Graded Motor Imagery – Buffalo, NY

For the first time, effective treatment for difficult neuropathic pain states (eg CRPS) is now available. The Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) course provides the most up to date basic sciences, clinical trials and clinical use of the program. The course is series of lectures, practical sessions and clinical applications.

The term ‘graded motor imagery’ broadly means that in rehabilitation the focus is placed on synaptic exercise and health and is delivered in a graded fashion. The exercising of synapses assumes that the brain is changeable and easily adaptable and gives hope to people with difficult pain states. It involves the use of computers, flashcards, imagined movements and mirror visual feedback.

Evidence for the use of GMI comes from basic sciences (neuroscience) and clinical trials. It can offer substantial improvements in pain and disability in complex regional pain syndrome and phantom limb pain and anecdotally, the GMI program or parts of it may offer improvements in a range of chronic pain states such as brachial plexus lesions and osteoarthritis.

Course Details

June 1-2, 2019

Catholic Health Administrative and Training Center
144 Genesee Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

This course has been approved for 14 CEU hours by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

Luke Bongiorno, PT

Registration Fee of $525.00.

Registration will close once we reach 38 attendees or on May 1, 2019 (whichever comes first).

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Our Faculty

Luke Bongiorno, PT
Luke Bongiorno, PTFaculty

One of New York City´s most prominent physical therapists, Luke practices a “hands-on” approach combining his advanced manual skills, trigger point therapy and myofascial release with neuromuscular/exercise re-education. Luke has a strong belief that education is fundamental in optimizing patient recovery and performance. He teaches advanced skills courses in Manual Therapy as well pain science education in the US as well as internationally.

As an avid athlete, Luke is at the cutting-edge of helping fellow athletes return to their sport after injury. He has extensive experience in the management of acute and chronic sports injuries and has completed marathons and been part of the medical team for marathons and triathlons around the country. Luke is also affiliated with professional football and triathlon teams. He treats professional and Olympic athletes as well as touring performing arts/dance company members. He currently serves as a consultant with the NBA Players Association as well as European soccer professional teams.

Since graduating with honors from the University of Melbourne, Luke has attained the Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy. Luke also has training in McKenzie Method mechanical diagnosis and therapy, McConnell knee and shoulder treatment and advanced taping techniques. Luke Bongiorno is the co-founder of NY Sports Medicine which was later acquired by Orthology. He is currently involved in clinical research focused on injury management and is developing guidelines for injury prevention in sports medicine and in the workplace.


Course Agenda

Saturday, June 1, 2019
8:00 to 8:30am Registration
8:30am to 4:30pm Lectures

Sunday, June 2, 2019
8:30am to 4:30pm Lectures

Course Objectives

  • Knowledge of the neuromatrix paradigm and how the brain changes in pain
  • An awareness of graded exposure and its application to pain neurosignatures
  • Practical knowledge and skills of the Graded Motor Imagery ‘process’ – including left/right body discrimination, implicit and explicit motor imagery and mirror therapy
  • Some associated educational techniques

Other Pertinent Information

Refunds less a $25.00 cancellation fee will be given for cancellations received in writing to thirty (30) days prior to the event start date. Following this date, no refunds will be given and a credit will be issued to use towards another event within one year.

Attendees are encouraged to fly into the Buffalo Niagara International Airport and make arrangements for transportation to the venue.

Please dress in comfortable casual clothing.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Buffalo Downtown
601 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

Hyatt Regency Buffalo / Hotel and Conference Center
Two Fountain Plaza
Buffalo, NY 14202

Curtiss Hotel, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member
210 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

Hilton Garden Inn Buffalo Downtown
10 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203

The Westin Buffalo
250 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

Hampton Inn & Suites Buffalo Downtown
220 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

Embassy Suites Buffalo
200 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

To Register With a Check, please send your registration information including name, credentials, email, mailing address and phone number along with a check payable to NOI US to:
857 Montgomery Avenue
Suite 2
Penn Valley PA 19072

In order to maximize your learning it is recommended you bring to the course a laptop, iPad or Android device with internet connection (or check your course venue has public internet connection available).