Sat 14th Oct 2017, 1:30pm to 4:30pm
at 10 Harley Street, London W1G 9PF.
An event for Alexander Technique teachers ‘Mechanisms of sensorimotor control relevant to the Alexander Technique' will examine recent evidence which contributes a scientific basis to understanding how the Alexander Technique works. This work is presented by the authors of the recent publication “Proactive selective inhibition targeted at the neck muscles: this proximal constraint facilitates learning and regulates global control” (http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7792725/)
The afternoon will include a combination of talks and interactive sessions intended to promote understanding of the scientific mechanisms and evidence represented within this research, and also to promote understanding of how this work provides a way of talking about the Alexander Technique within scientific-medical language.
Ian Loram will be helped by three colleagues – Dr Alison Loram, Brian Bate, Pink Burnicle - who contributed to this research. They plan to bring a portable ultrasound machine and hope to demonstrate and replicate some of the methods, results and mechanisms presented in the paper.
Presentation followed by discussion and Q&As with the four contributors.
There will be a break for tea and coffee.
Professor Ian Loram - biography
Ian Loram received his Ph.D. degree in postural control and applied physiology from the University of Birmingham in 2003. He worked as a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow and is currently Professor in Neuromuscular Control of Human Movement at Manchester Metropolitan University His work within the Cognitive Motor Function research group focuses on the study of human sensorimotor control and has several threads.
One aim is to improve technology for measuring muscle action. Currently measurement of muscle action is limited mainly to surface and intramuscular electromyography (EMG). Surface EMG is limited to superficial muscles and intramuscular EMG is impractical in most settings. Within the research group at MMU we are seeking to develop ultrasound for the measurement of muscle action and for its diagnostic value in rehabilitation and neurological conditions.
A second aim is to understand the organisation of neuromuscular control. It is known that movement results from the complex operation of all muscles. Understanding the rules governing for example, proximal and distal muscles, allows better insight in the management of sensorimotor control, learning and human performance.
A third aim is to relate perceptual, decision-making and motor control processes within a mechanistic framework. This aim benefits from the application of engineering control theory to ensure rigour in identifying those sensorimotor control processes and mechanisms. A fourth aim is to relate this understanding to motor learning and rehabilitation in neurological conditions including cervical dystonia, Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, chronic pain, fear of falling and performance-related injury.
The google link below to published papers, given an indication of work which has survived the scrutiny of peer review.
All participants will receive an invoice and record of attendance after the event.
Please book early to avoid disappointment as places are limited and note that no refunds will be possible after 30th Sept 2017.
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