Somatosensory Reweighting

Forcing Reorganization in the Impaired or Compensating Nervous System

Presented by Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST

March 5, 2017 | Providence Portland Medical Center
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This is an intermediate to advanced program that will enlighten attendees to frequently unrecognized opportunities in balance retraining for patients with impaired balance.

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JoAnna Mullett

Course Objectives

This course will focus on rehabilitation of patients with sensory impairment: neuropathy, vestibulopathy, spinal cord lesion (MS, SCI) and cortical lesions (stroke, MS, tumor), and will cover recent technological advances that will allow us to better detect, classify, treat and analyze rehabilitative gains in various forms of balance impairment. Direct clinical applications will include improved testing and rehabilitation individuals with non-specific visual dependence.

Through attendance of this course, participants will:

  • Reliably test and identify patients with abnormal or pathologic visual dependence in balance and upper extremity function.
  • Critically appraise balance measures for their ability to determine sensory contributions to the examination.
  • Identify and be ready to apply treatment options to reduce abnormal sensory dependence in balance for multiple conditions.
  • Translate the recovery of somatosensory function into quality of life improvements for UE recovery and balance for clients with neurologic impairment, as seen in the ICF and quality of life indices.
  • Identify new technologies for diagnostic and therapeutic intervention in the arena of reweighting.



Register online using the form below. Confirmations will be emailed; registration is first-come, first-served.

Registration Fee:

The registration fee of $225 per person covers continental breakfast, refreshments, certificate and course manual.

Receive a $25 early-bird registration discount if you register online or registration is postmarked by February 11, 2017.

Refund Policy:

Full refunds less a $25 administrative fee will be granted if cancellation is requested by February 18. No refunds will be made after that date unless the course is cancelled by Providence Rehabilitation Services, in which case full refunds will be issued.

Target Audience

This course is intended for physical and occupational therapists, with a focus on balance, upper-extremity recovery, gait and ADLs.

Contact Hours:

This course qualifies for 6.25 contact hours for Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, and Occupational Therapy Assistants in Oregon. Certificates of attendance will be issued to all participants completing the CEU requirements.

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About the Speaker


Mike received his physical therapy degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his post-professional MHS degree in physical therapy with neurologic emphasis from the University of Indianapolis. He is recent past Chair of the Geriatric Section’s Balance and Falls Special Interest Group and is currently Vice-Chair of the same group for the Neurology Section of the APTA. He has served as a two-term vice-president of the Neurology Section of the APTA and has been board-certified as a Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy since 1995.

Mike recently earned the Certified Exercise Expert in the Aging Adult (CEEAA) designation by the Geriatric Section of the APTA and is a full-time treating therapist at and founder of Northwest Rehabilitation Associates in Oregon. Having presented courses on cognitive processing in mobility and ADLs since 1995, Mike has additionally published more than 19 articles on the subjects of balance, stroke, cognition and geriatric rehabilitation, including such manuscripts as PT Journal, the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy and Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. He has been a guest lecturer at multiple state and national conventions as well as universities, presenting multiple times on an international basis.

In 2011, Mike received the Neurology Section Clinician of the Year – a national award from the American Physical Therapy Association. In 2014, he received the same award from the Geriatric Section of the APTA, making him the only clinician to have received these awards from two different sections on a national level.


Sunday, March 5

 7:30 a.m.  Registration, Continental Breakfast
 8 a.m. Neurophysiology of the sensory systems: Vision, Vestibular, and Somatosensory
 8:45 a.m. The principles of neuroplasticity, as applied to the sensory system
 9:15 a.m. The dynamics of sensory reweighting: evidence and historical perspectives
 9:40 a.m.    Sensory reweighting and compensatory neural mechanisms in balance
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Sensory reweighting in vestibulopathy and concussion
11:30 a.m. Sensory reweighting in stroke - Opportunistic Use Therapy (OUT) for upper extremity recovery
12:15 p.m. Lunch
 1:15 p.m. Testing AND training specific to sensory modalities involved in balance and extremity recovery across different diagnoses
 2:15 p.m. Case studies: imbalance, neuropathy, stroke, and vestibular
 3:15 p.m. Break
 3:30 p.m. Future technological advancements relevant to somatosensory testing and training
 4:05 p.m. Questions and discussion


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