • Cite three research articles that advocate tai chi benefits for balance, fall prevention and frailty reduction in seniors.
About the Instructors

Gordon Browne is a Physical Therapist with 25+ years of clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics and manual therapy. With a lifelong passion for movement, he has modified and medically articulated the clinical use of various integrated movement systems; the Feldenkrais Method®, Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi. Lecturer for 15+ years and author of two books; "A Manual Therapist's Guide to Movement" and "Outsmarting Low Back Pain".

Course Outline
Lab sessions include experiential movement, partner observations, facilitation techniques, modifications and discussion of clinical relevance.
7:45-Sign In & Snacks

8:00-8:30-Introduction to Integrated Movement Principles
  • Exercise Paradigms: Isolate or Integrate?
  • Types of Integrated Movement/Exercise: Static & Dynamic
  • Principles of Optimal Movement/Posture
8:30-10:00-Lab I: Tai Chi Stances
  • Grounding & Balancing Stances: Skeletal Weight Bearing
  • Centering the Feet & Aligning the Knees: Balance & Fall Prevention
  • Stabilizing the Pelvis & Lengthening the Low Back
10:00-10:15-Morning Break

10:15-12:15-Lab II: Tai Chi Arm Positions & Movements
  • Ladies Hands: Minimizing Unnecessary Effort
  • Dynamic Scapular Stabilization & Integrating the Arm
  • Gleno-Humeral, Elbow, Forearm & Hand Benefits
12:15-1:15-Lunch on your own

1:15-3:15-Lab III: Tai Chi Turns & Steps
  • Hip Rotation Mobility & Control: Total Hip, FAI & Labrum
  • Lumbar Stabilization, Balance & Fall Prevention
  • Controlling Knee Valgus, Varus & Rotation: Knee Injuries, Patella & TKR
3:15-3:30-Afternoon Break

3:30-5:15-Lab IV: Putting it Together-Integrating Upper & Lower Body
  • Arms & Head Moving as Extension of Dynamic vs Relative to Static Torso
  • Appropriate Distribution of Movement & Proportional Use of Synergists
  • Training & Balancing Pelvic Force Couples: Associating with Intentional Arms
5:15-5:30-Wrap Up & Bonus Material
  • Toys & Tools: Staff, Sword & Straps
  • Review & Reinforcement of Course Objectives
  • Questions & Answers

Everything was great! Loved the hands on participation
Outstanding class! Instructor was knowledgeable, friendly & easy to understand.
I loved the ability to get up & learn/practice the exercises. Very applicable to rehab setting
Great new ways to improve mobility/function.
Putting it all together at the end of the day was awesome!
Fun & interactive course. Great content, practicum and refreshments!
Presenters were excellent, thorough & entertaining.
Great information to improve balance.
Loved the lab�great hands on experience.
Thank you, I will use this information both personally and in practice!

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Therapeutic Movement Seminars

24504 SE 246th Street
Maple Valley, WA 98038

Phone: 206-930-9204