Thursday, October 31, 2013

Musculoskeletal Pain Syndromes: The Janda Approach

Hayashida  & Associates Physical Therapy, Inc. hosted a great 2-day lab intensive workshop with Clare Frank, DPT, MS, OCS, FAAOMPT.  This course introduced the theory, research, and concepts of Czech physician, Dr. Vladimir Janda (1928-2002).  Dr. Janda pioneered the concept of muscle imbalance syndromes, and developed a systematic evaluation and treatment approach to musculoskeletal pain syndromes.  Hayashida & Associates Physical Therapists attended this workshop which provided the scientific evidence to support the role of muscular imbalance in the pathogenesis of musculoskeletal pain. With functional pathologies, the actual cause of pain is rarely at the site of pain.  A systematic evaluation helps clinicians quickly determine the cause of pain to initiate specific treatment using a variety of techniques. Dr. Janda developed a specific proprioceptive exercise program, Sensorimotor Training (SMT), using inexpensive exercise equipment ideal for clinical or home exercise programs.  This course has helped the clinicians at Hayashida & Associates Physical Therapy broaden their knowledge base in order to provide the most current physical therapy in the Santa Barbara area.

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