offers a unique combination of traditional physical therapy and integrative
pain management techniques to help individuals enjoy the best health possible.
| About Marie
An Integrative Approach to the Practice of Physical Therapy:
Continuing Education Course 4
As a workshop participant, you will learn how to combine traditional physical
therapy evaluation and treatment protocols for the upper quarter with
techniques that relax the body, focus the mind, and reduce stress. In
addition, you'll improve your ability to communicate your diagnosis and
treatment to doctors and patients in a way that they can easily understand.
course participant will be able to:
Use an integrative therapy assessment tool to address breathing patterns,
stress levels and quality of life factors.
Use a physical therapy diagnostic classification system and treatment
protocol for the upper quarter to create a program that integrates corrective
movements with techniques that balance the autonomic nervous system.
3. Identify and alter the contributing factors for the upper quarter movement
4. Enhance sensory awareness while correcting motor control issues.
5. Use neuromuscular relaxation techniques while applying modalities and
6. Experience the value of relaxation, mindfulness meditation, and visualization
techniques in stabilizing the mind and calming the body.
7. Teach mind/body techniques that calm the body and the mind and create
a space for the patient to make the lifestyle changes necessary for complete
8. Reference an extensive bibliography in mind/body approaches.
Marie has been a licensed physical therapist since graduating from the
University of California Medical Center, San Francisco, Curriculum in
Physical Therapy in 1969. Her treatment of musculoskeletal pain has been
influenced by the work of Shirley Sahrmann, P.T., Ph.D, , F.A.P.T.A.,
professor in the Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University
School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.
Marie has used and taught several forms of alternative and complimentary
healing practices since 1974. Currently, Marie is in private practice
in Santa Barbara, CA and can be reached at:
P. O. Box 31094
Santa Barbara, CA 93130
or by phone at 805-569-1912
Physical Therapy is a comprehensive approach to healing designed
to improve treatment outcomes by viewing the body and mind as an
inseparable unit. Physically, there is an emphasis on restoring
precision to joint motion through the correction of movement and
postural faults. Equally important is the human experience of pain
and its behavioral concomitants. This course is based on the premise
that factors of stress, lifestyle, attitudes and beliefs affect
recovery. It provides techniques that both reduce stress and raise
awareness of factors that may sabotage treatment.
From the perspective of traditional physical therapy, an evaluation
of muscle recruitment patterns and bio-mechanics leads to a movement
diagnosis. This directs the treatment. From the perspective of mind/body
science, the treatment outcome is improved with the use of breathing
and relaxation techniques that balance the autonomic nervous system.
Supported by the rich philosophy of the Yoga tradition, a space
is cleared to look at fear, anger, and attachments. Sensory awareness
techniques facilitate motor re-learning. Importantly, your patients
become active participants in their rehabilitation with an intake
procedure that addresses their quality of life, values, and priorities.
Integrative physical therapy considers the whole person in its goal
of reducing pain and dysfunction and increasing inner peace.