I am the newest physical therapist at Eliott’s Corner in Beijing. In November, I had the privilege of attending and presenting at the Development on Theory and Technology of Chinese-Western Integrated Rehabilitation Continuing Education program, sponsored by Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The attendees included over 60 therapists from all over China. I was invited to give a presentation that involved a case series that I completed just prior to moving to China in fall 2013. The purpose of the case series was to explore the innovative application of a newly developed gaming system for training sitting and standing balance for people with neurological impairments. The presentation highlighted evidence-based principles regarding neurological recovery and clinical decision-making regarding balance interventions. The topic was well received and the concrete examples of balance interventions provided via videos within the presentation seemed to be very effective.
It was very interesting to be able to attend some of the other presentations at this continuing education program. A few of
the presentations covered the current state of rehabilitation in China and the profession’s future here. This includes a movement toward greater evidence-based practice and interventions, standardized assessments, and improved clinical decision making skills. It was exciting for me to see the eagerness demonstrated by the therapists in facilitating this change in China. I think Olivia’s Place is in a great position to support these exciting developments!