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NDT Manual Therapy Strategies for the Adult Neurological Population: Upper Quadrant
NDT Manual Therapy Strategies for the Adult Neurological Population: Upper Quadrant

Sat, Oct 07


Synaptic Neuro Rehabilitation Centre

NDT Manual Therapy Strategies for the Adult Neurological Population: Upper Quadrant

2 Day Course (Octobe 7th & 8th 2023): Manual Therapy Strategies for the Adult Neurological Population: Upper Quadrant Teresa Siebold BHSc.PT, BSc.Kin, NDTATM Coordinator Instructor

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Time & Location

Oct 07, 2023, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. MDT

Synaptic Neuro Rehabilitation Centre, 305-6940 Fisher Rd SE, Calgary, AB T2H 0W3, Canada


About the Event

Date: October 7-8th, 2023.

  • October 7th | 8am - 5pm
  • October 8th | 8am - 3pm

Location: Synaptic Health - 305, 6940 Fisher Road SE Calgary AB.


  • $475.00 (GST Included)

Space is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis. Payment is required to reserve a seat. Registration Open Until September 29, 2023.

*Once you register we will reach out to organize payment (E Transfer)*

TARGET AUDIENCE: Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists

Snacks will be provided 

*All attendees must be asymptomatic to be in clinic*


Each year, a growing number of Canadians live with impairments secondary to suffering a neurological insult (e.g., stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury). These impairments have been shown to significantly impact many survivors’ functional abilities and quality of life. Activity and participation restriction are due to reduced neuromuscular control, as well as the secondary consequences of immobility and mal-alignment. Normal movement can only be pursued when range of motion and alignment are maintained. Research supports sensory input, active participation and normal experience in movement to promote functional recovery. This two-day course will combine Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) principles with orthopedic approaches to provide therapists with an understanding of ‘normal’ alignment of the upper quadrant and a variety of dynamic strategies and handling skills to restore it.


  1. Understand the anatomy and kinesiology of the trunk, shoulder girdle, forearm, wrist & hand (upper quadrant).
  2. Describe ‘normal’ alignment of the upper quadrant.
  3. Recognize common neurological mal-alignments.
  4. Understand the importance of alignment for function.
  5. Recommend the benefits of dynamic client participation versus passive treatments.
  6. Apply dynamic manual strategies to prevent mal-alignment and to restore functional alignment.
  7. Facilitate activation of the trunk, shoulder girdle and upper extremity of the neurologically impaired client through active support/weight bearing and modified support strategies.

FORMAT Lecture, discussion, videotaped client demonstration, hands-on practice amongst group


Teresa Siebold is an NDTA™ CI & PT instructor with nearly 25 years of experience in adult neurorehabilitation. She began instructing post-graduate courses for allied health clinicians in 2008, and has taught throughout Canada and internationally. Teresa is a Clinical Neuro Specialist for the therapy assistant college program, and has instructed practical sessions for nurses. She was an invited speaker at the NDTA™ Annual Conferences: Virtual, 2022; Memphis, TN 2016; Charlotte, NC 2019.

Teresa has served in clinical and leadership positions on stroke, neurosurgical, and neuro-investigating units, as well as inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings. Currently, Teresa is a senior PT on the acute Stroke Unit at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary.

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