What is Neuro-IFRAH®?

Neuro-Integrative Functional Rehabilitation And Habilitation (Neuro-IFRAH®) is an approach originated by Waleed Al-Oboudi, MOT, OTR/L. Mr. Al-Oboudi is known nationally and internationally for his concepts and clinical skills.

The unique name of the approach was originated by the author to give an overall idea to the reader regarding the scope of this approach. The word Neuro- was selected because this approach is intended for patients who are affected by lesions at the level of the brain stem and above. The word Integrative was selected to describe that this approach is integrative on all levels. It is integrative of all systems of the person as well as all information past and present. It is integrative of all internal as well as external variables and combinations and products of these variables affecting patient response, normal or otherwise. It is integrative and inclusive of fields of study as well as bodies of information. It is integrative in terms of variables related to therapists, the rehabilitation team, rehabilitation programs, facilities, home, community, and other environmental variables…It is integrative at all these levels and much more. Any variable that has an affect on the patient needs to be considered. The word Functional means meets intended purpose or need, thus the word functional was selected because this approach is functional. All aspects of rehabilitation and habilitation are individualized to meet the patients intended purpose or need. The words Rehabilitation and Habilitation were selected because this is what we do in therapy. It encompasses many aspects of therapy, thus there is no reason to find other words. One aspect of rehabilitation is to restore to the fullest physical, mental, social, vocational, economic status thus rehabilitation is not limited. However, our patients are not only re-acquiring skills they are learning new ones as well. Thus Habilitation occurs throughout alongside with rehabilitation.

The powerful words used in the name of the approach gives a small glimpse of the wide scope of this truly dynamic, highly individualized, whole person, functional, inclusive, and visionary approach.

What does NEURO-IFRAH Instructor® mean?
Neuro-IFRAH Instructor means that this individual has been trained and licensed to teach introductory, intermediate or BASIC Neuro-IFRAH Certification courses (Non Clinical) . Neuro-IFRAH INSTRUCTOR® does not indicate any clinical competency and is not endorsed by the Neuro-IFRAH® organization as a representative of the whole approach beyond the narrow scope of licensing to teach specific basic courses as indicated above.

What does Neuro-IFRAH Clinical Instructor™ mean?
Neuro-IFRAH Clinical Instructor™ means that the individual licensed and trained in specific basic protocols used in Neuro-IFRAH® Clinics and denotes clinical competency in application of Neuro-IFRAH® strategies. In addition the individual is licensed to teach the basic NEURO-IFRAH CERTIFIED Clinical™ course and clinical protocols.

What does Neuro-IFRAH Certified® mean?
Neuro-IFRAH Certified® means that the individual licensed has completed a basic Neuro-IFRAH® Certification course under the supervision of a Neuro-IFRAH instructor® and does not indicate any specific clinical competency .


What does Neuro-IFRAH Certified Clinical™ mean ?
Neuro-IFRAH Certified Clinical™ means that the individual has been provided with clinical training in protocols used in Neuro-IFRAH® Clinics and meets the standards in the clinical application of material learned.

What does Neuro-IFRAH Trained® Mean?
Neuro-IFRAH Trained® Means that the licensed individual has completed a Neuro-IFRAH® introductory or intermediate course and does NOT indicate any clinical competency whatsoever.

What does Neuro-IFRAH Advanced Trained® mean?
Neuro-IFRAH Advanced Trained® means that the individual has completed a Neuro-IFRAH® Advanced course under the supervision of a Neuro-IFRAH INSTRUCTOR® who was licensed to teach the advanced course. It does not indicate any clinical competency.

What does Neuro-IFRAH Advanced Trained Clinical™ mean?
Individuals licensed at this level are advanced trained by an Advanced NEURO-IFRAH Clinical Instructor™ in advanced clinical protocols utilized at NEURO-IFRAH clinics by Waleed Al-Oboudi.



The NEURO-IFRAH Organization has always sought to inform the consumer that we endorse only the NEURO-IFRAH Center, NEURO-IFRAH CLINICS, and NEURO-IFRAH CLINICS BY WALEED. Within this endorsement an important distinction must also be made: The NEURO-IFRAH Organization endorses only the levels of training that have the designation “Clinical” in the title on our certificates. 


Over the years, thousands of therapists have taken and continue to take courses that represent less than 1% of the very basic information of the approach. Attendees of these courses may receive certificates due to meeting attendance requirements, but concepts introduced in these courses represent less than 1% of the approach. Given that the basic course is non-clinical, course certificates should not be used to indicate a level of skill. 


Regarding what it means to be a regular NEURO-IFRAH Instructor: 

NEURO-IFRAH Instructor Training is a training to teach very basic courses which comprise less than 1% of the approach. The trained instructors follow specific transcripts to ensure consistency; no clinical skills are implied. The vast majority of therapists who have completed Instructor Training took this course for networking and for promotions to director/supervisory roles; they did not complete or were not offered the clinical track. Very few instructors teach, as teaching the material requires recall of this basic information on the transcript, and being consistent. 


It should be noted that the NEURO-IFRAH Organization has disassociated from inactive instructors. Only active instructors are listed on the Neuro-IFRAH instructor website, though this listing does not imply clinical skills. NEURO-IFRAH Instructor Clinical, as well as all the certifications that include the word “Clinical” in the service mark, imply specific endorsed clinical skills. No other basic service marks imply ongoing endorsed clinical skills. The NEURO-IFRAH Organization also only endorses and recommends the NEURO-IFRAH Center, NEURO-IFRAH CLINICS, and NEURO-IFRAH CLINICS BY WALEED that are listed on our homepage: https://www.neuro-ifrahclinicsbywaleed.com/


The NEURO-IFRAH approach is a hands on approach and does not endorse any tele-therapy, biotech fads, and high compensation gait programs that do not work on restoring normal movement, do not address deficits in the patient’s trunk, and do not reduce and prevent the abnormal muscle activity in the form of hypertonicity. The NEURO-IFRAH approach restores control while following rehabilitation principles rooted in restoration and not compensation. It is the only approach that is noted for its self-evident results as being superior and unmatched. Thus, it is unsurprising that many therapists who took very basic, non-clinical courses try to claim association or an endorsed level of skill. Consumer discernment regarding misleading advertisement is therefore critical.

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