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Jacqueline Shakar

DPT, MS, PT, OCS, LAT, GTS

Jackie has been a licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer for more than 38 years. She currently works in an outpatient facility, and her clinical focuses include a wide spectrum of patients, including those with pelvic pain, geriatrics, endurance athletes, and those experiencing persistent pain. She received her master's degree in physical therapy from Boston University in 1983 and completed her Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2011.

Jackie is a board-certified orthopedic specialist by the APTA, and she is a full-time professor in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Massachusetts. Jackie is the senior clinical advisor for the Graston Technique(R) and is a member of its instructional team. Jackie utilizes the Graston Technique(R) extensively with her patients at Central Mass PT and Wellness in West Boylston, Massachusetts.

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Graston Technique®: Evidence-Based Management for the Lower Quadrant

Presented by Jacqueline Shakar, DPT, MS, PT, OCS, LAT, GTS

Graston Technique®: Evidence-Based Management for the Lower Quadrant

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Video Runtime: 99 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 41 Minutes

Lower-quadrant movement dysfunctions and pain can occur when the body is injured but also when repetitive strains from malalignments and muscle imbalances are present. These movement dysfunctions can be identified and treated by physical therapists and athletic trainers utilizing a top-down or a bottom-up approach. In a top-down approach, structures of the lumbopelvic and knee complexes are targeted. In this course, a bottom-up approach based on current evidence will be identified and demonstrated utilizing a unique system of evaluation, manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and customizable orthotics to treat lower-quadrant pain and movement dysfunctions. Interventions, including soft-tissue and joint mobility techniques, highlighting the Graston Technique(R), which is a system of instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization (IASTM), will be demonstrated. Evidence-based therapeutic exercise and neuromuscular reeducation strategies that target foot intrinsic muscles and complement manual therapy are included. An efficient, low-cost system of customizable orthotics, which has been found to be an effective adjunct to manual therapy, and exercise interventions will be discussed and shown via demonstration. The information and skills learned in this course can be immediately applied by physical therapists and athletic trainers in a variety of practice sessions, including sessions in outpatient clinics, in the athletic training room, and even in a patient's home or school.

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Plantar Fasciosis and Graston Technique®: Evidence-Based Treatment

Presented by Mike Ploski, PT, ATC, OCS, GTS and Jacqueline Shakar, DPT, MS, PT, OCS, LAT, GTS

Plantar Fasciosis and Graston Technique®: Evidence-Based Treatment

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Video Runtime: 66 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 20 Minutes

Plantar heel pain can be a highly challenging condition to treat for a clinician and a highly debilitating condition that interferes with normal gait and exercise for a patient or athlete. In this course, assessment and treatment strategies will be explored in light of current evidence regarding the most effective strategies to alleviate plantar heel pain due to fasciosis. Manual therapy strategies will highlight the application of the Graston Technique(R) as it is applied dynamically and under load. Therapeutic exercises will be included that target the posterior fascial chain of connective tissue, taking into account current evidence regarding tendinosis exercise progressions. The 4x4 matrix will be utilized to guide exercise selection, position, and load.

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Dysfunctional Breathing Part 1: Background Information and Assessments

Presented by Jacqueline Shakar, DPT, MS, PT, OCS, LAT, GTS

Dysfunctional Breathing Part 1: Background Information and Assessments

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Abnormal/dysfunctional breathing has been identified as a clinical condition that affects one's general health and well-being, pain levels, and neuromusculoskeletal movement strategies/efficiency. Abnormal/dysfunctional breathing has been shown in the literature to accompany many of the conditions that physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and athletic trainers treat clinically, such as low back and neck pain, pelvic pain, anxiety, and depression. There is also emerging empirical evidence that retraining breathing to restore normal breathing patterns can improve functional outcomes and athletic performance. During this course, participants will review respiratory mechanics and physiology under normal and pathological conditions, and identify abnormal or dysfunctional breathing patterns that can be evaluated in their patients. Evidence-based assessments of the respiratory system will be covered. By the completion of this course, participants will gain the skills necessary to effectively integrate evidence-based breathing assessment techniques into their clinical practice.

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Dysfunctional Breathing Part 2: Intervention Strategies

Presented by Jacqueline Shakar, DPT, MS, PT, OCS, LAT, GTS

Dysfunctional Breathing Part 2: Intervention Strategies

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Abnormal or dysfunctional breathing has been identified as a clinical condition that affects one's general health and well-being, pain levels, and neuromusculoskeletal movement strategies/efficiency. Abnormal/dysfunctional breathing has been shown in the literature to accompany many of the conditions that physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and athletic trainers treat clinically such as low back and neck pain, pelvic pain, anxiety, and depression. There is also emerging empirical evidence that retraining breathing to restore normal breathing patterns has been shown to improve functional outcomes and athletic performance. During this course, participants will observe manual therapy techniques that can be applied to facilitate normal breathing patterns in patients and athletes. Evidence-based therapeutic exercise and neuromuscular retraining strategies will be demonstrated as well. By the completion of this course, participants will gain the skills necessary to effectively integrate manual therapy and exercise strategies that facilitate normal breathing patterns into their clinical practice.

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Graston Technique®: Treating the Sensitive Nervous System Part 1 - Neuroscience Background and Evaluation

Presented by Jacqueline Shakar, DPT, MS, PT, OCS, LAT, GTS

Graston Technique®: Treating the Sensitive Nervous System Part 1 - Neuroscience Background and Evaluation

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In this two part series, Jackie Shakar, DPT, MS, OCS, LAT, describes a multimodal intervention approach to the sensitive nervous system. The intervention incorporates Graston Technique, pain neuroscience education, and a neurodevelopmental approach to movement re-education. In Part 1 of the series, theories of pain neuroscience in light of the most recent evidence, and the evaluation of patients with chronic pain will be covered. The course begins with a discussion of the concept of pain neuroscience education (PNE) in light of emerging evidence and the pain vs. tissue damage concept. Next, Dr. Shakar describes evidence-based treatment principles in light of the latest pain neuroscience research. The course concludes with a discussion and demonstration of evidence-based evaluation and outcomes measurement.

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Graston Technique®: Treating the Sensitive Nervous System Part 2 - Manual Therapy and Complimentary Interventions

Presented by Jacqueline Shakar, DPT, MS, PT, OCS, LAT, GTS

Graston Technique®: Treating the Sensitive Nervous System Part 2 - Manual Therapy and Complimentary Interventions

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In this two part series, Jackie Shakar, DPT, MS, OCS, LAT, describes a multimodal intervention approach to the sensitive nervous system. The intervention incorporates Graston Technique, pain neuroscience education, and a neurodevelopmental approach to movement re-education. In Part 2 of the series, Dr. Shakar discusses and demonstrates evidence-based interventions for patients with a sensitive nervous system. The main intervention approach for this population described in this course is manual therapy via the Graston Technique. Participants will be shown how to alter basic strokes and dosage parameters when treating patients with sensitive nervous systems. Alternative interventions such as aerobic exercise, sleep hygiene, stress management, relaxation, meditation, yoga, affirmations/positive thinking, and joy/laughter will also be discussed.

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Nov 8, 2019

Plantar Fasciosis and Graston Technique®: Evidence-Based Treatment

Presented by Mike Ploski and Jacqueline Shakar

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