Archive for January, 2010

Mindfulness Returns to APTA Annual Conference

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

Last year we were fortunate to be able to share the broader of topic of "Complementary and Alternative Medicine in PT" at the 2009 APTA Annual conference. The program received high marks on the evaluations and was well attended. This initial success as summarized in this article paved the way for the following 2-day pre-conference course in Boston as detailed below and in the brochure



Mindfulness Applied to Manual Therapy and Therapeutic Exercise: A Qualitative Shift


    Tuesday, June 158:30 AM – 5:00 PM
(Course Level – Basic) – 1.40 CEUs


This course will address mindfulness, the essence of many of the other rehabilitation approaches. Several of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches sought by the general public will be discussed. The speakers will introduce the science of mindfulness, the evidence supporting it, and both the clinical applications and business promotional skills to succeed in the marketplace. Mindfulness is primarily a qualitative change to treatment and can be applied to any clinical intervention. The approach is transparent to the consumer, avoids offense, and yet it changes everything about the experience. This quality of relationship is why many patients/clients seek CAM practitioners instead of allopathic/traditional health care providers. If applied, the mindfulness approach will increase patient satisfaction and outcomes. Models for both one-on-one and group programming will be shared. Time will be split between one-on-one and experiential sessions. The programming is appropriate for business owners and administrative staff of cash-based wellness practices, and for senior level students, other practitioners, and educators.


Upon completion of this course, you’ll be able to: 1) Explain the historical background of and the science behind mindfulness approaches. 2) Justify the scientific rationale for the newfound interest in mindfulness approaches that has occurred in diverse health care settings. 3) Apply the research findings on mindfulness to the patient/client management, as well as to yourself. 4) Transform traditional therapeutic exercise and manual contact into a mindfulness-based experience to allow for immediate application in the clinic. 5) Assess case reports that are using scientific language describing mindfulness-enhanced interventions. 6) List clinical applications that might be enhanced using mindfulness-based enhancement. 7) Apply mindfulness in interactions with staff for improved outcomes and patient satisfaction.


We need your help in spreading the word so future programming is considered. Please email, tweet, FaceBook etc this page to everyone you think might have an interest or know of someone that might be able to better spread the news.


I've blogged earlier on the need for a qualitative shift in rehabilitation to complement the necessary and important process of practicing of gathering research in support of evidence-based care. 

Staffan and I are open to input from all of you on what would be helpful for yourself and your patients to present in this course? Comment below please.

Stay tuned and subscribe to the RSS below  for future entries here as well because I will be presenting a series titled "30-days to a More Mindful Rehabilitation Practice".


Rehab Professionals and the Wellness Industry: Where Do We Belong?

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

When it comes to fitness and wellness, I'm afraid most rehab professionals too easily step into the ruts of the industry rather than consider "What might be?".

I was fortunate enough to be thrust into the wellness arena the first year of my professional rehab career. The US Army was big into the new buzz word of 1982: Corporate Fitness.   OUCH…some one is getting old and hopefully for those of you new to wellness you get some perspective on how "Un-new" wellness in the workplace really is!

What disappoints me is that almost every article on rehab and wellness gravitates to the same old models of flexibility assessment, posture screens, standard ergonomic assessment….YAWN! Is that the best we can do?

So what should we be doing? CREATING SOMETHING NEW & BETTER!

At the AZAPTA Fall Conference in 2009 the theme was wellness and fitness. Here is the short one page position paper I distributed articulating a call for us to step forward to LEAD a true biopsychosocial revolution in fitness. Click here to read. 

Here a couple of things I am creating:




What are you doing to bring forward new programming in fitness and wellness that we weren't doing 10, 15 or 20 years ago? 

Let me know…we can and MUST do better than what is out there now!