FIT with Multiple Sclerosis: Exercise and Energy Management

Audience: All disciplines
course level: Beginner to Intermediate
Date: November 12th, 2011
Check-in time: 7:30-8:00am
Course time: 8:00-2:30pm
Location: University of Minnesota Medical Center, Riverside Campus-Dining room A.
2450 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Contact Hours: 5.25 contact hours
External Fee: $150.00

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Cindy Gackle, OTR/L, MSCS
is a staff Occupational Therapist in adult outpatient rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, joining Fairview Health Services in 1993.  She is certified as a specialist with multiple sclerosis (MSCS), and is also a staff member with Can Do Multiple Sclerosis (formerly, The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis).  Cindy has served on committees with the MS Society, both National and Minnesota Chapter, and serves as the OT project leader for the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) website.  She has provided educational seminars for professionals and patients nationwide on rehabilitation for individuals with Multiple Sclerosis.

Monica Wainio, PT, MSCS is a staff Physical Therapist in adult outpatient rehab as well.  She joined the Fairview staff in 1994,  She is certified in MS (MSCS).  She is also trained in vestibular rehab, with certification in 2003 and advanced training in 2005.  She has training in "amplitude" exercise/activity for people with Parkinson's disease and these treatment ideas can be applied to other neurological diagnosis.  She has mentored therapists in the Fairview System regarding PT and MS. 

Course Description
This is a course for PTs and OT's and others interested in the rehab components for people with MS, especially in the areas of exercise and energy management.  We will educate using research based data for practical use in the clinic.  Another area that will be addressed is canine companions.  We will discuss the Can Do Canine for Independence organization and will have special guest or two to demonstrate how a canine companion can be a great addition to a person's life for increased independence and quality of life. 


  • Participant will describe an exercise routine for a person with MS, with good understanding of energy management principles; understanding of the various options for types of exercise and the importance of variety in an exercise program.
  • Participant will list 5 energy management strategies for use in the daily life of someone with MS.
  • Participant will describe the banking and budgeting concept for energy management.
  • Participant will describe a resource for and purpose of canine companions.

7:30-8:00 am         Registration/check-in
8:00-9:45 am         Multiple Sclerosis Basics
9:45-10:00 am       BREAK
10:00-11:00 am    PT overview
                                 Exercise Prescription and Mobility
                                 Gait and balance/vestibular
11:00-11:45 am    Can Do Canines demonstration
11:45-12:30 pm    LUNCH
12:30-1:30 pm      OT Overview customized for MS
1:30-2:30 pm        Case Studies
                                 Specialty Needs-Assistive Technology, Seating and Wheeled Mobility
                                 Community Resources-MS Society

This course has been approved for Category I continuing education credit by the Minnesota Board of Physical Therapy.  #4910

This course is eligible for AOTA approved provider credit.  Fairview is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education.  AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

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