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Webinar: A Review and Perspective on Maximizing Brain Plasticity: Priming the Nervous System to Le
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Webinar:  A Review and Perspective on Maximizing Brain Plasticity:  Priming the Nervous System to Le

When: Wednesday, August 26
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
United States
Presenter: Nancy Byl, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Contact: Rita Pierson
(916) 929-2782 x105

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Course Description

This webinar will outline the rationale for priming the nervous system to learn across patient populations commonly presenting for physical therapy. The neuromuscular system is said to be adaptable across the life span, however there are obstacles to maximizing neural adaptation relative to immunity, cognitive processing, healing and recovery from health challenges across age, trauma and disease. To prime the nervous system it is essential for individuals to think positively, engage in healthy life style practices, integrate safe new trends for healing and pain management and follow the principles of neuroplasticity.


Course Objectives

Following this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  • Outline the goals of priming the nervous system to learn
  • Summarize practical examples of healthy lifestyle practices
  • Delineate new trends to maximize healing and pain
  • Summarize some practical protocols integrating neural priming strategies in practice

August 26th
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Presentation and Q&A

Speaker Bio(s)

Nancy Byl, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Dr. Byl is Professor and Chair Emeritus, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.

Dr. Byl has been a practicing clinician in physical therapy for +50 years. She has a strong history in the profession from leadership in education, clinical care and research. With gifted faculty, Nancy developed the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at UCSF and the UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy. Over the last 3 decades she transitioned from animal-based models of wound healing and overuse syndromes to clinical research studying the etiology of focal dystonia, applications of rehabilitation technology and learning based intervention strategies to facilitate recovery of function in patients post CVA, PD, brain trauma and dystonia. Working with collaborators in neuroscience, we designed an animal model to study the etiology of focal hand dystonia. Our findings created a paradigm shift in the understanding of focal dystonia as neural maladaptation of sensory and motor processing versus psychopathology. Based on these research findings we developed a learning based sensorimotor training program as a critical component of recovery for patients with neurological dysfunction including focal hand dystonia. Despite a strong commitment to education and research, Nancy developed the UCSF Faculty Practice, the Health Program for Performing Artists and the Health and Wellness Center where she consistently provided patient care to individuals and offered an intensive group exercise class for patients with Parkinson’s Disease. She currently lives in Reno. She volunteers as a physical therapist in an outpatient orthopedic practice, is a volunteer faculty member for the Osher Learning Institute at the University of Nevada, serves on the CPTA Education and Quality Practice Committees and serves as the President of the PT Fund. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation of Physical Therapy Research. She is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow in the APTA.


2.0 contact hours or 0.2 CEUs

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Format: Lecture with on-line Q&A.
Target Audience: PT, PTA, and Students. Open to all Allied Health Professionals


Registration received by August 26, 2020
$25 APTA members
$75 Non-members


All cancellation requests must be received in writing – no exceptions. A full refund, less 20% service fee, if cancellation is received before August 26. No refunds on or after August 26, 2020.