It’s no secret that regular exercise and general physical activity are key components in the prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases. Gone are the days where passive treatment meets the mark; the rise of opioid abuse has jolted the medical community into limiting the prescription of medications or injections to treat pain. Chiropractors have especially taken notice of the ‘exercise is medicine’ movement and are building their practices beyond the traditional scope of chiropractic to support the wellness needs of their patients.

“As a chiropractor I feel it’s my responsibility to encourage patients to be able to maintain their strength, maintain their flexibility and maintain the correct body weight and body mass,” said Dr. Jeffrey Tucker, a chiropractor based in Los Angeles.

A massive factor in wellness often manifests itself in the prescription of corrective and rehabilitative exercise. While this is commonly thought to be the responsibility of physical therapists, some chiropractors have become savvy in the implementation of rehabilitation programs to complement the services they offer. Whether the goal of the program is improved posture, flexibility or weight loss, performing controlled and progressive exercise helps reinforce the benefits of the chiropractic adjustment and acts as a natural healing process for the muscles and joints.

How to improve rehabilitation skills in chiropractic

The problem becomes the breadth of rehabilitation; how can you possibly know what tools and methods are out there to use, let alone how to implement them? If you’re in the business of sharpening your rehabilitation skills, learning from experts in a controlled environment is an excellent way to dive into the possibilities (and getting CEU credits sure doesn’t hurt either!). Performance Health has launched its new Performance Health Rehab Specialist Certification course, where you’ll learn the most relevant, cutting-edge rehab secrets from qualified chiropractors like Dr. Tucker.

This brand new curriculum is designed specifically for chiropractors interested in serving sports medicine, rehabilitation, health, and fitness patients. Throughout the modules, you’ll learn the best in the examination, assessment, motions, and routines that really make a difference in treating challenging cases. Chiropractors can also be confident they will walk away knowing the latest trends in interpretation of functional movement tests and outcomes, group fitness, time-efficient treatments, effective muscle balancing techniques, bodyweight and band workout methods, obesity, chronic pain, healthy aging and other innovative methods to enhance treatment and recovery.

Did you really think we’d forget about practice-building? While you’re learning about innovative rehabilitation tools like TheraBand CLX elastic resistance and TheraBand Kinesiology Tape, you’ll learn how to recognize that everything from your reception desk to check out is an opportunity to educate your patients and grow your practice through clinical retailing.

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Performance Health Rehab Specialist Certification curriculum

Spanning over the course of three weekends, the Rehab Specialist Certification course also offers 36 credit hours towards the DACRB requirements. We encourage you to participate in the certification in its entirety; but if you can only attend one course, we welcome you to take advantage of whichever module you can!

Module 1 will cover:

  • Introduction to Active Care model
  • Define key outcome assessment tools (OAT)
  • Movement Assessments / Mobility and Stability
  • Exercise sequencing and progression
  • Kinesiology taping concepts
  • POLITE: Plan, Optimal Loading, Instruments, Tape, Exercise
  • The business of rehab
  • Performance Health Edge™

Module 2 will cover:

  • The patient evaluation process from head to toe
  • Defining Diagnosis/Exercise Interventions/ Taping (DET)
  • Upper body assessment with DET
  • Lower body assessment with DET
  • Posterior chain re-programming
  • Upper-crossed syndrome “key eight” with DET

Module 3 will cover

  • Specific to upper and lower extremity evaluation (OAT)
  • Bunkie tests evaluation for functional core
  • Anterior and posterior chain with DET
  • Key conditions affecting upper and lower extremities with DET
  • Key concerns affecting special populations
  • Posture assessment and importance

The Performance Health Rehab Specialist Certification course is kicking off in California next month! The modules will be held on the campus of Southern California University of Health Sciences on:

  • Module 1: May 6-7
  • Module 2: July 22-23
  • Module 3: September 23-24

Visit the course site to view upcoming dates and locations, and subscribe to the Performance Health Academy to get notified when new courses are scheduled across the country!

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