ACRM - American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

ACRM - American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Improving lives through interdisciplinary rehabilitation research: BRAIN INJURY, SPINAL CORD INJURY, STROKE, NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES, PAIN, CANCER & MORE

ACRM (American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine) is an organization of rehabilitation professionals dedicated to serving people with disabling conditions by supporting research that:
- promotes health, independence, productivity, and quality of life, and
- meets the needs of rehabilitation clinicians and people with disabilities. In order to enhance current and future research and knowledge translation, ACRM:
- assists researchers in improving their investigations and dissemination of findings,
- educates providers to deliver best practices, and
- advocates for funding of future rehabilitation research. ACRM is a global community comprised of both researchers and consumers of research, in the field of rehabilitation. ACRM is the only professional association representing all members of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team, including: physicians, psychologists, rehabilitation nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, recreation specialists, case managers, rehabilitation counselors, vocational counselors, and disability management specialists.

ACRM (American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine) is an organization of rehabilitation professionals dedicated to serving people with disabling conditions by supporting research that:
- promotes health, independence, productivity, and quality of life, and
- meets the needs of rehabilitation clinicians and people with disabilities. In order to enhance current and future research and knowledge translation, ACRM:
- assists researchers in improving their investigations and dissemination of findings,
- educates providers to deliver best practices, and
- advocates for funding of future rehabilitation research. ACRM is a global community comprised of both researchers and consumers of research, in the field of rehabilitation. ACRM is the only professional association representing all members of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team, including: physicians, psychologists, rehabilitation nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, recreation specialists, case managers, rehabilitation counselors, vocational counselors, and disability management specialists.

Operating as usual

Quality Improvement now in #ARRCT the #openaccess journal of #ACRMPhysical Therapy for Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients in...
03/31/2021

Quality Improvement now in #ARRCT the #openaccess journal of #ACRM
Physical Therapy for Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients in Isolation: Feasibility and pilot implementation of #telehealth for delivering individualized therapy
At https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590109521000136
#PT #COVID19 #rehabilitation

ACRM - American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
03/31/2021

ACRM - American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

ACRM - American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
03/31/2021

ACRM - American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

Upcoming ACRM Community Webinar: Addressing the Needs of Individuals with Stroke during the Transition from Hospital to ...
03/31/2021

Upcoming ACRM Community Webinar: Addressing the Needs of Individuals with Stroke during the Transition from Hospital to Home through Problem-Solving Training

Join colleagues on 15 April at 5:00 PM ET for the next Stroke ISIG Virtual Happy Hour webinar featuring Candice L. Osborne, PhD, MPH, OTR from the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Texas Southwestern. Dr. Osborne will discuss the needs of patients with stroke, the supports currently available, and introduce participants to Problem-Solving Training. She will discuss the evidence supporting the use of Problem-Solving Training and how it can be used clinically. Results of a pilot study of early Problem-Solving Training for patients with stroke will also be discussed.

Go to https://acrm.org/acrm-communities/stroke/stroke-virtual-happy-hour/virtual-happy-hour-osborne/

#medicine #health #healthcare #webinar #stroke #hospitaltohome #ACRM #strokerecovery #strokerehab #strokerehabilitation

ACRM 2021 Integrative Rehabilitation Research Mentoring & Career Development Fellowship ApplicationThe American Congress...
03/30/2021

ACRM 2021 Integrative Rehabilitation Research Mentoring & Career Development Fellowship Application

The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) is pleased to create opportunities for talented early career clinical investigators from underrepresented and diverse backgrounds such as Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders as well as individuals from a diverse range of gender identity and sexual orientation, national origin and cultural identity (i.e., immigrant origin) and disabilities, to have a prominent role in the ACRM Diversity Integrative Rehabilitation Medicine Mentoring and Career Development Workshop (DIRMCD).

For complete details and application process go to https://acrm.org/acrm-communities/complementary-integrative-rehabilitation-medicine/cirm-awards/integrative-rehabilitation-research-mentoring-career-development-fellowship/
#mentor #mentoring #careerdevelopment #fellowshipaward #ACRM #diversity #earlycareer #rehabilitation #PMandR #physiatry #underrepresented #ACRM2021

New in #ARRCT, the #openaccess journal from #ACRM serving the #physicalmedicine and #rehabilitation communityAssociation...
03/30/2021
Associations between measures of physical activity and muscle size and strength: a systematic review

New in #ARRCT, the #openaccess journal from #ACRM serving the #physicalmedicine and #rehabilitation community
Associations between measures of physical activity and muscle size and strength: a systematic review
from Zachary Paul John Rostron, Rodney Green, Michael Kingsley, Anita Zacharias
From the abstract: To determine whether physical activity is associated with lower limb muscle size and strength within the general population.
#Physicalactivity #Skeletalmuscle #Accelerometer
#Exercise #PMandR #systematicreview
Now available

To determine whether physical activity is associated with lower limb muscle size and strength within the general population.Six databases were systema…

Upcoming #ACRM Community Group Webinar: Functional Electrical Stimulation for the Upper Extremity: Where are we at?This ...
03/30/2021

Upcoming #ACRM Community Group Webinar: Functional Electrical Stimulation for the Upper Extremity: Where are we at?

This upcoming free webinar sponsored by the ACRM Spinal Cord Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (SCI-ISIG) features Naaz Kapadia-Desai, PT, BSc, MSc (Rehab), a research associate at the KITE Research Institute, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-UHN, who will discuss the role of Functional Electrical Stimulation in upper extremity rehabilitation. She will also discuss the methods of application of FES and its indications and contraindications.

Go to https://acrm.org/acrm-communities/spinal-cord-injury/sci-webinar-series/spinal-cord-injury-webinar-kapadia-desai/

#research #medicine #healthcare #webinar #SCI #spinalcordinjury #spinacordstimulation #rehabilitation #FES

In 2020 more of you read the Archives and more of you submitted to the Archives than ever before!  And our #CiteScore is...
03/30/2021

In 2020 more of you read the Archives and more of you submitted to the Archives than ever before! And our #CiteScore is going up too!
Thank you to our authors, reviewers and readers!
You make us THE journal for #rehabilitation #research serving the #PMandR world at https://www.archives-pmr.org/
#physiatry #onedownloadevery11seconds #physicaltherapy #occupationaltherapy #OT #PT #SLPeeps #Stroke #Cancer #TBI #SCI #gait #parkinsons #multiplesclerosis #musculoskeletal #geriatrics #pediatrics #concussion #amputee #prosthetics #lifestylemedicine #cognition #sportsrehab #measurement #outcomes #veteranshealth #neuroscience #arttherapy #musictherapy

The Archives has published a number of articles on COVID-19 and rehabilitation.  These articles are freely available for...
03/29/2021

The Archives has published a number of articles on COVID-19 and rehabilitation. These articles are freely available for all to access. The call for COVID-19 research is ongoing and the Archives will continue to publish accepted papers in this area as rapidly as possible
Check them out at https://bit.ly/3t80C8z
#COVID19 #coronarivus #PMandR #Physiatry #rehabilitation #longcovid #research #medicine #covid #health #healthcare #publichealth

There's no better time to join ACRM!Follow the link below to learn more about how participating in the ACRM Membership c...
03/29/2021

There's no better time to join ACRM!

Follow the link below to learn more about how participating in the ACRM Membership can: (1) Boost your career, (2) Save you money and (3) Provide access to valuable resources.

Go to https://my.acrm.org/

#ACRM #membership #networking #career #rehabilitation #physiatry #PMandR #medicalconferences #scientificjournal

A BIG Thank YOU to our sponsors, exhibitors, advertisers & Institutional Supporters of #ACRMJoin those here & align w/ A...
03/29/2021

A BIG Thank YOU to our sponsors, exhibitors, advertisers & Institutional Supporters of #ACRM
Join those here & align w/ ACRM's mission
For information & #advertising opportunities please contact [email protected]
phone +1.703.435.5335 or go to https://acrm.org/sales
#rehabilitation

New in #ARRCT, the #openaccess journal from #ACRM serving the #physicalmedicine and #rehabilitation communityAssociation...
03/28/2021
Associations between measures of physical activity and muscle size and strength: a systematic review

New in #ARRCT, the #openaccess journal from #ACRM serving the #physicalmedicine and #rehabilitation community
Associations between measures of physical activity and muscle size and strength: a systematic review
from Zachary Paul John Rostron, Rodney Green, Michael Kingsley, Anita Zacharias
From the abstract: To determine whether physical activity is associated with lower limb muscle size and strength within the general population.
#Physicalactivity #Skeletalmuscle #Accelerometer
#Exercise #PMandR #systematicreview
Now available

To determine whether physical activity is associated with lower limb muscle size and strength within the general population.Six databases were systema…

Now in #ARRCT #openaccessEvaluating the Feasibility and Effects of a Short-term Task Specific Power Training with & with...
03/28/2021

Now in #ARRCT #openaccess
Evaluating the Feasibility and Effects of a Short-term Task Specific Power Training with & without #Cognitive #Training among Older Adults with Slow #Gait Speed: A Pilot Study from Ogawa, Harris . . Bean et al
Freely Available at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590109521000227

Hot Topics in CIRM Webinar Series#TaiChi for #Rehabilitation21 April, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM ETWith guest speaker, Paul Lam, ...
03/27/2021

Hot Topics in CIRM Webinar Series

#TaiChi for #Rehabilitation
21 April, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM ET
With guest speaker, Paul Lam, MD
Director, Tai Chi for Health Institute

Tai chi was created based on nature and harmony. The gentle flowing movements contain inner power that strengthens the body, improves mental balance, and brings better health and harmony to people’s lives. Nowadays, tai chi is practiced in every corner of the world for health improvement. And for good reasons. Scientific studies show that tai chi improves and possibly prevents chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes. In addition, it improves balance, immunity and reduces stress.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Acquire and describe basic knowledge of Tai Chi
Explain how Tai Chi helps rehabilitation practice and scientific studies
Demonstrate how to refer patients to Tai Chi appropriately
Explore how to apply Tai Chi to part of therapists’ work.

https://acrm.org/acrm-communities/complementary-integrative-rehabilitation-medicine/hot-topics-in-cirm-webinar-series/

The successful treatment of a newly designed postural alignment therapy - Constraint Alignment Therapy for a 6-year-old ...
03/27/2021

The successful treatment of a newly designed postural alignment therapy - Constraint Alignment Therapy for a 6-year-old girl with cerebral palsy: A case report
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590109521000203
#cerebralpalsy #cerebralpalsyawareness #therapy #medtwitter #rehabilitation #posturecorrection

Quality Improvement now in #ARRCT the #openaccess journal of #ACRMPhysical Therapy for Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients in...
03/26/2021

Quality Improvement now in #ARRCT the #openaccess journal of #ACRM
Physical Therapy for Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients in Isolation: Feasibility and pilot implementation of #telehealth for delivering individualized therapy
At https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590109521000136
#PT #COVID19 #rehabilitation

There's no better time to join ACRM!Follow the link below to learn more about how participating in the ACRM Membership c...
03/25/2021

There's no better time to join ACRM!

Follow the link below to learn more about how participating in the ACRM Membership can: (1) Boost your career, (2) Save you money and (3) Provide access to valuable resources.

Go to https://my.acrm.org/

#ACRM #membership #networking #career #rehabilitation #physiatry #PMandR #medicalconferences #scientificjournal

The Archives has published a number of articles on COVID-19 and rehabilitation.  These articles are freely available for...
03/24/2021

The Archives has published a number of articles on COVID-19 and rehabilitation. These articles are freely available for all to access. The call for COVID-19 research is ongoing and the Archives will continue to publish accepted papers in this area as rapidly as possible
Check them out at https://bit.ly/3t80C8z
#COVID19 #coronarivus #PMandR #Physiatry #rehabilitation #longcovid #research #medicine #covid #health #healthcare #publichealth

A BIG Thank YOU to our sponsors, exhibitors, advertisers & Institutional Supporters of #ACRMJoin those here & align w/ A...
03/24/2021

A BIG Thank YOU to our sponsors, exhibitors, advertisers & Institutional Supporters of #ACRM
Join those here & align w/ ACRM's mission
For information & #advertising opportunities please contact [email protected]
phone +1.703.435.5335 or go to https://acrm.org/sales
#rehabilitation

Now in #ARRCT #openaccessEvaluating the Feasibility and Effects of a Short-term Task Specific Power Training with & with...
03/23/2021

Now in #ARRCT #openaccess
Evaluating the Feasibility and Effects of a Short-term Task Specific Power Training with & without #Cognitive #Training among Older Adults with Slow #Gait Speed: A Pilot Study from Ogawa, Harris . . Bean et al
Freely Available at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590109521000227

Hot Topics in CIRM Webinar Series#TaiChi for #Rehabilitation21 April, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM ETWith guest speaker, Paul Lam, ...
03/22/2021

Hot Topics in CIRM Webinar Series

#TaiChi for #Rehabilitation
21 April, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM ET
With guest speaker, Paul Lam, MD
Director, Tai Chi for Health Institute

Tai chi was created based on nature and harmony. The gentle flowing movements contain inner power that strengthens the body, improves mental balance, and brings better health and harmony to people’s lives. Nowadays, tai chi is practiced in every corner of the world for health improvement. And for good reasons. Scientific studies show that tai chi improves and possibly prevents chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes. In addition, it improves balance, immunity and reduces stress.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Acquire and describe basic knowledge of Tai Chi
Explain how Tai Chi helps rehabilitation practice and scientific studies
Demonstrate how to refer patients to Tai Chi appropriately
Explore how to apply Tai Chi to part of therapists’ work.

https://acrm.org/acrm-communities/complementary-integrative-rehabilitation-medicine/hot-topics-in-cirm-webinar-series/

The successful treatment of a newly designed postural alignment therapy - Constraint Alignment Therapy for a 6-year-old ...
03/22/2021

The successful treatment of a newly designed postural alignment therapy - Constraint Alignment Therapy for a 6-year-old girl with cerebral palsy: A case report
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590109521000203
#cerebralpalsy #cerebralpalsyawareness #therapy #medtwitter #rehabilitation #posturecorrection

The March issue of the Archives of PM&R is out!Articles on #COVID19, #orthotics, #TBI, #hipfracture, #physicaltherapy an...
03/21/2021

The March issue of the Archives of PM&R is out!
Articles on #COVID19, #orthotics, #TBI, #hipfracture, #physicaltherapy and #amnesia, #stroke, #encephalitis, #zikasyndrome, #SCI, #cardiorehab, #TKA, #osteoarthritis and more
Go to https://www.archives-pmr.org/issue/S0003-9993(21)X0002-0
For the full table of contents
#MedTwitter #rehabilitation #PMandR #physiatry

There's no better time to join ACRM!Follow the link below to learn more about how participating in the ACRM Membership c...
03/21/2021

There's no better time to join ACRM!

Follow the link below to learn more about how participating in the ACRM Membership can: (1) Boost your career, (2) Save you money and (3) Provide access to valuable resources.

Go to https://my.acrm.org/

#ACRM #membership #networking #career #rehabilitation #physiatry #PMandR #medicalconferences #scientificjournal

Quality Improvement now in #ARRCT the #openaccess journal of #ACRMPhysical Therapy for Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients in...
03/21/2021

Quality Improvement now in #ARRCT the #openaccess journal of #ACRM
Physical Therapy for Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients in Isolation: Feasibility and pilot implementation of #telehealth for delivering individualized therapy
At https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2590109521000136
#PT #COVID19 #rehabilitation

New ACRM Community Group forming for Behavior HealthJoin organizers Dr. Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga and Dr. Jeffrey We...
03/21/2021

New ACRM Community Group forming for Behavior Health

Join organizers Dr. Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga and Dr. Jeffrey Wertheimer and support the forming of the new ACRM Behavioral Health Networking Group. This group will provide a much-needed space where behavioral health rehabilitation professionals and community educators can network and collaborate with like-minded colleagues across ACRM communities. To participate, opt-in to communications about this forming group go to

https://acrm.org/acrm-communities/behavioral-health/

#behavioralhealth #healthcare #healthybehaviors #rehabilitation #physiatry #PMandR #community #networking #ACRM #ACRM2021 #behaviorhealth #behavioralhealthcare

IMPROVE LIVES by advancing rehabilitation research and clinical practice for the entire PM&R team with our Online Cognit...
03/20/2021

IMPROVE LIVES by advancing rehabilitation research and clinical practice for the entire PM&R team with our Online Cognitive Rehabilitation Training.

1. Cognitive Rehabilitation Training ONLINE COURSE

Start learning right now at your own pace with online access to this popular training course.

2. Host the Training

Just like Johns Hopkins and Cedars-Sinai, become a host and bring the ACRM Cognitive Rehabilitation Training to your organization.

3. Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual

The Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual: Translating Evidence-Based Recommendations into Practice is a guide for clinicians who want to effectively deliver evidence-based rehabilitation interventions in everyday clinical practice.

Go to https://acrm.org/meetings/cognitive-rehab-training/

#cognition #cognitive #rehabilitation #physiatry #neurorehabilitation #PMandR #medtwitter #cognitiverehabilitation

Address


General information

Special Interest and Networking Groups -------------------- Participation in ACRM is organized around specialties in rehabilitation. The ACRM has the following special interest and networking groups: BI-ISIG | Brain Injury — Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group SCI-ISIG | Spinal Cord Injury — Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group STROKE-ISIG | Stroke — Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group Cancer Rehabilitation Networking Group EC-NG | Early Career Networking Group HP-NG | Health Policy Networking Group I-NG | International Networking Group Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group Pediatric Rehabilitation Networking Group OM-NG | Outcomes Measurement Networking Group MVA-NG | Military/Veterans Affairs Networking Group Geriatric Rehabilitation Group Pain Rehabilitation Group Membership -------------------- The ACRM welcomes as members all stakeholders in the field of rehabilitation, including clinicians, researchers, administrators, consultants, consumers, educators, research funders, insurers, and policymakers. Students and new entrants to the field are especially encouraged to join; a “young investigators” course offered each year as part of the annual meeting helps them to become productive rehabilitation researchers and ACRM members. Members meet colleagues from around the world, engage with experts and mentors, learn new research strategies, access the latest clinical guidelines, advance academic and research careers, and gain opportunities to shape and lead the field of rehabilitation. Members represent various disciplines, including: Audiology Biomedical Engineering Biostatistics Case Manager Clinical Epidemiology Clinical Research Counseling, Pastoral Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, Vocational Dietetics | Nutrition Health Services Research Neurology | Neurosurgery Neuropsychology Occupational Therapy Pediatrics Psychology Physiatrist Physical Therapy Psychiatry Recreation Therapy Rehabilitation Medicine Rehabilitation Nursing Rehabilitation Psychology Social Work Speech | Language Pathology Organization -------------------- The ACRM is led by elected members organized into the Board of Governors. Supporting the Board of Governors are volunteer standing committees as well as a business team led by the Chief Executive Officer. Executive Committee 2013-2015 President Sue Ann Sisto, PT MA PhD President Elect Douglas Katz, MD PhD FACRM Treasurer Wayne A. Gordon, PhD ABPP-CN FACRM Secretary Cindy Harrison-Felix, PhD FACRM Past President Tamara Bushnik, PhD FACRM Member-at-Large Deborah Backus, PhD PT Member-at-Large Jennifer Bogner, PhD ABPP Member-at-Large Anne Deutsch, PhD BSN Member-at-Large Dawn Neumann, PhD Member-at-Large Ronald Seel, PhD FACRM Member-at-Large Ross Zafonte, PhD DO Archives Co-EIC Leighton Chan, MD PhD MPH FACRM Archives Co-EIC Allen W. Heinemann, PhD ABPP-RP FACRM BI-ISIG Liaison Lance Trexler, PhD FACRM SCI-ISIG Liaison Susan Charlifue, PhD FACRM Stroke ISIG Liaison Phil Morse, PhD FACRM Program Committee Liaison Michael L. Jones, PhD FACRM CEO Jon W. Lindberg, MBA CAE Contact Details -------------------- For business matters relating to ACRM or The Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, please contact: Jon W. Lindberg, MBA, CAE Chief Executive Officer ACRM, 11654 Plaza America Drive, Suite 535, Reston, VA, USA 20190 Phone: +1.317.471.8760 Upcoming Meetings -------------------- 91st Annual ACRM Conference Progress in Rehabilitation Research 7 – 11 OCTOBER 2014 Intercontinental, Toronto Centre and Metro Toronto Convention Centre | Toronto, ON, Canada

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when ACRM - American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to ACRM - American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine:

Videos

Bringing research to practice. Faster

We believe that it should not take 40 years to get research into practice. Our goal is to translate the research into practice. Faster.

At ACRM, we bring together all members of the rehab team regardless of title, and we collaborate with the researchers. We call this — research to practice & practice to research — a positive feedback loop.

THE MISSION

With the mission of IMPROVING LIVES of those with disabling conditions through interdisciplinary rehabilitation research, ACRM curates and disseminates world-class rehabilitation research:

Nearby non profit organizations

Comments

Check out #ACRM2020 #virtualconference for a 6-part presentation on #chronicpain and #multidisciplinary #integrativehealth management including: *Concept of suffering in the context of chronic pain *Physical and psycho-social contributors to pain *Pain and sensitization *Cultural aspects of pain and suffering *Acute to chronic pain transition *Pain and #acupuncture *Exercise as management of pain *Harnessing the mind to heal the body (15% off non-member pricing until Oct 15th!!!) #exerciseismedicine #painmanagement Chronic Pain Management: An Integrative, Complementary Perspective (844689) https://cdmcd.co/P4Aqbr
Do you eval and treat patients post-#stroke? It's not too late to sign up for this comprehensive, multidisciplinary seminar designed to discuss the rationale, resources, and most robust measures for outcome measurement in this population. Make sure you're prepared to show your value and effectively justify your patient's progress to payers! #ACRM2020 #virtualconference #therapy #rehabilitation #strokerecovery IC12: Interdisciplinary Perspectives to Functional Measurement and Assessment of the Stroke Survivor (809651) https://cdmcd.co/Wvw6P9
So many of my patients love to dance and what better way to increase salience, intensity, and actually get them moving! Check out this talk at #ACRM2020 #virtualconference to learn more about the evidence for dance in #neurorehabilitation. State of the Science: Dance for Neurorehabilitation (857510) https://cdmcd.co/P4AqAp
Join me at #ACRM2020 for this great session on barriers to community participation and living and help promote full-inclusion! #healthequity #rehabilitation #therapy #disabilityinclusion Social Determinants of Health: Engaging Communities to Achieve Full and Equitable Participation (845682) https://cdmcd.co/8g8d5d
Announcing a free online symposium, open to anyone interested in learning more about the current science and research on Alexander technique as an intervention, entitled “Current Scientific Research and Models for the Alexander Technique” on May 18th at 12 noon Eastern time. This is an opportunity to view how AT is making its way forward and reaching more people through our better understanding of how contemporary science supports and clarifies this transformative work. Consistency in language and a grounding in the contemporary scientific aspects of the AT principles is really essential to advance and enter the mainstream of the general public, removing barriers to access for broader socioeconomic groups in the 21st Century. Dr. Tim Cacciatore, Assoc. Prof. Rajal Cohen, Prof. Ian Loram and Dr. Patrick Johnson will present an overview of what current science has to offer the Alexander Technique. This 2.5 hour in-depth symposium addresses the urgent need for updating our scientific understanding of our work. It also aims to help AT teachers to better communicate with scientists, medical professionals, and AT colleagues. For more information and to sign up, visit: www.alexandertechniquescience.com/symposium2020/ For those who cannot join live, please sign up for information about accessing the post symposium video.https://www.alexandertechniquescience.com/symposium2020/
Hard to exaggerate the importance of Dr. Paul Harch's recently published study, which duplicates the 2015 Israeli studies showing that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) helps heal TBI even years post-injury. Since 2015 HBOT is standard treatment for most brain injuries in Israel. DOD, VA and Tricare, must move to make it standard of care here If you have connections with these organizations, please push them to adopt this life-altering treatment for TBI/ABI. Let's not wait for FDA approval. Costing tens of millions, the FDA process effectively precludes alternative therapies from gaining traction - regardless of efficacy. Physicians should be encouraged to use HBOT off-label for brain injured patients. The DOS, VA and Tricare should be encouraged to include it as a covered treatment for TBI/ABI.
Call for Proposals
Hope this video gives a sense of what alternative therapies may offer to brain injury survivors. Bart has made great progress since this video was made, boosted by Omega-3 supplementation, LENS neurofeedback, and even hypnosis. And so it goes. God bless us all.
Hope you find our spirited defense of alternative therapies for ABI thought-provoking and useful. God bless those that served.
Heading to Dallas for ACRM - American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine conference? Check out Phoenix Concussion Recovery Podcast for an overview of Lauren Ziaks and Chelsea Brown's talk “Primitive Reflex Integration: A new treatment paradigm for concussive injuries” Oct 3 @ 11:15am https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/concussion-talk-podcast/id1042686652?mt=2 … #iTunes https://twitter.com/share?text=Nick%20Mercer%20-%20Concussion%20Talk%20Podcast%20-%20https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fca%2Fpodcast%2Fconcussion-talk-podcast%2Fid1042686652%3Fmt%3D2%20%23iTunes
A Nightmare Named Mirsarai Tragedy Still Haunts: A Pleading for Psychosocial Rehabilitation =========================================== -Mahbub Ara Akter A black, thick, deep ditch at Tentultola on Abu Torab Road still exists like a death trap to any of the locals whoever had witnessed a line of near about half century deceased students on the big playground kept ready for being engraved after the dusk. 3 years ago, on 11th July, 2011, 45 students of 5 academic institutions of Mayani and Mohadia unions of Mirsarai died in a tragic crash. They were killed as a mini truck carrying more than 70 students skidded off the road and fell into a ditch at Tentultola on Abu Torab Road at 1:30 pm. They were returning after participating in a football match. 39 students died on the spot. Among the rescued 5 more students died later while they were under treatment. Only11-12 students were rescued alive. It is not a tragedy of the loss of only 45 students caused by a mere bus accident in an area of Mirsarai. It is more than that if we really cast a cautious glance over the terrible disaster of Mirsarai Tragedy from humanitarian perspective. The class topper of class eight, Druba Nath of Abu Torab High School of Mirsarai had a dream of becoming a doctor. “My son got fifth grade scholarship in the talent pool. He was preparing for eight grade scholarship” said Direndrakumar Nath, Druba’s father. Another outstanding Ninth grader Abu Sufian, who secured both the primary and junior secondary scholarships, was well on the way to bagging a ‘golden A plus’ in the Secondary School Certificate Exams. “The accident shattered the dreams of our family”’, said a tearful Dhirendra. The yelling episode of shattered dreams does not differ in its consequence for the families of 45 students who were killed in the accident. The trauma is still very much part of nearly 1000 people of Mirsarai. Meherin Chowdhury, the eldest sister of Saidul mourned, “My parents still cry much holding the things like books, school dress that my brother used” Nizam Uddin, one of the rescued students, though returned alive from medical college after treatment, still experienced the difficulty to forget the terrible moment of their truck carrying other fellow students falling into the ditch for long time. “Whenever I remember the moment, my heart beats much”, he bemoaned Most of the local people complained that every now and then they would be awakening in the middle of the night by the wailing parents of the deceased. Jafrul, one of the locals said, “We might have not lost any of ours in the accident, but a pall of gloom descends on us when we hear them wailing. Our children can not accept that their friends were no more.” “I can not hold my tears whenever I remember the face of any of my students even now”, said Jafar Sadek, head teacher of Abu Torab High school. “Some of them, including Druba, Abu sufian and Kajal Nath, were very talented and were set to achieve great things”, Jafar lamented. All the talks (some of the quotes taken from newspapers “Dhaka Tribune”, published on July 10, 2013; “Samakal”, published on July 11, 2012) full of grievance, shocks, losses, trauma lead to a massage: The loss of 45 promising young lives is alarming because the scale of the tragedy deeply affects their parents, grandparents, siblings, relatives, friends, classmates, teachers and neighbours. Our thoughts should go now with the psychological breakdown of the more than 1000 survivors of the manmade disaster including the victims, their families, teachers, relatives, neighbours and the population of the whole area bearing the stigma of the mournful memories of Mirsarai Tragedy. In Bangladesh it is a fact that psychosocial breakdown in result of the casualties caused by any kind of disasters either manmade or natural remains always unseen and out of focus. From psychological as well as clinical psychoanalytical perspective, psychological disorder related emotional distress such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) have significant direct effects on physical health and thereby affect our daily life, either in relationship or work. So it needs attention! To measure the effects it is urgent to be aware of the role of psychosocial care provided to the disaster affected population. The Term ‘PSYCHOSOCIAL’ denotes the inter-connection between psychological and social processes and the fact that each continually interacts with and influences the other. The composite term mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) is used to describe any type of local or outside support that aims to protect or promote psychosocial well-being and prevent or treat mental disorder. Social support aims to protect and support mental health and psycho-social well being in emergencies. These types of supports should be approached in collaboration. For ensuring overall sound health, mental health and psychosocial support are fundamental requirements and it needs to be provided in an integrated way and it should be community-based to ensure services are available, acceptable, accessible and affordable that can improve mental health and psychosocial outcomes. And these services should be indiscriminately made available to the persons, victims or survivors of disaster with more focus on vulnerable groups including women, children, elders and persons with disabilities. Ignoring a problem does not work. When ignored, a problem often grows and begins to affect more and more of our lives. Because psychological disruption or breakdown leads to the terrible outcome of psychological disorders and even to psychosocial disabilities effecting the overall socio-economic structure of the country if the fact of giving timely counseling and psychotherapy is ignored. To have mental health care is an individual’s human right. History and experience show that in general, most of us are resilient and have the capability to cope well with the adverse situation and bounce back to the expected normal life. Even then, some develop significant psychological trauma, and if not attended in a timely and appropriate manner, the condition might result in long-term pathologic disorder. While it may be true that Bangladesh, as one the young nations, has won remarkable accomplishments in the field of social development in some fields, it severely lacks progress in various others. For instance, in terms of our health indicators, the impressive drop in child mortality rates; improved maternal health care and near-elimination of malaria and TB are just a few causes of envy for our neighbours. However, although the progresses we have made in the public health sector have been remarkable, one challenge that has almost slipped out of our radar includes the lack of mental health services. It is estimated that one in every six persons in Bangladesh suffers from some from mental illness, a majority of who go undiagnosed. Moreover, Bangladesh is estimated to have only one psychiatrist for every two million of its people. According to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report, conducted in 2005, the country’s health department spent only US$ 1.4 million on mental health, which was less than 0.5 percent of the total annual healthcare budget. Furthermore, the report also highlighted that social insurance schemes in the country did not cover mental disorders and that no human rights review body exists to inspect mental health facilities under the direct supervision of a “National Mental Health Act”. It should also be mentioned that the Indian Lunacy Act of 1912, that sanctions discrimination against the mentally ill, still remains operative in Bangladesh. This report was formulated almost a decade ago, but little has changed since then. Another instance of defying the need of psychological care is obvious in medical sector of our country. In MBBS Course offered in our country, Psychiatry and Clinical Psychotherapy are included as optional subjects though they require vast study. Almost all the students abstain from undertaking the huge liability to study the optional subjects to obtain degree without having overmuch difficulty. As a result, proper diagnosis of physical ailment related with psychological disorder can not be done and the patient suffers though of undergoing a long term treatment process. Sometimes, even it leads to fallacious treatment. So, from medical perspective, Psychiatry and Clinical Psychotherapy should be included as being one of the compulsory subjects of MBBS Course so that a doctor can treat a patient well even if with having the syndrome of psychological disorder after being properly diagnosed. All the details should be closely related to scrutinize the aftermath psychosocially disrupted situation created by the traumatic experiences of “Mirsarai Tragedy”. From humanitarian ground it is propitious time to pay attention to the vulnerable situation created in Mirsarai. Occasional suicidal cases, panic disorder, nightmare haunting, insomnia, loss of appetite, depression, deficiency in working power, sense of feeling worthless among the survivor students, friends of the deceased students, their parents, relatives, neighbours are being reported at individual levels. Years of governmental neglect and failure of the local government to assess the loss and damage including misleading propaganda against the psychosocial care giving initiatives undertaken by NGO like UTSA have left Mirsarai in a very vulnerable position of a severe manmade disaster. It is because of the inability of the government, local authority to deal with the impacts of a far-reaching psychosocial disability. We should not waste time any more! It is urgent to conduct a study to survey the real scenario of the psychosocial disorder of the victims having relations with the deceased juveniles. The study should focus on the real picture of the psychological disorder related problems, sufferings and their impacts on the socio- economic life of the community people as soon as possible. On the eve of third anniversary of Mirsarai Tragedy we would like to raise a voice to the government, local leaders, concerned authority, civil society and people from all walks of life claiming the need of protecting the affected people’s mental health ensuring short as well as long term psychosocial care related initiatives like counseling, psychotherapy etc. Otherwise we will have to take the liability for opening a chapter of a lamenting history of an incurable socio-economic impairment resulting from permanent psychosocial impairment, another evidence of violation of human rights to the future generation!! UTSA, a Preface to Therapeutic Theatre in Bangladesh A Unique Intervention in the field of Mental Health Issue As a pioneer organization, UTSA, one of the renowned NGOs has initiated its intervention mainly in raising awareness about Mental Health issue through Therapeutic Theatre tools as its organizational motto since 1997. UTSA began its journey by establishing area based ‘Theatre Unit” to work on different socio-economic issues. UTSA believes that theatre is one of the most effective tools for communicating awareness raising programmes. UTSA already has completed more than five thousand issue-based theatre shows. The issues of the theatre shows included Child Labour, Labour Rights, Child Rights, Disabled People’s Rights, Women’s Rights, Sexual Harassment, Child Trafficking, Early Child Care development, HIV/AIDS, Strengthening Local Government, Population Growth, Disaster Management, Leprosy, Environmental Preservation, Drug Addiction and Abuse of Acid. Besides theatre shows UTSA has implemented a number of therapeutic theatre based interventions focused on different issue based projects, institutions and networks. UTSA can claim of having initiated to build up a strong networking through country wide either by patronizing or by having partnership with different institutions working for establishing human rights of PwDs, adolescents, vulnerable community people like TTCD, BTTI, CCBPC, BBL, KHRDI, RRTC, Dr. Jahangir Complex, ADF, CSD, AUDC etc. focused on a sustainable socio-economic and cultural development which ensures a democratic society free from all kinds of discriminations. Through incorporating Theatre for Development and Therapeutic Theatre as a part of clinical psychology, it is not only possible to ensure the effectiveness of any kind of psychosocial care based development issues but also to bring human resource development by initiating a process to safeguard an interpersonal empowerment. Physical development like financial development and sound infrastructural change is never to gain its sustainability without being reached to the acceptable level of people’s mentality that is formed by the socio-economic and cultural infrastructure. Actually the desired level exists within the sphere of the development of individual’s psychosocial aptitude. It is true for any type of socio-economic and cultural condition in the worldwide. Here comes a question of the most effective communicative tools that simply convert the development initiative to its all-time practice. Theatre especially the Therapeutic Theatre tools can play a vital role in this regard. Due to the unique properties of theatre, it can be used very successfully as a form of counseling. Generally, counseling is purely talk therapy consisting of thought-provoking conversations aimed at increasing the client’s self-awareness. However, just talking about thoughts and emotions might not always be enough. All those emotions we experience require a physical outlet which Theatre Therapy can provide. The key premise on which this therapy rests is that creative art is a force that has the power to heal. With the aim of developing the situation of Persons with Disability (PwD), underprivileged, and different types of vulnerable people in Bangladesh UTSA has introduced its social action related interventions through ‘Theatre Therapy’, ‘Psychodrama’, ‘Sociodrama’ and ‘Theatre for Development’. It is obvious that Theatre allows us the opportunity to experience the emotions like pain, anger, depression, anxiety and achieve catharsis for our own pent up emotions vicariously by watching the lives of the characters. In Bangladesh, as one of the very few institutions since its inception UTSA has been playing a vital role either by arranging or by participating in the therapeutic theatre based dramas, exhibitions, workshops, seminars, and festivals to improve the mental health of adolescents, underprivileged community people and PwDs. In addition to building therapeutic theatre units, other creative counseling and group psychotherapy tools UTSA aiming at developing expert Theatre Therapists has been organizing National Therapeutic Theatre Workshops (NTTW), conducted by international Theatre Therapists every year as one of its remarkable interventions since 2003. Particularly working experiences with the school going adolescents suffering from emotional disorders, PwDs, victims and survivors of natural disasters like SIDOR and AILA as well as man-made disasters like Mirsori Tragedy, Savar Tragedy are the remarkable additions of uplifting the confidence level of UTSA Team members. The desired achievement is still far reaching as in Bangladesh there is no National Mental Health Act. Morover, there are fund crisis, shortage of resources and efficient manpower. Still UTSA believes that through the advocacy programmes the vision of establishing a democratic society where people will live with dignity, freedom and safety will come true soon of course with all kinds of supports come from influential philanthropic organizations as well as individuals at home and abroad. Contract person: Mostafa Kamal Jatra Executive Director, Unite Theatre for Social Action (UTSA), 2111, Tahera Bhaban, Akbarshah Mazar lane, Pahartoli, Khulshi, Chittagong, Bangladesh. Cell: 01819-514564, 01919-514564 email: [email protected], [email protected], https://www.facebook.com/pg/utsa1997/photos/?tab=album&album_id=782926478567552