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    Thermal and Mechanical Electrophysical Agents Why, When, Where and How

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    Add to Calendar 08/03/2019 09:00 AM 08/03/2019 02:00 PM America/Chicago Thermal and Mechanical Electrophysical Agents Why, When, Where and How Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Pensacola/Gulf Breeze
    Phone: 850-916-8886
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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Occupational Therapist
    • Certified Occupational Therapy Asst
    • Physical Therapist
    • Physical Therapy Asst
    • Chiropractor
    • Nurse

Course Description

There are two ways to participate: in the LIVE STUDIO audience in Gulf Breeze, Florida or via LIVE STREAM around the world. Live stream participants will login to access the event from their computer and interact with the instructor. Studio audience seats are limited - so register today!
Please contact our office if you have any questions. 850-916-8886.
Course begins: 9:00 AM Central (10:00 AM Eastern; 9:00 AM Mountain; 7:00 AM Pacific)

Electrophysical agents (EPAs), used in conjunction with other therapeutic interventions, has long been established in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation for the management of soft tissue pathology. EPAs are classified into four categories: thermal, mechanical, electrical and electromagnetic. Over the past few years, a controversy as emerged related to the usage of some EPAs. Consequently, many therapists, today, questioned whether or not they should continue, decrease, or simply abandoned, the use of some EPAs. What should you do? This evidence-based course is dedicated to the use of thermal and mechanical agents. It answers the following fundamental questions. Why should thermal and mechanical agents be part of your arsenal of therapeutic interventions for the management of soft tissue conditions? When should they be used during the course of therapeutic management? Where, or for which indications, should they be utilized? How should they be used in order to get maximum therapeutic effectiveness? This course, taught by a renowned author and expert in the field of therapeutic electrophysical agents, will provide you with the answers you are looking for as regard to what you should do in order to obtain maximal efficacy and effectiveness from thermal and mechanical electrophysical agents in your clinics.

Course Level: Intermediate

Assessment Methods: Q&A, Self-Assessment on Evaluation
For events that are Live Streamed, the streaming participants will verify attendance through codes given throughout course and complete a multiple choice quiz (80% passing score) and evaluation at the end

AOTA Classification Codes:
OT Process: Intervention

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • discuss the controversy related to the use of therapeutic electrophysical agents
  • explain why thermal and mechanical agents enhance soft tissue healing
  • determine when to best use these categories of EPAs
  • Identify where, or for which indications, these EPAs should be used
  • Identify how EPAS should be used to maximize therapeutic effectiveness
  • apply clinical decision making for the use of these thermal and mechanical agents

Alain-Yvan Belanger

Alain-Yvan Belanger, BSc, MSc, PhD, PT is now a retired Professor from the Department of Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy program, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada. Dr. Belanger holds a bachelor's degree in Physiotherapy from University of Montreal, a master of science degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University, and a doctoral degree in Neurosciences from McMaster University. As a physical therapist, he had the privilege to work at the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympic Games.

His record of scholarship includes over 150 publications. He is the solo author of three textbooks entitled Evidence-Based Guide to Therapeutic Physical Agents, and Therapeutic Electrophysical Agents: Evidence Behind Practice, 2nd and 3rd editions. Dr Belanger was awarded the Prix d'Excellence, by the Quebec Physiotherapists Licensing Board, for his book titled Evidence-Based Guide to Therapeutic Physical Agents. The second edition of Therapeutic Electrophysical Agents: Evidence Behind Practice has been translated in Portuguese. Dr. Belanger is the founder and President of Physiometrix Ltd., from where he now works as an author and consultant in the field of therapeutic electrophysical agents.

He has extensive experience as a teacher, researcher, consultant and author in the field of human neuromuscular physiology and therapeutic electrophysical agents. Dr. Belanger has held the positions of Scientific Editor of the journal Physiotherapy Canada and President of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. He also served as Associate Editor in several journals. He has delivered multiple conferences at various national and international congresses. He has given continuing courses in the field of therapeutic electrophysical agents to Canadian and American physical therapists.

Financial Disclosures: Dr. Belanger receives an honorarium for speaking/teaching live courses. He also receives royalties for his recorded courses through CIAO Seminars.

Dr. Belanger receives royalties for the sale of his three books: Evidence-Based Guide to Therapeutic Physical Agents, Therapeutic Electrophysical Agents: Evidence Behind Practice, 2nd and 3rd editions.

Dr. Belanger is the founder and President of Physiometrix Ltd.where he is an author and consultant in the field of therapeutic electrophysical agents.

Non-Financial Disclosures: no relevant relationships exist.

Day 1

09:00 - 09:10
Controversy surrounding the use of EPAs
09:10 - 09:20
Evidence based practice; why is it so important!
09:20 - 09:30
Measurement, maintenance and calibration
09:30 - 09:45
Process of soft tissue healing
09:45 - 11:30
Thermal agents: Why, When, Where and How Thermotherapy: Hot pack, Paraffin Wax bath, Fluidotherapy Cryotherapy: Ice pack, Gel pack, Ice cup, Cryo-Cuff
11:30 - 11:45
11:45 - 01:35
Mechanical Agents: Why, When, Where and How Ultrasound (CUS, LIPUS, LITUS), Continuous Passive Motion, Spinal Traction,
01:35 - 01:45
The bottom line
01:45 - 02:15
Question and Answer

Delivery VIA:

  • Live Stream - This course is offered from our Live Stream studio. Watch and interact with the instructor from wherever you are or join us as part of the studio audience in sunny Gulf Breeze, FL.

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 5.0 Hours (0.5 CEUs)
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (OT/COTAs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (5.0 PDUs)
  • CIAO is an Illinois Approved Provider for PT/PTA Continuing Education
  • CIAO is recognized as an Approved Provider for PT/PTAs by the NYSE Dept State Board for PT
  • This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Prov. #2202009#TX
  • This activity meets the continuing competence requirements for PT/PTA license renewal in TX
  • Approved for:
  • 5.0 hrs. PT/PTAs in AR, IL, NM, TX(5.0 CCUs)
  • 4.5 hrs. PT/PTAs in NM
  • 6.0 hrs. PT/PTAs in NY
  • 5.0 Hrs. OT/COTAs in FL (CE#20-663559)

Contact hours applied for:

  • PT/PTA's in OK

Course meets requirements for:

  • PT/PTAs in AK, AL, AZ, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IA, KS, KY, ME, MO, MA, MI, MO, MT, NE, NC, NH, ND, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY

  • The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

    CIAO is recognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)

    CIAO is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers.


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