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Physiotherapists Together in Challenging Times: Resources, Free Online Courses, and Free Webinars

The Embodia team hopes that you, your family, and your teams are healthy and safe.

Five years ago, we founded Embodia to support physiotherapists and rehabilitation practitioners to deliver the best possible care to patients through digital home exercise programs and to support clinicians with online continuing education.

Today we are facing uncertainty, so we need to find new ways to learn and grow. How can we — as a community — help each other through these difficult times?

This blog will outline:

  1. Trusted resources to stay up-to-date on the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak
  2. Free continuing education courses available on Embodia
  3. Upcoming live webinars with Embodia instructors

We are here to support our community of healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers during this uncertain time. Please reach out to us directly if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions: support@embodiaapp.com

Trusted Resources: COVID-19 Outbreak

With the WHO’s formal declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, we understand that this is a very challenging time for you, your staff and your patients. The number of confirmed global COVID-19 cases has topped 168,000 (World Health Organization, March 16, 2020). Globally, healthcare systems are working to contain local infection control and disease management, particularly for our most vulnerable people.

People with COVID-19 typically present with respiratory illness and fever. Current infection rates suggest that 16 percent of all affected
patients develop serious illness (World Health Organization, March 11, 2020). People over 65 and those with underlying health concerns — such as diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease — are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, March 11, 2020.) The acute care sector has a critical role in supporting effective and appropriate care for individuals with suspected and confirmed cases.

At the same time, the pandemic potential of COVID-19 is poised to overtax health systems already strained by peak flu season and system capacity. Without a systematic, agile and coordinated approach, COVID-19 may further burden under-resourced hospitals.

It’s important to stay informed about the state of coronavirus for the health and safety of your friends, family, and co-workers. Please visit the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control websites for up-to-date information. Also, be sure to check out your local health agencies and authorities for updates about your area.

Here's a list of other helpful resources for physiotherapists, clinicians and clinic owners:

  • How a throughline focused on virtue may be a key strategy for physician leaders to stay in the infinite game :  
    • We are at a tipping point in society, where income inequality, employment instability, and a fundamental lack of societal virtue are poisoning the well of happiness. In his seminal 1776 work, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith said, “Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production; and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer.” He spoke of the importance of allowing just and balanced market forces to allow optimization of the interests of the consumer and business alike, leading to centuries of incremental growth in the wealth of nations. 
  • MaRS’s COVID-19 Virtual Learning Hub

    • MaRS has created a dedicated section on the MaRS learning hub for responding to COVID-19. In there you will find recommended steps for management teams to follow, templates for communicating with employees, tools for supporting both teams and individuals, and a repository of helpful articles and information. They'll be building this out over the next few weeks as they learn what is working and what you need.

  • 8 Ways to Be Calm and Prepared During Crisis: Podcast with Lewis Howe:
    • Instead of panicking, we should be focusing on what we can do to prevent the virus from spreading and how we can best respond to the chaos around us.
  • How a throughline focused on virtue may be a key strategy for physician leaders to stay in the infinite game :  
    • We are at a tipping point in society, where income inequality, employment instability, and a fundamental lack of societal virtue are poisoning the well of happiness. In his seminal 1776 work, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith said, “Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production; and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer.” He spoke of the importance of allowing just and balanced market forces to allow optimization of the interests of the consumer and business alike, leading to centuries of incremental growth in the wealth of nations. 

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is here and has impacted the globe. Economies have slowed, people have died, and travel bans have been put into place. Here in Canada, cleaning supplies and other necessities are being hoarded and being cleared off shelves. People in our communities are internalizing fight-or-flight responses, and it’s pushing many toward a mindset of scarcity. With all of these worries stacking up, it can feel like life as we know it is completely out of control.

You can’t control what people do, but you can control how you react.

We are in this together and we can get through this together. Be kind to one another and be prepared, but take only what you need. Here's a short video clip to lift your spirits that has been spreading across social media showing Italians joining together to sing from their balconies:

Embodia has many free and paid continuing education opportunities. Below we will outline our free resources that you can access from home, anywhere in the world.

Free Continuing Education Courses for Physiotherapists & Rehabilitation Professionals

Embodia Academy, a learning management system (LMS), is an online learning platform for physiotherapists and rehabilitation professionals.

Embodia works with more than 200 continuing education instructors and partners, including the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, to make it easy and accessible for all therapists to learn on their schedule and time. Embodia Academy hosts both static, take on your time and pace courses, and live online sessions (webinars). Below, we have outlined all of our free courses for healthcare professionals that you can take on your time and schedule:

  1. Ask Me Anything with Dave Walton & Jim Elliott
  2. Yoga As A Therapeutic Approach In Pelvic Health Care with Shelly Prosko
  3. K-Taping for Women's Health Basics by Sabrina Silla and OrthoCanada
  4. Foundational Aquatic Therapy by Alison Bonnyman
  5. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction: The Missing Link in Persistent LBP? by Carolyn Vandyken
  6. Biopsychosocial: It's More Than Just a Buzzword by Carolyn Vandyken
  7. APTEI: BLAME: Flatulence, Tickling & WADs by Bahram Jam
  8. Art Greets Science In Motion Mini Class by Robin Kerr and Antony Lo
  9. Resource Package: Pain Education for Patients by Carolyn Vandyken
  10. Bien Vivre Avec Des Douleurs Persistantes by Marie-Helene Jutras
  11. Breathing Essentials: The Beginning by Debra Dent
  12. Mini Class on Mechanical Pain by Carolyn Vandyken
  13. Pain Education for Patients: French Version by Carolyn Vandyken
  14. How to Start and Design your Physiotherapy Clinic by Rick Lau, Darryl Yardley, Razi Khaddage, Tammy Boucher & Paul Moon
  15. Radial Shockwave Training Essentials by Rosen Kolev, Razi Khaddage & OrthoCanada

If you are an Embodia Member, there are an additional 40+ free courses in our library for you. Please click here to see all specially priced courses for members

Upcoming Live Webinars for Physiotherapists & Rehabilitation Professionals

Embodia hosts live webinars that you can join from anywhere so long as you have an internet connection. Here are all of our upcoming webinars:

Management Strategies for Central Sensitization: An Introduction to the Pain Truth Certification Program with Bahram Jam of APTEI

  • When: Tuesday, March 24th at 20:00 pm EDT.
  • Where: Register by clicking here
  • Who: This webinar is for everyone interested in learning more about Management Strategies for Central Sensitization.
  • What: Those who join the webinar will be able to ask Bahram Jam questions directly.
  • Cost: Free for Embodia Members and $20 for non-members

An Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine and Medical Therapeutic Yoga in Clinical Practice with Ginger Garner

  • When: Tuesday, March 31st at 20:00 pm EDT.
  • Where: Online - join from anywhere! Once you register you will receive instructions on how to join.
  • Who: This webinar is for everyone interested in learning more about Medical Therapeutic Yoga and Integrative Medicine.
  • What: Those who join the webinar will be able to ask Ginger Garner questions directly.
  • Cost: Free

The Top Ten Strategies to Create Patients for Life and Boosting Profits by Dr. Aaron LeBauer

  • When: Wednesday, Apr 01, 2020 - 12:00 pm (EDT).
  • Where: Online - join from anywhere! Once you register you will receive instructions on how to join.
  • Who: All health and fitness professionals.
  • What: Those who join the webinar will be able to ask Dr Aaron Lebauer questions directly.
  • Cost: Free

Coaching, Communication, and the Therapeutic Alliance to Help Manage Persistent Pain by Maxi Miciak, Jason Silvernail & Sandra Woods

  • When: Thursday, April 2nd at 20:00 pm EDT.
  • Where: Online - join from anywhere! Once you register you will receive instructions on how to join.
  • Who: This webinar is for everyone interested in learning more about clinical practice.
  • What: Those who join the webinar will be able to ask questions directly to Maxi, Jason and Sandra.
  • Cost: $50 for Embodia and CPA Members - $65 for non-members ($35 for Pain Science Division members)

A Systematic Approach to Assessing the Young Adult with Hip Pain by Dr. Femi Ayeni

  • When: Tuesday, Apr 07, 2020 - 19:00 pm (EDT).
  • Where: Online - join from anywhere! Once you register you will receive instructions on how to join.
  • Who: All health and fitness professionals.
  • What: Those who join the webinar will be able to ask Dr. Femi Ayeni questions directly.
  • Cost: Free

Ask Me Anything with Jodi Steele

  • When: Thursday, Apr 23, 2020 - 19:00 pm (EDT).
  • Where: Online - join from anywhere! Once you register you will receive instructions on how to join.
  • Who: All healthcare professionals.
  • What: Those who join the webinar will be able to ask Jodi Steele questions directly.
  • Cost: Free

GI Dysfunction in the Immediate Post-Partum Era by Susan Clinton

  • When: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 19:30 pm (EDT).
  • Where: Online - join from anywhere! Once you register you will receive instructions on how to join.
  • Who: All healthcare professionals.
  • What: Those who join the webinar will be able to ask Susan Clinton questions directly.
  • Cost: Free for Embodia Members and $20 for non-members

Ask Me Anything with Darryl Yardley

  • When: Monday, May 25, 2020 - 20:00 pm (EDT).
  • Where: Online - join from anywhere! Once you register you will receive instructions on how to join.
  • Who: All healthcare professionals.
  • What: Those who join the webinar will be able to ask Darryl Yardley questions directly.
  • Cost: Free

An Introduction to BET PhysioPilates with Rochenda Howard

  • When: Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 20:00 pm (EDT).
  • Where: Online - join from anywhere! Once you register you will receive instructions on how to join.
  • Who: All healthcare professionals.
  • What: Those who join the webinar will be able to ask Rochenda Howard questions directly.
  • Cost: Free

Courses for the General Public

Embodia also has a library of online courses that are available to the general public. You can find the full listing of these courses by going here

Finally, here are a few reminders that we get through this together

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller

"None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful." – Mother Teresa

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