Pediatric Trunk Posture – The Significance of Extension

Posture is the basis for movement...

Posture is the basis for movement…

This FREE after-hours program details the scientific and clinical evidence which supports the well-known pediatric management principle: “proximal stability precedes distal mobility.”

A light dinner is provided usually starting at 5:30 pm. The course begins promptly at 6:00 and continues until 8:00 pm, for a total of 2.0 contact hours. CEU credits for PT’s are generally awarded; check with the course sponsor for details.

Continuing professional education programs offered by Progressive GaitWays, LLC are available to all qualified physical therapists on a nondiscriminatory basis. Information provided should be used within scope of practice.

Presenter Beverly Cusick (PT, MS, NDT, COF) describes the ideal sequence of neuromotor acquisition and resting postures, and documents the relationship of faulty trunk control to limb muscle contracture in children with diplegic CP. She discusses sensory, biomechanical, kinesiological, and neuromotor aspects of both normal and compromised development of trunk alignment and control. She describes the influence of postural alignment and control on movement acquisition and skills, and offers suggestions for science-based orthotic intervention.

Finally, Ms. Cusick introduces the new code-verified TherAlign DragonFly™  TLSO System as an example of a modality that can effectively address postural management issues.

Program Objectives

Attendees completing this program are expected to be able to:

  • Describe the two fundamental kinesiologic ingredients for motor development and the typical sequence and expected age of their achievement.
  • Explain the contribution of antigravity righting reactions to postural control acquisition and maintenance.
  • Explain the relationship between body sway detection, postural control, and effective limb use.
  • Relate defective postural control to limb muscle contracture formation in children with pyramidal-type cerebral palsy.
  • Define muscle balance and muscle imbalance, and discuss related use histories in functioning joint alignment and resulting muscle strength.
  • Bring Sahrmann’s muscle-balance-promoting management principles to a discussion the effects on trunk muscle strength and on postural control of providing orthosis-assisted postural alignment.

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Beverly (Billi) Cusick, PT, MS, COF is an internationally-known pediatric physical therapist whose specialty is the management of lower extremity deformity, particularly in children with cerebral palsy and other CNS deficits.

Ms. Cusick received her BS in PT from Bouve College at Northeastern University (Boston), and her MS in Clinical and College Teaching for Allied Health Professionals from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She is an Associate Professor for the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions – Pediatrics Program – Provo, Utah (2006-present) and is NDT basic- and baby-trained.

Since 1978 she has written or co-authored over a dozen publications. She has guest-lectured at annual conferences of the APTA, the NDTA, and the American Academy of CP and Developmental Medicine; at the ISPO Consensus Conference for Orthotics in CP; for the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists; and most recently at the International Conference on Cerebral Palsy in Sydney, Australia.

Ms. Cusick is the founder of Progressive GaitWays, LLC and the inventor, President, and Chief Medical Officer of TheraTogs, Inc.

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