Cultivating CNS Connectivity: A guide for assessment and treatment for central pain, FND and dystonia

Everything you need to know about assessment, treatment and medical management in disorders where neuroplasticity has gone awry.

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This course is a patient centered theory and practice for increasing your confidence and optimizing your outcomes for people with central pain, functional disorders, and dystonia.

What do these disorders have in common? All are examples of disorders where neuroplasticity has gone awry. The therapist guides a journey to undo the negative neuroplasticity that has taken place and cultivate CNS connectivity.

An intensive two day online course including advanced theoretical perspectives from PTs and MDs specialized in this area. This course will be very practical—bring it to the clinic on Monday--learning. If you know re+active, then you know that this course is sure to be engaging, enjoyable and theory made practical.


Course Faculty:

Julie Hershberg PT, DPT, Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist

Brittany Kim PT, DPT, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist

Allan Wu, MD Movement Disorders Specialist

Lara Edinger, DO Chronic Pain Specialist



Course Objectives:

  • Characterize the underlying software vs. hardware problems in CNS connectivity disorders
  • Understand how the pathophysiology for central pain, FND and dystonia are similar and different
  • Apply graded exposure and sensory mapping for return to activity
  • Incorporate pacing and return to activity to a treatment program
    • Understand how it is similar and different in central pain, dystonia and FND
  • Apply assessment and treatment principles to several cases
    • CRPS hand
    • CRPS foot
    • FMD
    • FND sensory symptoms
    • Focal dystonia running
    • Focal dystonia with PD
    • Focal dystonia hand

This is not your typical course! Look at all of the goodies that will help you hit the ground running when you head back to work on Monday:

  • Downloadable resources for education (wait until you see our mountain and bucket analogies!)
  • Sample evaluation forms and algorithms
  • Open mic time to discuss YOUR case!
  • Discussion with physicians who care deeply about your patients
  • Lifelong access to recordings
  • Private group for ongoing discussions (you ever feel like you learn it and then go back to the clinic with your next patient and have so many questions--this private group is for you!)

Your Instructor


Edinger, Wu, Kim, Hershberg
Edinger, Wu, Kim, Hershberg
Julie Hershberg PT, DPT, NCS
Dr. Julie Hershberg PT, DPT, NCS is a neurologic physical therapist devoted to clinical practice, research and teaching. Completing her doctorate in physical therapy in 2002, she went on to complete a neurologic residency program at USC in 2003. She started re+active PT & wellness, a neurologic physical therapy and fitness practice, 7 years ago. The Schmidt Movement Disorders Fellowship for physical therapists, a combined training program at re+active and UCLA, is now in its 4th year and lead by Julie. She has spent 12 years in clinical research and is currently the site investigator for the PACE-HD study.

Brittany Kim PT, DPT, OCS
Dr. Brittany Kim PT, DPT, OCS is an orthopedic specialist with experiencing serving people with neurologic diagnoses, chronic pain, and headaches who are looking for ways to recover their ability to do the things in life that mean the most to them. She received her doctorate degree in physical therapy from USC, completed the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency at USC, and is Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Through the residency program she developed a strong passion for working with people with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

Allan Wu MD
Dr. Allan Wu is a neurologist, movement disorder specialist and Co-Chair of the Department of Neurology at UCLA. At UCLA he is also the Chair of the Department of Neurology Informatics and collaborates with re+active for the Schmidt Movement Disorders Fellowship. Dr. Wu has clinical, research and teaching interest in dystonia and functional movement disorders.

Lara Edinger DO
Dr. Lara Edinger is a neurologist and pain management specialist at Edinger Pain Management. She specializes in diagnosis and management of CRPS.

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The weekend course is October 10 and 11th and never ends! Join us in person for hands on learning and problem solving, or live online for the whole weekend!
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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