Fascial Release, Male Pattern Baldness & Therapeutic Alliance: Dr. Bahram Jam’s New Courses
By: Nataliya Zlotnikov, HBSc, MSc
By: Nataliya Zlotnikov, HBSc, MSc
Dr. Bahram Jam, D.SC.PT, M.PHTY, B.SC.PT, FCAMT, has many letters behind his name and no hair on his head. And somehow, both are relevant to today's discussion.
Bahram graduated from the University of Toronto in 1992 with a BSc in physical therapy - that means he's been doing this for a long time.
In the first 10 years of his practice, he believed that 80% of his outcome was based on what he did to his patients and 20% depended on how he interacted with them.
In the second 10 years, he believed that it was 50/50.
And in the third 10 years, he now believes that 20% is based on what he does to his patients and 80% depends on how he interacts with them.
Jam With Embodia
Another thing Bahram did in this time was found the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute (APTEI) as well as instruct many courses on Embodia - where does he find the time?
He has two new courses with us that you may find interesting.
You can check them out by following the links below:
- APTEI: Bahram Jam's Bald Head & Fascial Release
- APTEI: Therapeutic Alliance: 20 skills to maximize patient
Course 1: APTEI: Bahram Jam's Bald Head & Fascial Release
What's This Course All About?
This course provides a review of current evidence contradicting the beliefs that fascia is the cause of pain and that it can be fixed by highly skilled manual therapists or various tools.
The intention of this course is not to not to bash the health care providers who practice various fascial release techniques but simply to provide and discuss current knowledge and understanding surrounding fascia and its' manipulation.
Take a moment to think about, and answer these questions three based on your current knowledge and understanding:
- Can MSK complaints can be caused by deformations of the fascia?
- Can fascial distortions be palpated by the hands of an expert clinician?
- Can fascial distortions be altered by manual therapy techniques?
Below are some of the papers discussed by Bahram in this course:
One of Life's Greatest Mysteries
Back to Bahram's baldness, what does it have to do with fascial release? Well, we'll keep this one a mystery until you check out the course. It's free, so we don't think that this little bit of mystery is unfair.
The yellow button will take you there.
Now, let's move to today's second new course!
Course 2: Therapeutic Alliance: 20 Skills to Maximize Patient Trust & Loyalty
Before delving deeper into the contents of this course, let us first clarify what is therapeutic alliance.
What is Therapeutic Alliance?
First described by Freud in 1912, therapeutic alliance describes the collaborative interaction or positive social relationship between physiotherapist and client.
Why is Therapeutic Alliance A Big Deal?
Below are results from a few studies discussed in this course that allude to the importance of therapeutic alliance in physical therapy:
- Positive therapeutic alliance ratings between physical therapists and patients are associated with improvements in outcomes of low back pain (Ferreira et al., 2012).
- When treating patients with chronic low back pain, maximizing therapeutic alliance (active listening with empathy and encouragement), appears to be beneficial in the immediate improvement of pain scores in those receiving either real or sham interferential current therapy (Fuentes et al., 2014).
- Therapeutic alliance facilitates adherence to physiotherapy-led exercise and physical activity for older adults with knee pain: a longitudinal qualitative study (Moore et al., 2020).
Power of Positive Words
Positive words help build therapeutic alliance - don't underestimate the power of positive words!
Take a look at this short video from Bahram's course on a therapeutic alliance to see how Bahram applies positive words in his practice.
Measuring Therapeutic Alliance
After your initial assessment, how do you know if the patient you just saw, liked you, felt that you were kind to them or felt that you really listened to them, or felt that you were knowledgeable, felt that you provided good solutions and were encouraging? How?
Bahram discusses two ways of doing this:
- Working Alliance Inventory: Which can be downloaded here:
- The CARE Patient Feedback Measure: Can be downloaded here.
There is always room for improvement!
The Most Important Part of This Course!
The most important part of this course is, of course, the practical part. For what is knowledge without application?
In this course, Bahram gives you 20 immediately applicable clinical skills for maximizing therapeutic alliance, presented in a very organized fashion. These skills can be found in the full course.
Learn More With Bahram
As we mentioned above, Bahram has quite a few courses on Embodia. We invite you to look at our collection of online healthcare courses with Bahram by clicking here.
Want to get to know Bahram a little better and benefit from his few decades of physiotherapy experience?
Pre-COVID, we sat down to have coffee with Bahram for our blog, Having Coffee with Dr. Bahram Jam - in which, no one had a coffee.
No hair, no coffee, but a lot of knowledge and many courses!
PT, D.SC.PT, M.PHTY, B.SC.PT, FCAMT
Bahram is a physiotherapist and founder of the Advanced Physical Therapy Education Institute (APTEI). He's taught 1000+ continuing education courses to healthcare professionals across Canada & internationally.
He has instructed over one thousand post-graduate orthopaedic and pain science courses and has been a guest presenter at several physiotherapy and medical conferences across Canada and internationally.
His primary clinical approach is to identify relevant functional impairments and determine the best self-management strategy to maximize patient independence.