WELLNESS & HOLISTIC PT (12 hrs for PTs)
To open this 12 credit hour continuing education seminar, we apply wellness to the APTA Patient/Client Management Model. We demonstrate how a physical therapist can examine physical activity wellness and body composition wellness as well as screen medical wellness (including nicotine dependence and alcohol abuse), nutritional wellness and mental and social wellness. We explain how to best utilize the results of the wellness examination to determine realistic outcomes / goals and design an appropriate intervention plan. Included in this skill set is the ability to discern the clinical indications to refer a patient to another discipline and possibly even discontinue physical therapy.
During the next component of the seminar, we examine the "component" models of wellness and the Model of Life Wellness (MLW). We then discuss Motivational Interviewing and explore the Change Model (including the stages of incognizance, pre-contemplation, contemplation, recognition, preparation / planning, action, maintenance and permanent maintenance - as well as the concepts of lapse and relapse). We next apply the Model of Life Wellness, Motivational Interviewing, and the Change Model in case scenarios.
During the next section of the seminar, we examine the three components of APTA's PT Scope of Practice: Jurisdictional, Professional and Personal. We move on to compare mainstream and non-mainstream medicine and how traditional physical therapy and complementary / alternative medicine (CAM) interventions fit into the big picture.
After reviewing the basics of nutrition and "mainstream" nutrition (including meat-based diets) we delve into Biology Based CAM. We explore plant-based nutrition, including why it is increasing in popularity. We also explore herbal medicines including moxibustion, medical marijuana, CBD and common herbal supplements. We then explore an array of Body-Based CAMs (including Acupuncture, Acupressure, Cupping for myofascial release (CMR), Hijama / Cupping (with fire), Cupping Massage (CM), Gua sha (aka scraping) and Trigger Point), We then explore an array of Mind-Body Connection CAMs including Yoga, Qigong and Tai Chi. We also explore Pilates and the intervention of "quality sleep." During our journey of CAMs, we examine research that supports and research that refutes the efficacy of each of these CAM interventions and differentiate those that are within the PT Scope of Practice (eg CMR) and those that are not (eg Cupping with fire). Woven throughout this section, we discuss how physical therapists can appropriately utilize CAM in their daily practice and provide more holistic care to their patients.
Throughout the seminar, we provide the opportunity for clinicians to explore and enhance their own self-wellness - and thus serve as a positive wellness role model to their patients and community. In other words, “walk the talk.”
Material presented is research based and all references are provided.