Sub-classification & Clinical Prediction Rules for Neuromuscular Rehab


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Endroit où se déroule le cours

Clinique Physioactif Laval

3224 avenue Jean Béraud, Bureau 220
Laval, Québec, H7T 2S4

Date du cours

21 février de 8h00 à 13h00


150$ +taxes

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Course Description

The common problem: a client presents with multi-factorial pain, recurrent or ongoing, and has not responded to various forms of treatment from various practitioners.
What can we do to help?

Current sub-classification and rehabilitation strategies do not address the diverse range of motor, sensory, neurological, cognitive (learning and psychological) and psychosocial problems that clients present with. In this very informative module we present the need for more specific sub-classification as evidenced from the research. We then build on this to present our five category diagnostic sub-classification approach. This includes diagnosing (1) patho-anatomical (2) motor function

(3) pain mechanisms (4) psychosocial factors and (5) CNS coordination, each of which will make up the overall picture in the client to a greater or lesser extent.

Clinical prediction rules are presented to help you with the diagnosis and rehabilitation of each sub-classification. This clearly identifies which individual should receive what therapy. Each sub-classification is described in detail making diagnosis of each straight forward, with an easy to use decision tree to show which sub-classification is the rehab priority. The Functional Performance Evaluation© is then discussed which provides a clinical problem solving strategy to allow you to identify the client’s functional requirements and design an exercise program specific to match their needs.

The relevant physiology required to understand motor control rehabilitation is covered along with the concepts of graded exercise therapy. The importance of understanding the learning process, learning styles and neuroplasticity for motor control training are highlighted along with appropriate strategies we can apply clinically.

This course will allow you to start using the evidence based clinical reasoning, the sub-classification process and clinical prediction rules for your rehab of clients right away.

This is an evidence based course.


After the course the participant will be able to:

  • Utilize clinical prediction rules for making five types of sub-classification and choosing the right rehabilitation strategies.
  • Prescribe functional exercise programs with the Functional Performance Evaluation©.
  • Appreciate the importance of assessing movement patterns, sensory motor function and the nervous system.
  • Be aware of the normal time frames for rehabilitation and factors that influence this.
  • Understand the clinical reasoning process and how to apply evidence based practice.
  • Apply the relevant physiology and learning strategies for motor control rehabilitation.
  • Use our universal problem solving model for prescribing and progressing exercise.



Sean Gibbons graduated from Manchester University in 1995. He has been rehabilitating movement patterns for over 20 years. He researched and developed numerous advances to the cognitive control of movement including which postural and primitive reflexes influence move- ment and key aspects neurodevelopment. His PhD was on the development of a prescriptive clinical prediction rule for specific motor control exercises in low back pain. 

Key new sub-classifications were identified: Neurological Factors, which are related to poor movement and the ability to learn; Midline as a sensory system which is critical to Body Image Pain; and Neuro-Im- mune dysregulation, which is critical for Central Sensitization and Psychosocial Factors. His current work involves further researching the sub-classification model. His dissection and research into psoas major, gluteus maximus and other muscles has led to the development of new rehabilitation options. He has presented his research at national and international confe- rences and has several journal publications and book chapters. 

He is an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) at McMaster's Advanced Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal / Manipulative Physiotherapy specialization and lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University's Masters in Advanced Physiotherapy program.