Opening Hours

Monday: 8am - 8pm

Tuesday: 8am - 8pm

Wednesday: 9am - 8pm

Thursday: 7am - 8pm

Friday: 9am - 2pm

Saturday: 8am - 1pm

Sunday: Closed

Course Description

Prefabricated orthotics have been used by clinicians to reverse or maintain lost range of motion due to contractures for many years. Traditionally, braces for contracture treatment are fit so that the brace maintains the joint at a comfortable end range stretch.

Unfortunately, this widely used fitting method does little more than to maintain lost range of motion. This course will introduce participants to various alternative methods of orthotic fitting, including progressive extension orthotic fitting and the use of dynamic or static-dynamic braces to maximize patient rehabilitation.

Clinical pathways will be discussed matching the type of orthotic therapy which may be most appropriate to select based upon the underlying joint pathology. The NeuroStretch™ Passive Range of Motion and Joint Assessment Technique will be taught during the course for assessing the potential of joint rehabilitation.

The Palpation Method of Brace Fitting will be taught to allow participants to evaluate the stretch provided by a brace to ensure optimal therapeutic stretching is provided by the brace. Lecture, case study presentations, and hand-on lab experience are implemented to enhance the learning process.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Distinquish between contracture types.

  2. Perform NeuroStretch™ - a manual tehnique to diminish abnormal tone and to assess contracture qualities.

  3. Select the most appropriate type of orthotic brace depending on types of prefabricated limb orthoses used to treat contractures and understand the therapy options available by type of orthotic.

  4. Learn the Palpation Technique of brace fitting evaluation.

  5. Select the most appropriate type of prefabricated orthotic technology base upon joint pathology and the desired rehabilitation objective.

Course Participation: Recommended for PTs, OTs, PTAs, and COTAs.
Level of Experience Recommended: Intermediate

Course Agenda

  • 7:30 Registration

  • 8:00 Contractive Development/etiology

  • 9:00 Clinical pathways - treatment options

  • 10:00 Break

  • 10:15 NeuroStretch lab

  • 12:30 Lunch

  • 1:00 Orthotic design review

  • 2:00 Stress - Relaxation

  • 2:30 Palpation Method of Fitting

  • 3:00 Break

  • 3:15 Palpation Fit Eval-lab

  • 4:30 Clinical Pathways

  • 5:00 Course conclusion

Course Dates

July 26, 2017

8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Registration: 7:30am to 8:00 am
Hilbert College
5200 South Park Ave.
Hamburg, NY 14075
Palisano Auditorium

July 27, 2017

8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Registration: 7:30 am to 8:00 am
Genesee Community College
One College Road
Batavia, New York 14020-9704
Room T102 in the Conable Technology Building

Seminar Materials

Please download and print in advance:

Instructions / Day of Needs

Please follow all instructions, to best be prepared for the course:

  1. Please print ALL of the seminar materials, and bring them with you the day of the course.
    *These materials are vital for following along with the course objectives.

  2. Please print and bring your confirmation e-mail for registration.

  3. Pens will be provided for note taking.

  4. Light breakfast and a boxed lunch will be provided.

About the Course Instructor

John Kenney
Certified Orthotist
John Kenney, MURP, BOLO, BOC Chairman, has specialized in the treatment of contractures due to immobility and neurological dysfunction. He currently holds 7 US and multiple international patents for orthotic devices and orthotics with electro-therapy to effectively treat contractures. Mr. Kenney, also developed the NeuroStretch Technique, an alternative to traditional passive stretching techniques for contracture assessment and PROM for patients with spasticity and The Palpation Method of Orthotic Fitting for "stress-relaxation" orthotic fitting. Mr Kenney has spoken internationally on the issue of contracture management for 15 years. He is also the past Chairman of the Region D Medicare Advisory Committee and the Chairman of the Executive Board for the Board of Certification for Orthotics and Prosthetics.


Please fill out all information completely and accurately for ensuring CEU credits. All confirmation will be kept confidential, but must be submitted to proper NYS associations.
8.0 Hours of Quality Continuing Education

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