Postural Exercise Modification: A Developmental Kinesiology Perspective – Dr. Clare Frank

Postural Exercise Modification: A Developmental Kinesiological Perspective

The ability to modify exercises for your patients and clients is a staple of daily practice. The role of postural stabilization, understanding developmental kinesiology and addressing neuromuscular function are also critical aspects to consider when making those modifications. We will look at options for common exercises and assess some of the biomechanical differences. While at the same time looking at these options through the lens of DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization).

Learning Objectives
o Discuss the functional regional interdependence of myofascia-skeletal and the nervous system.
o Describe ideal respiration & postural stabilization from a developmental perspective.
o Describe the dual functional role of the diaphragm for respiration & stabilization.
o Discuss the importance of sagittal stabilization and joint centration as a basis for complex movements.
o Discuss the principles of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization and its application to training & performance.

* This webinar is intended for Healthcare Professionals. 

About the Presenter:

Clare Frank, PT, DPT, MS, OCS, FAAOMPT

Dr. Frank received her physical therapy degree from Northern Illinois University. She completed the Kaiser Permanente Orthopedic Residency program in 1993 while working on her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy & Biokinesiology at University of Southern California. She then went on to receive her post-professional doctorate degree from Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California in 2003. She is a board-certified specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) and a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy (FAAOMPT). Her clinical career has been greatly influenced by Shirley Sahrmann PT, PhD, and the Prague School of Manual Medicine faculty, namely, the late Vladimir Janda MD, DSc, the late Karel Lewit MD and Pavel Kolar PT, PhD.   

Dr. Frank is the director and founder of Movement Links, Inc., an educational company promoting a deeper understanding and application of the movement system approach.  She also serves as a clinical instructor and preceptor for the Spine Rehabilitation Fellowship at Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles.  She served as the Program Director of Azusa Pacific University Advanced Clinical Fellowship in Movement & Performance (2016-2022),  the medical team for the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships held in Los Angeles, rehab & performance team for the Chinese Olympic National Training Center in Beijing, China (2010-2018).

Dr. Frank is also a certified instructor for Kolar’s Approach to Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization and has co-authored “Assessment and Treatment of Muscle Imbalances: The Janda Approach”.  She continues to maintain a limited private practice in the Los Angeles area and teaches in the U.S. and internationally.