In this two part series, Jackie Shakar, DPT, MS, OCS, LAT, describes a multimodal intervention approach to the sensitive nervous system. The intervention incorporates Graston Technique, pain neuroscience education, and a neurodevelopmental approach to movement re-education. In Part 2 of the series, Dr. Shakar discusses and demonstrates evidence-based interventions for patients with a sensitive nervous system. The main intervention approach for this population described in this course is manual therapy via the Graston Technique. Participants will be shown how to alter basic strokes and dosage parameters when treating patients with sensitive nervous systems. Alternative interventions such as aerobic exercise, sleep hygiene, stress management, relaxation, meditation, yoga, affirmations/positive thinking, and joy/laughter will also be discussed.
Jackie has been a physical therapist for over 25 years and is a true icon in the field. She has presented at many national conferences, colleges and universities. She received her Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University and completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Mass General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. Jackie is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist by the APTA and she is a full time professor in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at Mount Wachusett Community College. Jackie is a Graston Technique® primary instructor and teaches nationally. She is one of New England’s only certified PRRT providers. Therapists throughout New England refer clients to her for second opinions and consultations. In her spare time, Jackie is a competitive runner who is well known regionally and has won far too many road races to count. She competes annually in the Mount Washington Road Race where she frequently finishes atop her age group. Jackie resides in Sutton.
The first chapter of this course, Dr. Shakar will identify the proposed and empirically valid mechanisms and physiological effects of manual therapy, including the effects and benefits of the Graston Technique (GT), and modifications for GT in this patient population.
The second chapter of this course explores additional interventions for participants to consider when treating patients with sensitive nervous systems. The chapter begins by identifying effective therapeutic exercises for this patient population, and concludes with a discussion of complimentary interventions, including relaxation, meditation, and related techniques.