Course Description

16 contact hours (CEUs) for continuing education

Nationally recognized as an effective evidence-based fall prevention program, Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® (TJQMBB) is a Tai Chi based exercise program designed specifically for balance training for older adults. This program is the result of over 15 years of research and development with a well-organized 8-form core routine and an extensive subroutine of integrated therapeutic exercises. As an evidence-based balance training modality for older adults, the program focuses on stimulating musculoskeletal, sensory, and cognitive systems via self-initiated, controlled movements with an emphasis on training limits of stability and balance recovery reactions. The TJQMBB exercises focus on improving sensory integration, limits of stability, anticipatory and reactive balance strategy control, functional adaption, cognitive multi-tasking and effective gait patterns with the goals of improving balance, enhancing performance of daily functional tasks, and reducing risk of falls.

In this course, you will learn the TJQMBB forms and therapeutic exercises that are integral to this evidence based program. These exercises provide essential tools for every therapist to expand their balance training toolkit to address fall prevention intervention with older adults. Knowing Tai Chi beforehand is not required. Participants will apply the material learned in small group case applications to improve the management of patients at risk for falls.  

Course Objectives

  • Understand the research on Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance (TJQMBB) and fall reduction with older adults

  • Describe the systems underlying balance and changes that occur with aging

  • Demonstrate 4 of the TJQMBB 8 form routine that are used clinically and identify the key balance training principles

  • Perform and apply Tai Ji Quan - Mini Therapeutic Movement exercises as clinical balance training tools for fall prevention

  • Teach TJQMBB forms to improve reactive balance in real world situations

  • Integrate TJQMBB balance focused movements into any clinical practice

Quotes from Students

“Jan was enthusiastic to her topic. […] After 37 years of practice it is refreshing to learn such simple and functional techniques”

“Love this course, Jan did a good job of connecting clinical relevance! :)”

“This was an excellent course, I will be able to translate into my practice immediately”

Course Agenda

 
 

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance® for Healthcare Professionals
Integration of Evidence Based Fall Prevention Program in Therapeutic Application

 

DAY TWO

8:00 - 9:00 Evidence Based Exercise Prescription for Balance and Fall Prevention

9:00 - 12:00 Practice Session

  • Tai Ji Quan - Mini Therapeutic Movements®

    • Training Gait and Multidirectional Stepping

    • Training Functional Transitional Mobility

    • Training Sensory Integration

    • Training Cognitive Challenge

LUNCH

1:00 - 3:30 Case Applications

  • Small group application of treatment strategies to patient cases

3:30 - 4:30 Practice Session

  • Core Forms 1-8

4:30 - 5:00 Questions | Wrap-up

DAY ONE

8:00 - 9:00 TJQMBB Research Base and Program Overview
9:00 - 12:00 Practice Session

  • Preparatory Exercises

  • Core Forms 1, 2, 4-6

LUNCH

1:00 - 2:00 Balance Trainings Systems and Older Adults
2:00 - 5:00 Practice Session

  • Tai Ji Quan - Mini Therapeutic Movements®

    • Training Limits of Stability

    • Training Balance Recovery

 

Registration

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