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PATIENT EDUCATION: THE POWER TO CHOOSE WHERE AND WITH WHOM YOU ENTRUST YOUR REHABILITATION

Recent professional journals are supporting therapy programs that increase
hypertonicity and compensatory strategies, and avoid the restoration of normal
movement altogether. NEURO-IFRAH® therapists will never turn their backs on helping
patients realize their potential for normal movement

 

 

It is the NEURO-IFRAH® Organization’s belief that one of the primary purposes of
rehabilitation for patients affected by a stroke or brain injury is to help restore normal
movement. The NEURO-IFRAH® Organization is comprised of clinicians skilled in
restoration. We care deeply about what patients want and we have developed the skills
to return them back to life with the fullest extent of normal movement to which they are
capable.

It is deeply concerning that articles appearing in professional journals have recently
declared it unnecessary to work on normal movement, saying: “. . . facilitation of normal
movement in an effort to achieve optimal recovery has shown to be unnecessary”
(Scheets, Patricia L., et. al. “President’s Perspective: Moving Forward.” Journal of
Neurologic Physical Therapy, vol. 45, January 2021, pp. 46-48). There is also the
equally concerning statement that, “efforts to reduce spasticity do not improve volitional
movement” (Scheets et al., p. 47).

We vehemently disagree with these statements and others like them, which are used as
an excuse to ignore the massive side effects of programs being sold as “moving
forward” in rehabilitation, when what they are is moving backward in skill, knowledge,
and outcome. The stance that hypertonicity has no effect on movement because there
is no research saying it does, is simply not a sound or reasonable argument. With such
a stance, it becomes unsurprising that the conclusion drawn would be to not work on
normal movement because it has become unachievable with such abnormal muscle
activity. The fact that these same professional journals claim to have other strategies for
achieving optimal recovery without offering self-evident results to support such claims, is
yet another point of concern.

What continues to become increasingly self-evident to us is the emergence of massive
compensatory strategies. These strategies claim to restore a patient’s ability to walk,
and yet they leave those same patients with impairments that are difficult to reverse.
Patients arrive to our NEURO-IFRAH® Clinics with hypertonicity, notably in the arms
and feet. As a result, these patients suffer, and our skilled therapists must work hard to
undo the side effects of abnormal muscle activity that ends up limiting the patient’s
options and potential for recovery of more normal movement and control. It is important
that patients are not subjected to strategies that increase massive hypertonicity, and are
referred to us earlier. The less we have to un-do, the more efficiently patients can find
themselves resuming and assuming life roles.

Self-evident and outcome-oriented results are at the heart of NEURO-IFRAH®. Results
for us are not merely confined to paper, but rather exemplified in patients who get to live
their day-to-day lives with the results. We have decades of experience and
overwhelming evidence on video documentation that clearly demonstrates why
NEURO-IFRAH® is superior and unmatched in the rehabilitation of patients affected by
a stroke or brain injury. We also understand that neurological challenges in rehabilitation
require high levels of skill. We understand why rehabilitation of the upper extremity,
lower extremity, trunk, head/neck control, facial expressions, oral motor control, total
hand and foot function, as well as any movement throughout the body or any functional
activity—including all function in upright postures—is challenging to those who do not
have our knowledge and experience. We understand why those without our knowledge
and experience might therefore want to give up. But the NEURO-IFRAH® Organization
completely disagrees with the suggestion of giving up, or the excuses used as a means
of giving up.

The patient ultimately has the power to choose where and with whom they entrust their
rehabilitation process. Patient education is critical to helping patients avoid activities that
sacrifice their potential to recover more normal movement and function. Our therapists
will never turn their backs on patients and we recommend that other therapists or
practitioners who give up on the rehabilitation of the upper extremity, or any other part
or function, refer their patient to us. The NEURO-IFRAH® APPROACH is a whole
person approach. We are here and ready to fill the gap.

 

Clinical Group with input from Patients

Why Most Published Research Findings Are False

Corollary 5: The greater the financial and other interests and prejudices in a scientific field, the less likely the research findings are to be true. Conflicts of interest and prejudice may increase bias, u. Conflicts of interest are very common in biomedical research [], and typically they are inadequately and sparsely reported [,]. Prejudice may not necessarily have financial roots. Scientists in a given field may be prejudiced purely because of their belief in a scientific theory or commitment to their own findings. Many otherwise seemingly independent, university-based studies may be conducted for no other reason than to give physicians and researchers qualifications for promotion or tenure. Such nonfinancial conflicts may also lead to distorted reported results and interpretations. Prestigious investigators may suppress via the peer review process the appearance and dissemination of findings that refute their findings, thus condemning their field to perpetuate false dogma. Empirical evidence on expert opinion shows that it is extremely unreliable [].

PMC PubMed Central PLoS Med v.2(8); 2005 Aug PMC1182327

 

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NEURO-IFRAH CLINICS by WALEED

Neuro-IFRAH Clinics by Waleed are now open.

Neuro-IFRAH clinics by Waleed™

As the originator of the Neuro-IFRAH approach I am a clinician by nature, who is honored to serve and be part of patient's progress throughout the years. In the last four decades I have had the privilege to teach courses nationally and internationally for health care professionals. I have also had the honor of mentoring and guiding therapists nationally and internationally. Throughout the years I have stayed loyal to the mission of health care with patient progress being the utmost priority.

Other than my California clinics, Neuro-IFRAH Center of La Jolla and Neuro-IFRAH clinics™ Los Gatos, there are a few clinics that I license, mentor, and guide the education and program development of therapists.

Those clinics are:

Neuro-IFRAH Clinics by Waleed™, New York

Neuro-IFRAH Clinics by Waleed™, Memphis

Neuro-IFRAH Clinics by Waleed™, Central DFW, Dallas

Neuro-IFRAH Clinics by Waleed™, Dallas

Neuro-IFRAH Clinics by Waleed™, Long Beach

Neuro-IFRAH Clinics by Waleed™, Beverly Hills (Opening October 2023)

In keeping with the mission to best serve patients affected by stroke or brain injury and as the originator of the Neuro-IFRAH approach, I only recommend the clinics listed above where I am involved in mentoring the staff for excellence.

 

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ANNUAL INSTRUCTORS MEETING

Annother productive meeeting at the Neuro-IFRAH Clinic and Education Institute in Foster City 

 

NEURO-IFRAH INSTRUCTORS® FROM HONG KONG VISIT ANNUAL INSTRUCTOR MEETING

Neuro-IFRAH Instructors® from Hong Kong Visit Annual Instructor Meeting at the Neuro-IFRAH® Clinic and Education Institute in Foster City, CA.  In addition they tour the Neuro-IFRAH® Center and Neuro-IFRAH Clinic of La Jolla.

WALEED AL-OBOUDI PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH SENATOR OMAR RAINS

WALEED AL-OBOUDI PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH SENATOR OMAR RAINS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR7L1fPMbCc&feature=youtu.be

NEURO-IFRAH® PRESENTATION AT THE EUROPEAN STROKE CONFERENCE IN VENICE ITALY

AMELIA CHANG, MHA, DPT PRESENTED AT THE EUROPEAN STROKE CONFERENCE IN VENICE, ITALY ON APRIL 13, 2016. The presentation was well received and many exciting discussions held place on the following days of the conference where there was overwhelming interest in the self evident results and effectiveness of Neuro-IFRAH® CAPTURED BY VIDEO DOCUMENTATION

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

NOTICES TO ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

ISRAEL:
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TO ALL NEURO-IFRAH CERTIFIED THERAPISTS IN ISRAEL INQUIRING ABOUT RENEWING YOUR CERTIFICATION, WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS TO RENEW YOUR CERTIFICATION:

1. Completing an advance NEURO-IFRAH course will renew your certification automatically and take you to the next level of advance trained. These courses are offered in the United States only and if you are planning on attending, please contact us for assistance to help you with tuition reduction in an effort to help you with your travel expenses.
2. Completing a two day. NEURO-IFRAH RECERTIFICATION WORKSHOP BY QUALIFIED INSTRUCTORS WHICH IS AVAILABLE ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES.
3. Sponsoring an advance NEURO-IFRAH COURSE OR A RECERTIFICATION COURSE IN YOUR HOSPITAL OR FACILITY. For details please contact WWW.NEURO-IFRAHINSTRUCTORS.com for an updated list of qualified instructors .
4. Taking the NEURO-IFRAH Certification course. Please visit WWW.NEURO-IFRAHINSTRUCTORS.com for an updated list of QUALIFIED AND ACTIVE instructors who meet the standards to teach.

THOUGH THE NEURO-IFRAH CERTIFICATION COURSE IS CONSIDERED SUPERIOR AND UNMATCHED, THE COURSE COVERS LESS THAN 1% of THE WHOLE APPROACH .THUS YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO PERSUE ADVANCE COURSES AND ULTRA ADVANCE COURSES AND WE WILL BE GLAD TO WORK WITH YOU ON HOSTING COURSES . QUALIFIED INSTRUCTORS FROM THE UNITED STATES WILL BE GLAD TO MAKE
ARRANGEMENTS AND HELP BRING COURSES TO YOU.

 

HONG KONG:
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We are honored to have had the opportunity and privilege to be invited by the Hong Kong Occupational Therapy Association (HKOTA) to teach basic to advance courses in HONG KONG for the past 16 years. We are honored to have a large wonderful dynamic instructor and instructor candidate group in Hong Kong. We are looking forward to resuming our courses in 2023 that have been on hold due to Covid. We are truly honored to have this opportunity to work with the HONG KONG OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION WHO HAVE BEEN A MODEL OF EXCELLENCE IN PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THERAPIST EDUCATION. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AND RESUMING COURSES IN 2023.

Please check our website
www.neuro-ifrah.org
AND the instructor website
www.neuro-ifrahinstructors.org for upcoming NEURO-IFRAH CERTIFICATION AND ADVANCE COURSES.

Neuro-IFRAH Instructors do not condone or endorse any studies or ideologies that attempt to demonstrate higher level of effectiveness in treatment, management, or any other measure among individual disciplines (Occupational, Physical, and Speech therapies) in the Rehabilitation fields

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