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    VitalStim® Plus - NMES and sEMG Biofeedback

    Live/Online Combo Course

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    Add to Calendar 06/24/2022 07:00 AM 06/24/2022 05:00 PM America/Chicago VitalStim® Plus - NMES and sEMG Biofeedback (Live Stream) Hotel:
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    Appropriate Disciplines

    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Occupational Therapist

Course Description

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NOTE: Participant must be a VitalStim Provider to attend this advanced level course.

This is a 2 Part Course.
Registration will enroll you in BOTH parts.
CEU credit will only be awarded to those who complete BOTH the Online and the Live portions.
  • A link to log-on to the online course will be sent via email
  • Online course consists of a 3 hour video and a multiple choice quiz
  • Online course must be completed prior to attending the live course.
  • 3 hours, hands on labs
Exercise is the key ingredient to rehabilitation and dysphagia rehabilitation is no different. The skilled clinician must have a variety of treatment tools available to facilitate an effective exercise program. Ten years ago, VitalStim Therapy introduced NMES as such a tool and it has proven very effective. This course will take the VitalStim Provider to a new level using NMES for dysphagia therapy. The course will review the core concepts underpinning successful use of NMES in the dysphagic patient. Current research will be reviewed to explore how the NMES parameters such as frequency, phase duration and duty cycle can be changed to maximize impact. Participants will learn about the benefit of using up to 4 channels of stimulation and will learn how to sequence the stimulation between channels to mimic a normal swallowing sequence. In addition, two new modalities will be reviewed and practiced: sEMG Biofeedback and sEMG triggered electrical stimulation. This dynamic course will focus on hands on skills. The participants will work with the latest technology combining VitalStim, NMES, sEMG and sEMG triggered stimulation.

The participants will receive one-on-one attention from a certified VitalStim instructor.

NOTE: Participant must be a VitalStim Provider to attend this advanced level course. This course focuses on combining VitalStim, NMES, sEMG and sEMG triggered stimulation using the new VitalStim Plus technology, therefore it does not count toward VitalStim renewal.

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AOTA Classification Codes
OT Process: Evaluation, Intervention, Outcomes

Course Objectives

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

  • Verbalize the key neurophysiological and practical principles relevant to the use of VitalStim Therapy in the treatment of dysphagia
  • Summarize the key findings of recent publications on the topic of NMES in the treatment of dysphagia
  •       Modifying the pulse frequency
  •       Modifying the phase duration
  •       Modifying the duty cycle (e.g., 4 seconds ON, 12 seconds OFF)
  •       Using up to 4 channels of stimulation
  •       Sequencing the stimulation between channels (for example, start stimulation on the oropharyngeal sling and follow with stimulation of the       submandibular muscles)
  • Describe the mechanism of action of sEMG Biofeedback in the treatment of dysphagia
  • Demonstrate the correct execution of sEMG Biofeedback used for common neuromuscular impairments present in dysphagia
  • Describe the mechanism of action of sEMG triggered stimulation in the treatment of dysphagia
  • Demonstrate the correct execution of sEMG triggered stimulation used for common neuromuscular impairments present in dysphagia
  • Demonstrate the replication of protocols described in key publications utilizing the VitalStim Plus technology
  • Demonstrate the ability to operate the controls and software of the VitalStim Plus device

John Kelly


A graduate of the University of St. Augustine’s graduate Physical Therapy Program. John has over 17 years’ experience with acute inpatient and hospital-based outpatient rehabilitation and currently an outpatient clinical director for Siskin Rehabilitation Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. John continues to balance full time patient care with administrative responsibilities. John is NDT certified and an experienced manual orthopedic therapist working toward his clinical doctorate and manual therapy certification. John is a certified VitalStim® Instructor and has taught orthopaedic and electrotherapy courses across the country. John is an accomplished clinical instructor and consistently is recognized for his exceptional patient rapport and strong evaluations from course participants.

Financial Disclosure: John is a salaried employee for his position at Siskin Rehabilitation Hospital. John Kelly receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of his live courses. He also receives royalties for the purchase of his recorded course(s)
Non-financial Disclosure: No relevant non-financial relationship exists.

Day 1

45 Minutes
ONLINE - NMES core concepts
45 Minutes
ONLINE - Literature review
45 Minutes
ONLINE - NMES parameter modifications
45 Minutes
ONLINE - sEMG basics
03:30 - 04:00
Registration/Check-In for Live Course
04:00 - 04:30
NMES and sEMG theory and literature reviews
04:30 - 06:00
06:00 - 06:45
sEMG Lab
06:45 - 07:00
Q&A, Close

Delivery VIA:

  • Live By Request - This course is available to come to you! Contact us to see how easy that can be.

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 6 Hours (0.6 CEUs)
  • CIAO is an Approved Provider for ASHA #AAWA (SLPs)
  • This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Advanced level, Professional area).
  • CIAO is an Approved Provider for AOTA #4119 (OTs)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (7.5 PDUs Clinical Lab Assessment)
  • 7.0 Hrs OTs in FL (CE Broker #20-595600)

Contact hours applied for:

  • 6.0 Hours CAOT

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

This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Advanced level, Professional area).

CIAO is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). CIAO complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. As a result of this accreditation, CIAO is accredited to issue the IACET CEU.

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


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