Lumbar Motor Control – Australian Evidence Based Approach

November 16, 2016 5:00-8:30 pm
WCU Health & Human Sciences Building, Room 229
Continuing Competence Contact Hours: 3 

Early Registration- $50
Late Registration- $65 (after November 11)

Register for both Lumbar and Cervical Courses:
Early Registration- $80
Late Registration- $95 (after November 11)


Course Description

This lab-intensive course focuses on key aspects of core motor control and balance for individuals with low back pain. Attendees will learn techniques for core muscle palpation, identification of muscle substitutions, and a process for identifying individuals who will best benefit from a core exercise program. Application of contemporary research for exercise prescription and progression will be complemented by demonstration of optimal cueing and educational strategies.


Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants


Upon completion of this educational course, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate techniques for diagnosing musculoskeletal instability and identifying individuals who will benefit from deep stabilizer core exercises.
  2. Demonstrate palpation of local and global spinal muscle systems while providing correct cueing techniques.
  3. Identify appropriate exercises to retrain and restore static and dynamic control of deep spinal stabilizers.
  4. Demonstrate proper exercise instruction for local and global muscles and breathing control.


5:00-6:00 Lumbar stabilization lecture
6:00-6:30 Lumbar stabilization lab*
6:30-7:00 Break
7:00-8:30 Lumbar stabilization lab
*Participants should wear comfortable lab clothing


Kate Hoppensteadt, MSPT, ManipPhysio, COMT Kate is a clinician, educator and private practice owner with 17 years of clinical experience. Her expertise includes management of chronic back pain, headaches, whiplash injuries, dizziness, and TMD. She is a certified orthopedic manual therapist and earned her M.S. in Manipulative Physiotherapy from the University of Australia in Sydney after receiving her MPT from Western Carolina University. Kate has been a Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (MAPS) instructor since 2004, and has presented at MAPS Symposiums on spine stabilization and cervicogenic dizziness. More recently, she contributed to development of the upper cervical dysfunction course for MAPS. She incorporates an eclectic approach to her practice and her teaching combining philosophies of Maitland, McKenzie, Hodges, Mulligan, Jull, and McConnell. 

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