After the introductory information, this evidence-based, experiential, active and participatory 1.5-hour webinar will start at the very beginning of human movement with a focus on maximizing movement for function and fitness while having fun along the life span. Included is a brief introduction of The Meeks Method and its principles of movement, stages of bone development and ideas on how to maximize safe and therapeutic forces on the bones at any age. Participants will be guided through Sit-To-Stand-To-Sit, perhaps the most functional movement we do throughout our life, balance from simple to more complex, and be given many ideas on how to bring safety into a person’s favorite things to do—including sitting and reading or watching TV, Golf, Tennis and Bowling as well as other activities such as Yoga and Pilates. BONE UP!
Level of Instruction: Introduction
- Understand the principles of The Meeks Method so that they can begin to apply these principles the very next day.
- Identify the stages of bone development and the different types of movement necessary for each stage.
- Demonstrate Perch Posture, Hip Hinge and Safe Sit-To-Stand.
- Identify the indications for bracing with the Spinomed IV, to understand why this brace is fundamentally different than other types of bracing and how its use is part of a comprehensive program of osteoporosis management, including athletics , and leisure activities.
- Introductory material on The Meeks Method
- Experience of functional sit-to-stand-to-sit movement
- Discussion of the management dilemmas in persons with osteoporosis and other bone health issues
- General guidelines for functional movement for strong bones
- Stages of bone growth and the important movement considerations in different stages
- Introduction to bracing with the Spinomed Spinal Orthosis for Osteoporosis
- Sara Meeks, PT, MS, GCS, KYT
Sara Meeks, PT, MS, GCS, KYT, a physical therapist with nearly 50 years clinical experience and a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher since 1984, has spent the past 28 years specializing in the unique management implications of persons with low bone mass. She is an international presenter and the owner of SARA MEEKS SEMINARS which is dedicated to the education of health professionals on the management of bone health. Sara is the author of two books on bone health management, has presented at many State APTA Conferences, and has been a presenter at both Annual Conference and CSM. She is the founder of the Special Interest Group on Bone Health and the recipient of the APTA Section on Geriatrics Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice (2001). With her stated mission of creating safety in movement for persons with low bone mass and diagnosed with osteoporosis herself, she brings energy, enthusiasm, and humor into her highly interactive seminars.
Contact Hours: 1.5