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Mirror Therapy Course

October 4, 2014

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Course Description

Mirror Therapy is an emerging therapeutic strategy for treating patients with pain and impaired movement. It integrates established principles of neuromuscular reeducation with supporting evidence in the neuroscience of pain and neuroplasticity.  Mirror therapy is a component of Graded Motor Imagery [GMI] which consists of laterality training, imagery and mirror therapy. This lecture will present a model to understand the role of the brain and ways to use a “top-down” treatment program to treat the changes that occur in the brain. This lecture is appropriate for therapists treating orthopedic as well as neurological consequences of injury.


Susan W. Stralka PT, DPT, MS
Susan is a Licensed Physical Therapist with over 40 years of experience, many of which involved treating both musculoskeletal and neurovascular consequences of injury. She obtained her Physical Therapy degrees, including her Masters of Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees, from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis, Tennessee. She also is a guest lecturer at UTHSC, for the Department of Physical Therapy. Dr. Stralka remains a consultant to the Mays and Schnapp Pain Clinic in Memphis, treating all types of acute and chronic pain dysfunctions. She has a strong clinical background in orthopedics and manual therapy, and has presented nationally and internationally on a wide variety of orthopedic subjects.

Dr. Stralka and two of her colleagues wrote the first exam for the Orthopedic Specialty Certification through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She has many publications to her credit and her most recent publications are “Graded Motor Imagery” in the Journal of Hand Therapy, 2011, and “Thoracic Outlet Syndrome” in the book entitled Neck and Arm Pain Syndromes, 2011. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as a member of the Orthopedics, Neurology, Research, Private Practice and Hand Sections of the APTA. In addition, Dr. Stralka is the recipient of the Dr. Arthur Nelson Honorary Lectureship Award for lectures on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and was the co-recipient of the Rose Excellence in Research Award in 1996. In 2012 Susan received the prestigious Professorship Award called the Dorothy B Kaufmann Lectureship from the Philadelphia Hand Rehabilitation Foundation.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the practical applications of a Mirror Therapy and GMIP with various patient populations
  2. Explain neuroplasticity and the changes that occur in the brain
  3. Recognize the role of normal and abnormal peripheral and central pain mechanisms
  4. Utilize mirror therapy and/or graded motor imagery for musculoskeletal and neurological insults
  5. Apply the information presented on rewiring the brain into clinical practice


7:30 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. Understanding cortical reorganization of the brain
9:30 a.m. What is Mirror Therapy and Graded Motor Imagery?
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Centralization of pain and its consequences
Noon Lunch
1:00 p.m. Clinical application of Mirror Therapy
2:00 p.m. Clinical case reviews and patient care
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Lab: Mirror Therapy and Graded motor imagery
4:30 p.m.

Designing a home program and protocols for home use; Post-test

5:30 p.m. Adjourn


Sanford Seventh & Rosser Clinic
Medical Staff Conference Rooms 1-3
414 N. Seventh St., Bismarck


Price: $200
Deadline: September 15
After September 15, the fee increases to $230

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Contact information

Sanford Health Rehabilitation Center
Attn: Shawna Wing
300 N. Seventh St.
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: (701) 323-8371


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