Rehabilitation care is evolving. While the mid 20th century saw medicine’s focus shift from acute infectious disease control toward chronic disease management, the role of rehabilitation professionals in the 21st century must also answer this call for chronic care intervention. Poor nutrition and obesity are the two main drivers contributing to the epidemic proportions of chronic disease that is now overwhelming the biomedical model and health care system today. These directly affect pathophysiological conditions managed by healthcare professionals. Further, education in nutritional considerations broadens career opportunities and effectiveness as a practitioner in the wellness and health promotion domains. It also allows healthcare pros to interact more effectively with the rest of the patient care team and take their place on the frontlines of medicine.
This course prepares clinicians to affect neuromuscular, psychoemotional, and neuroendocrine outcomes via identification of nutritional risk factors and resource utilization within a biopsychosocial, multi-disciplinary framework, supported by the World Health Organization, Institute of Medicine, and World Confederation for Physical Therapy. It also prepares them to affect change as partners in the Health People 2020 vision for America, leading the fight against chronic disease. Additionally, understanding the gut-brain-body axis is vital for the prevention and rehabilitation intervention that therapists deliver and this course explains the history and current clinical status of this well-supported phenomenon. Addressing nutrition within a plan of care is an integral facet of rehabilitation now and for the future, and this course provides the building blocks to prepare the rehabilitation professional for cutting-edge practice.
This Seminar-on-Demand is 5 contact hours in length (check your state’s approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
Identifying eight major risk factors: Modifiable lifestyle choices
Osteoarthritis: facts and figures
Chronic disease management in rehabilitation
Inflammations long arm of destruction
Allostatic load types
Recognition of when an amygdala highjack is occurring
What is Epigenome?
Historical context of preventions
Nutritional considerations for rehab professionals
How to influence proactive behaviors
The biopsychological model: A pentagon of wellness
Nutritional education and patient counseling
Vitamins and minerals
Four nutrition keys for pelvic health
The FODMAP diet
What are GMO’s?
Public health safety recommendations
Gut-brain axis: The psychoemotional facet
This course is intended to instruct the professional through a study on nutritional considerations for rehab professionals.
At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- List predisposing risk factors for, and prevalence of, chronic disease influenced by nutrition which affect rehab outcomes.
- Identify the critical role that nutrition plays in systemic all-health outcomes.
- Identify how the most common orthopaedic problem in America today could be prevented and/or meditated through nutritional considerations and resource utilization in rehab.
- List common inflammatory mediators and biomarkers.
- Define the gut microbiome and epigenome in order to understand how they impact rehab outcomes.
- Identify precursors of gut dysfunction and changeable morphological and genetic risk factors.
- Describe the “gut-brain-body” axis.
- Identify the role of psychoneuroendocrinology in order to understand how to affect change in the “gut-brain-body” axis.
- List the variables which are evolving 21st century practice in rehabilitation.
- Describe outcome measures used in nutritional screening.
- List the systemic impact of using a biopsychosocial intervention method for nutritional counseling in rehabilitation.
- List dietary resources and educational materials that can be used during nutritional counseling for rehabilitation professionals.
- Describe the impacts of nutrition and environmental science on special populations across the lifespan.
Criteria for Completion:
A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved.
Contact Hours: 5
Target Audience: Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Athletic Trainers, Speech-Language Pathologists and Registered Nurses.