Analysis and Retraining of Upper Limb Function:
An introduction (online)
Is there evidence to support the routine use of functional electrical stimulation (FES) after stroke to reduce shoulder subluxation and elicit muscle recovery?
Is there evidence to support the use of prolonged low-load stretches or splints for the prevention of muscle contracture after stroke?
What evidence is there for eliciting muscle activity in paralysed muscles?
This online workshop is shorter than the 3-day face-to-face workshop, and helps therapists to minimise upper limb impairments post-stroke, and increase engagement in activities.
Workshop notes and content are based on published research and movement science/motor relearning.
The ONLINE workshop is typically run over 3 sessions (3 x 4 hours) and accepts up to 30 registrants
There are no live clinical sessions with stroke survivors, unlike the 3-day face-to-face workshops (although this can be organised if required by a host organisation, with local volunteer stroke survivors).
Target audience The online workshop will be of interest to occupational therapists and physiotherapists from hospital and community-based settings as well as allied health assistants, who teach adults following stroke and acquired brain impairment, and university lecturers. The workshop focuses on upper limb rehabilitation post-stroke. Pre-reading and homework will be provided in advance to participants
At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
the essential components of reach, grasp and manipulation.
common compensations when observing when observing stroke survivors attempting to reach, grasp and manipulate objects.
compensatory strategies, kinematic deviations and effort during upper limb assessment and retraining.
Plan and conduct
an assessment and retraining session with a stroke survivor using motor learning principles and task-specific practice.
an electrical stimulation machine to stimulate paralysed muscles.
references supporting the use of task-specific training, strength training, constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT), mental practice, electrical stimulation and mirror therapy for improving motor recovery and coordination.
Dr Annie McCluskey
Occupational therapist, health services researcher and educator. She has 30+ years experience in stroke and brain injury rehabilitation.
Occupational therapist, clinician researcher and educator. Lauren has 15+ years experience in stroke and brain injury rehabilitation in Australia and the UK
Dr Emma Schneider
Occupational therapist, clinician researcher and educator. Emma has 15+ years experience in stroke and brain injury rehabilitation in Australia and the USA
Movement Analysis, 4-hrs:
Examples of features to observe when a person reaches to grasp and manipulate objects such as a cup or cutlery. Common compensations or kinematic deviations will be highlighted due to weakness and/or loss of coordination, using slow motion video analysis.
Retraining for People who are Very Weak, 4-hrs:
Examples of strength and task-specific training of the shoulder, arm and hand, which stroke survivors can practice independently including shoulder protraction, forward flexion, external rotation, wrist and finger extension, supination and thumb abduction. Interventions for eliciting movement will include mirror therapy, mental practice and electrical stimulation. Emphasis will be placed on semi-supervised and independent practice, enabling up to 300 repetitions per hour without manual guidance. Evidence will be presented supporting each intervention.
Retraining Advanced Hand Coordination, 4-hrs:
Examples will be presented targeting tasks of importance to stroke survivors including cutlery use, handwriting and haircare. Interventions will include task-specific training, mirror therapy, electrical stimulation, mental practice and constraint-induced movement therapy. Evidence will be presented supporting each intervention.