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Optimising Movement Patterns In People With Lower Limb Amputations


Dates: 18th - 19th September and 23rd October 2020.

Tutor: Louise Tisdale

Venue: Pace Rehabilitation Limited, Amersham, UK


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We are pleased to announce a new date for this rehab course. The main objective of the course is to enable therapists to identify movement patterns, particularly the loss of movement choice, and relate this to function (gait in particular), and pain.


This practically orientated course will help you to plan and apply a retraining programme for these patients. The practical sessions will focus on relating pain and gait-related issues to altered movement control.


The course will be taught by Louise Tisdale, who works for the NHS in the UK. Louise works in the Royal Wolverhampton Trust Amputee Rehabilitation Service as a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in amputee rehabilitation and is responsible for the delivery of Physiotherapy to patients who have or who will undergo lower limb amputation for a variety of aetiologies.


Qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1992, the majority of her career has been spent working in musculoskeletal outpatient physiotherapy, as a clinician and as a manager with a clinical caseload. She has worked closely with Sarah Mottram to shape this course and enable clinicians to provide targeted interventions for long term healthy movement.


Although attended by many therapists working in the musculoskeletal & rehab fields, Kinetic Control courses are also suitable for those working in paediatrics, neurology, gerontology and all areas within physiotherapy.


Key areas to be explored:

  • Common disabilities of gait related to movement patterns, particularly loss of movement choices

  • How to use a systematic and logical approach to identifying and correcting these patterns

  • The assessment as a tool to design a retraining strategy & prescriptive exercise programme

  • Practical application of assessment and retraining

  • The consequences of restrictions (including prostheses)

  • How pain relates to these movement patterns

  • How to assess for risk (e.g. pre-prosthetic assessment)


Key concepts:

  • Exploring the loss of movement choices and movement patterns and relating this to function, gait and symptoms

  • The concepts of loss of movement choices:

  • Muscle classification and functional anatomy

  • Recruitment & recruitment inefficiency

  • Restriction and compensation / relative flexibility

  • The neutral training region

  • Gait review / relating gait issues movement pattern


What attendees said:


"I felt like I was walking more smoothly and it helped to stabilise my hip"

A patient, who has continued using the exercises taught on Day 1


"A great framework where abs and glutes are king! (and so much more)"

A Course Attendee




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