So tomorrow morning, I will be venturing to Cincinatti, OH, to attend the 2013 AAOMPT conference. If any of the readers are going, I would love to meet you and discuss how we can work together to move the profession Forward. You can connect with me through email @ email@example.com or connect through facebook or twitter (both located on the side of the page) . Just send a message and we can meet up (I will also be spending a bit of time at the “Oakworks” booth, so stop on over to see if I am there).
I will also be giving a very short presentation on Saturday @ 11am during the Platform Presentations. So come check out Francois Prizinski, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT, DAC and myself present: The MIP algorithm: a clinically applicable model to motor control (I have pasted our abstract from JMMT below). If you miss it, no big deal, because you will be able to check out a discussion at the virtual Health, Wealthy and Smart conference in a few weeks…
For those not going, I am going to try to provide some presentation reviews and pictures from the conference over the next several days.
THE M.I.P. ALGORITHM: A CLINICALLY APPLICABLE APPROACH TO MOTOR CONTROL
Brence JB,1 Prizinski FA,2 Thomas P3
1 ForwardThinkingPT.com, Pittsburgh, PA; 2The Orthopedic Group, Pittsburgh, PA; 3Motion for Life, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Corresponding Author: firstname.lastname@example.org
BACKGROUND: The neuromatrix model demonstrates that various inputs to a body-self neuromatrix results in changes in action programming, stress-regulation programming and pain. These inputs may affect the biological, psychological and social domains, and a significant amount of recent literature has suggested that one should use a biopsychosocial approach to patient care. PURPOSE: We suspect that many clinicians are having difficulty determining how to apply the biopsychosocial model, clinically. We are proposing a fundamental algorithm for the understanding of motor control that is scientifically plausible and easily applicable to patient care: Motivation, Input, Plan (MIP). THEORETICAL PROPOSAL: We propose that there are three fundamental qualities that lead to the appropriate facilitation of motor control: (1) First, we suspect that one must hold MOTIVATION, or a general desire or willingness to move efficiently. This motivation can be influenced by the clinician, and non-specific effects, such as expectation for recovery, will impact this; (2) Second, we propose that various INPUT, such as manual therapy and kinesthetic awareness training (such as breathing, taping, etc) can assist in the afferent feedback to recruit musculature. This step likely creates awareness and improved mapping of the somatosensory and motor homunculus; (3) Third, we believe that the individual must be able to properly PLAN for completion of the task. It is in this planning phase that an orchestrated complex of events occurs in the brain, which creates a neural blueprint for motor recruitment. (4) Once the first three steps are completed, the patient is ready for Motor Control.