Cervical Motor Control and Cervicogenic Dizziness – Australian Evidence Based Approach

November 30, 2016 5:00-8:30 pm
WCU Health & Human Sciences Building, Room 229
Registration Continuing Competence Contact Hours: 3

Early Registration- $50
Late Registration- $65 (after November 25)

Register for both Lumbar and Cervical Courses:
Early Registration- $80
Late Registration- $95 (after November 11)



This lab-intensive course focuses on key aspects of core motor control and balance for individuals with neck pain. Attendees will learn techniques for scapular and cervical spinal muscle palpation and identification of muscle substitutions. Application of contemporary research for exercise prescription and progression will be complemented by demonstration of optimal cueing and educational strategies. Identification and treatment of cervicogenic dizziness will also be discussed.


Physical Therapists and Assistants


Upon completion of this educational course, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate palpation of local and global spinal muscle systems while providing correct cueing techniques.
  2. Demonstrate techniques for retraining and restoring control of the deep stabilizers statically and dynamically while progressing exercises.
  3. Demonstrate proper exercise instruction for local and global muscle activation and breathing control.
  4. Describe the signs, symptoms and clinical presentation associated with cervicogenic dizziness and appropriate treatment techniques.


5:00-5:30 Cervical stabilization lecture
5:30-6:30 Cervical stabilization lab*
6:30-7:00 Break
7:00-8:00 Cervical stabilization lab*
8:00-8:30 Cervicogenic dizziness lecture
*Participants should wear comfortable lab clothing


Kate Hoppensteadt, MSPT, ManipPhysio, COMT Kate is a clinician, educator and private practice owner with 17 years of clinical experience. Her expertise includes management of chronic back pain, headaches, whiplash injuries, dizziness, and TMD. She is a certified orthopedic manual therapist and earned her M.S. in Manipulative Physiotherapy from the University of Australia in Sydney after receiving her MPT from Western Carolina University. Kate has been a Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (MAPS) instructor since 2004, and has presented at MAPS Symposiums on spine stabilization and cervicogenic dizziness. More recently, she contributed to development of the upper cervical dysfunction course for MAPS. She incorporates an eclectic approach to her practice and her teaching combining philosophies of Maitland, McKenzie, Hodges, Mulligan, Jull, and McConnell.


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