Cervical spine motor control retraining

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Lectures 3
CPD Hours 00:17:50

Cervical spine motor control retraining

Course Description

If you treat the cervical spine, when will motor control retraining help you achieve better results with neck pain? How can you decide if motor control exercises should be incorporated in your treatment? If motor control retraining is indicated, how can you assess which exercises or cervical cues will specifically help your patient to recover from their for neck pain or referred upper limb pain?

In this video, Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist Caitlin Farmer will take you through assessment of cervical spine motor control, choosing exercises, and progressing your patient's control during functional tasks.

Part 1

  • Assessment of cervical spine motor control

  • When and how to retrain cervical spine motor control

  • Motor control in a functional task

  • Objective tests you can use in combination with cervical cues

  • Positions to start retraining deep neck flexors

  • Cueing for cervical multifidus

  • Deciding whether deep neck flexors or cervical multifidus should be trained

Part 2

  • Retraining deep neck flexors

  • Choosing your assessment task

  • The order of treatment

  • Surface anatomy and palpation of cervical multifidus

  • Supine arm lift

  • Retraining motor patterns

  • Identifying when you need to treat other areas

  • Examples of motor control cues for multifidus, deep neck flexors

  • Identifying the best motor control cue for your patient

  • Motor control in specific functional tasks e.g. arm lift

Part 3

  • Motor control in specific functional tasks

  • Other factors in motor control

  • Conclusion

  1. Now Viewing - 00:06:33 Cervical spine motor control part 1
  2. 00:07:47 Cervical spine motor control part 2
  3. 00:03:30 Cervical spine motor control part 3


Caitlin Farmer Melbourne VIC, Australia

Caitlin graduated from Latrobe University in 2000 and completed her post-graduate Masters degree in Musculoskeletal physiotherapy in 2011. She has worked as a physiotherapist in Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada in a variety of settings including outpatients and the emergency department. She currently teaches other physiotherapists and medical professionals in a number of areas. Caitlin is currently the lead tutor on ‘The ConnectTherapy™ Series' with Dr LJ Lee in Australia which uses the Integrated Systems model (ISM) developed by Dr Linda-Joy Lee and Diane Lee. 

Caitlin has had many years experience in treating sports injuries and has been a physiotherapist for football, netball and elite wheelchair and juniors tennis. She has a particular interest in chronic and complex pain, movement dysfunction and muscle imbalance and takes an evidence-based, holistic and functional approach to her patients.

More information on Caitlin Farmer can be found at http://www.cliftonhillphysiotherapy.com.au/