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Christopher DaPrato

DPT, SCS, CSCS

Dr. DaPrato currently treats professional and NCAA athletes at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley and teaches in the orthopedic residency program for their school of medicine. He is a strong proponent and educator of manual therapy in sports and has presented evidence-informed practices at conferences, both nationally and internationally. After receiving his BS in human physiology, his master's in physical therapy from Long Beach, and his doctorate from Temple University, he went on to become board-certified as a sports clinical specialist through the APTA and received his CSCS through the NSCA. His approach to patient care has become a blend of advanced-level strength and conditioning with manual techniques.

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Applying Cup Therapy Techniques in an Evidence-Based Practice

Presented by Christopher DaPrato, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Applying Cup Therapy Techniques in an Evidence-Based Practice

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Video Runtime: 68 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 32 Minutes

There are many misconceptions about using cupping therapy in treating the human fascial system during manual therapy or with exercise. This course provides clarity for rehabilitation practitioners in the use of cupping therapy by reviewing the appropriate pressures, time durations, dosage, frequency, movement patterns, and specific treatment strategies for common orthopedic, neurologic, and sports impairments, in both exercise and manual therapy. Pre- and posttreatment testing examples are incorporated for enhanced awareness of outcomes and practical clinical applications. In addition, the course covers how to create effective treatment plans with objective outcome measures while navigating documentation and billing codes.

Learning Objectives
  • Determine the appropriate use of cup therapy for a movement restriction and compare it to the inhibition of pain with respect to the location and layer of the body
  • Analyze how the location of a cup on the body can provide an external cue for movement retraining in persons with reduced body awareness or fear avoidance
  • Apply cup therapy principles to the upper extremity, lower extremity, and spine for individuals with range-of-motion restriction or decreased mobility to facilitate improved participation in daily activities
  • Construct a treatment plan with objective outcome measures linked to appropriate documentation and billing for insurance and fee-for-service models

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Updates in Fascial Science: Movement and Manual Interventions

Presented by Christopher DaPrato, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Updates in Fascial Science: Movement and Manual Interventions

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Video Runtime: 55 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 32 Minutes

Fascia is often misinterpreted and taken out of context when treating movement impairments. There are many misconceptions about what is possible when treating the human fascial system with manual therapy or exercise. This course will provide clarity by reviewing the mechanical and neurophysiologic effects of movement and manual therapy on the human fascial system. Practitioners will gain a deeper understanding of how to apply interventions based on myofascial force transmission and fascial gliding properties, steering away from old theories of breaking apart adhesions or fibrosis, to ultimately provide a more knowledgeable approach to patient care.

Learning Objectives
  • Differentiate the terms adhesion, fibrosis, and densification in the human fascial system
  • List the four components of densification in physiology as it relates to connective tissue properties
  • Define the functions of the fibroblast vs the fasciacyte as it relates to mechanical stimulation with movement
  • Recognize the imaging characteristics of myofascial force transmission in MRI research subjects with various ages, genders, and BMIs
  • Adapt the appropriate timing on manual and exercise interventions in the healing stages of tissue inflammation and repair in various demographics in order to facilitate improved patient participation in the plan of care and to improve participation in and performance of meaningful occupations

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What Is and Is Not Evidence-Based in Cupping Therapy

Presented by Christopher DaPrato, DPT, SCS, CSCS

What Is and Is Not Evidence-Based in Cupping Therapy

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Video Runtime: 69 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 31 Minutes

The utilization of cupping tools in manual therapy has become increasingly popular over the last 10 years in the orthopedics and sports settings. There is a gap in the synopsis of the literature for the appropriate dosage, timing, and frequency for the appropriate application of cupping for musculoskeletal impairments. This course will bridge that gap by reviewing modern-day cupping therapy in musculoskeletal management and distinguishing it from traditional theories of negative-pressure uses. Modern-day pneumatic tool choices will be covered, as well as the science, safety, competency, precautions, and contraindications of these tools. Practitioners will gain knowledge of how to incorporate an evidence-based plan of care using cupping with safe and effective guidelines.

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize the treatment mechanism proposed between traditional cupping and modern-day cup therapy with regard to tools, environment, and rationale
  • Outline the specific time frames and pressures used traditionally in cupping with fire cups as compared with modern pneumatic cups
  • Translate the extracellular matrix as it relates to normal versus injured or inflamed tissue, and the use of cup therapy to alter its mechanical properties in the short and medium time frames
  • Outline how to use a simple screening tool for precautions and contraindications when using cup therapy to prevent harm in sensitive populations and facilitate participation in daily activities

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