Hybrid Online – Mirror Therapy and Graded Motor Imagery: An Introduction to Retraining the Brain
Hybrid Online Course: What do you do when you think you have effectively treated a patient and they come back in two weeks with the same symptoms? As clinicians, we see patients who are fearful of moving or resist moving their injured extremity; they continue to have pain after the tissue has healed and they aren’t improving with our treatment of peripheral symptoms. What can we do to help them? Recent neuroscientific evidence has determined that these patients may have central sensitization or brain changes that inhibits them from moving and continues the dysfunctional pain cycle. We can address these problems by understanding the brain changes that occur with central sensitization and developing a top-down treatment program. Research shows that using mirror therapy and graded motor imagery can cause the brain to reorganize.
This 8 contact hour online course consists of self-study recorded lectures and demonstrations, independent lab assignments and review of individual case studies. These recordings must be completed prior to the scheduled time for the live-online meeting with the instructor, which focuses on case studies and clinical reasoning. Therapeutic intervention that helps change the brain or cortical reorganization will be discussed at length. At the completion of this course the learner will have developed skills to take back to the clinic for immediate utilization.
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Program subject to change. This course content is not intended for use by any participants outside the scope of their license or regulation.
After completing this module, participants will be able to:
- Understand both peripheral treatment and central treatment for both musculoskeletal and neurological consequences of injury.
- Identify 2 cortical changes that occur because of persistent pain
- Identify the practical applications of mirror therapy and graded motor imagery.
- Recognize 2 theories on the evidence that reveals that mirror therapy is effective in improving movement during persistent pain.
- Recognize 3 home strategies for clinical and use of mirror therapy and graded motor imagery.
8 contact hours
Regulations for self-study courses vary by state and profession. If you are taking this course for CE credits required for licensure, please contact your licensing board to confirm acceptance of this online course prior to registering. Courses must be relevant to your field of practice.
This course is accepted by many professional credentialing organizations and state professional regulatory boards. Rules and regulations change frequently without notification, and apply differently to live and online courses. Please check with your state board to confirm accuracy of this list and acceptance of contact hours. Certificate of Attendance will be issued to all participants upon completion of the course and post-test and may be used for CEU verification of credits. CE credits vary by state. Please check with your state board/certifying agency to confirm conversion of contact hours to CE. See links below.
Physical Therapy Board of California: The Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes Rehab Education, LLC as an approval agency to approve providers offering continuing competency courses for CA licensed PTs and PTAs. This course is approved for 8 contact hours.
Illinois State Board of Physical Therapy: Approved CE Sponsor by Illinois State Board of Physical Therapy, Division of Professional Regulations, Approval #216.000227. (Course must be taken prior to 09-30-2022)
NY State Physical Therapy Board: Rehab Education, LLC is recognized as an approved provider of PT and PTA continuing education by the NY State Education Department Board of Physical Therapy. (Course must be taken prior to 05-10-2022)
These states currently recognize AOTA Approved Providers for OT continuing education either in regulatory language or by formal written communication to AOTA:
District of Columbia
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District of Columbia
*NBCOT…National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (view PDU requirements)
+HTCC… Hand Therapy Certification Commission (view recertification requirements)
Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC): This course is accepted by HTCC towards re-certification.
Susan W. Stralka, PT, DPT, MS
is a licensed Physical Therapist with over 40 years of clinical practice treating difficult pain syndromes, entrapment neuropathies and other musculoskeletal and neurological injuries. She graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN with a Masters Degree and then a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Dr. Stralka and two other colleagues wrote the first examination for the Orthopedic Specialty Certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy. She serves on the nomination committee for The Academy of Hand and Upper Extremity of the American Physical Therapy Association.
She has many publications to her credit and the two most recent were Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (2019) in Fundamentals of Hand Therapy, 3rd edition and Graded Motor Imagery in the last edition of Rehabilitation of the Hand in 2018.
Dr. Stralka has presented many courses to physicians and other health care individuals. She lectures both nationally and internationally. In December 2019 she lectured in Malmo, Sweden for the Hand and Upper Extremity Post graduate courses, and at the International Federation Society of Hand Therapist in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Dr. Stralka has received numerous honors throughout her career and was the recipient of the Dorothy B. Kaufmann Lectureship Award by the Philadelphia Hand Rehabilitation Foundation. In 2016, she was one of the recipients of the Honored Professors Award at the Philadelphia Hand Symposium. In 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2019 she had the privilege of seeing patients, lecturing and working with Dr. Birgitta Rosen OT, PhD at the Skane University Hospital in Malmo, Sweden. Susan continues to work part-time seeing patients, lecturing and teaching webinars.
Classes taught by Susan W. Stralka: