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Chronic Pain SIG - Graded Motor Imagery Part 2: Lab practice, case studies and clinical applications
St. Catherine's University
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CST
Category: SIGS

*Two Part Series on Graded Motor Imagery. You are welcome to attend one or both sessions. Part 1 is scheduled 2/21/18.

Part 2 Agenda:


  • Brief review of GMI theory, testing, and treatment interventions outlined in part 1.
  • Lab practice with 2 point discrimination, laterality, visualization, sensory retraining, and mirror therapy
  • Additional case studies and applications to a variety of pain conditions including CRPS, CVA, shoulders, SCI, low back pain, and neuropathy.


Course Description: 

Complex chronic pain conditions are often difficult to treat and can interfere with a variety of ADL/IADL, vocational, social, and other life tasks. In addition, people with persistent pain often have resulting secondary barriers as a result of disturbances to sleep, energy, mood, activity tolerance, ROM, memory, and various other factors. Research addressing “top down” approaches to pain treatment which utilize neuroplasticity to retrain the nervous system have increasing support in the literature and are an area for clinical practice development for OTs working in a variety of settings.

Part 1 of this two part series focused on the theory behind GMI and the didactic presentation of the stages. Part 2 will focus on applying GMI techniques including pain neuroscience education, laterality/ left right discrimination, motor imagery/ visualization, sensory retraining, and mirror therapy in a hands on lab session. Time will be dedicated to applying treatment interventions to a variety of diagnoses including complex regional pain syndrome, shoulder pain, low back pain, neuropathy, pre- amputation, and others of interest to the participants.

Speaker Bios:  

Lindsay Marth, MA, OTR/L, TPS graduated from the University of MN with a BS in biology and completed her graduate work at St Catherine University (SCU) in 2008. After working in community mental health for 5 years, she joined the Minneapolis VA in 2013 to be part of a multi-disciplinary team hired to build their comprehensive pain center (CPC). She is currently working as a pain clinical specialist in the VA CPC and as assistant faculty for International Spine and Pain Institute (ISPI). She has completed her certification as a Therapeutic Pain Specialist through ISPI/EIM. Lindsay also serves as an adjunct professor at SCU, instructing in their weekend MAOT program. Lindsay is an AOTA and MOTA member and is involved in the MOTA Government Affairs Committee and OT for the Advancement of MN Mental Health Services (OTAMMHS). 

Maggie Manning, MS OTR/L graduated from the University of MN with a BS in Kinesiology and went on to complete her graduate work at Sacred Heart University in 2014. After a brief period of working in a sensory integration clinic, she found her passion in working with our veterans at the Minneapolis VA. She is excited to start her new role in the Minneapolis VA in the Comprehensive Pain Center after working in their sub-acute rehabilitation center for three years


Learning Objectives:
Through engagement in this educational session participants will be able to:
1. Recall the core stages and rationale of GMI with a brief review.
 2. Demonstrate through hands on lab basic skills and tools involved in implementation in the clinic.
 3. Identify ways to modify intervention to meet a variety of common complex pain conditions for both outpatient and inpatient settings.


Target Audience: OTR, OTA, OTS.

Course Level:  Intermediate

Event Location:
33 Fontbonne (the room in Fontbonne closest to the parking lot)
St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

Fee: MOTA members Free          Non-members $20.00 

Continuing Education Credits:  2.0 CEU

 This course fulfills the AOTA Classification Code for Continuing Education Activities: Category 1:Domain of OT and Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process

                                       Register Here - Part 2






Contact: Karen Carr- email: [email protected]