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Foundation to Function CEU Course

A intermediate level manual therapy and corrective exercise course utilizing impairment based interventions to maximize the human movement system.

Demo of Foundation to Function course by Dr. Michael Voight

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Human Movement System Course Description

Dr. Michael Voight demonstrating movements and techniques part of the Foundation to Function human movement system course
This 16 hour manual therapy and corrective exercise course provides a scientific and practical method that introduces an advanced integrated approach to restoring and maximizing the human movement system. This continuing education workshop gives healthcare providers a better background and knowledge for analyzing the functional aspect of human movement, identifying impairments to the human movement system, and recognizing the pathomechanical impairments that will benefit most from rehabilitative strategies and treatments. The Foundation to Function continuing education course will help clinicians enhance their treatment skills and SFMA evaluation techniques.

Ashley Campbell DPT, PT, SCS, CSCS demonstrating foundation to function course techniques

Restoring Mobility and Reinforcing Movement with Kinesiology Taping

The Foundation to Function continuing education course will give a brief history and overview of human movement assessment as well as the concepts behind treatment planning, prescription, and the 4 x 4 matrix of exercise planning in order to correct movement dysfunction. Participants will learn how to perform a quick assessment of movement using the base assessment from the Selective Functional Movement Assessment Course (SFMA). Once dysfunction is identified using the SFMA, clinicians will be taught how to differentiate a mobility restriction into either a joint mobility dysfunction or a tissue extensibility dysfunction. Capsular restrictions can play a primary role in limiting mobility which affects human movement. Manual therapy techniques will be demonstrated and practiced for common clinical joint mobility dysfunctions.

In addition to mobilizations, this musculoskeletal course will cover the theory and intervention strategies for identifying tissue extensibility restrictions utilizing Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) techniques. Participants will receive hands on instruction of in techniques to help restore normal joint mobility and tissue extensibility. The goal is the ability to improve the dysfunctional movement pattern using these techniques. As mobility is restored, postural and mobility reinforcement techniques including kinesiology taping will be covered and practiced.human movement system CEU course demonstration by Michael Voight

Design a Comprehensive Movement Based Treatment Plan

Following the discussion on motion restoration techniques and postural reinforcement, clinicians will learn to design exercise progressions in order to restore and advance functional movement patterns. Our function stability training course takes a simple, evidence based approach of clinical reasoning, utilizing neurodevelopmental theories of human movement. Manual techniques are taught in a “hands-on” format to ensure that participants develop treatment skills that can be instantly utilized in the field. Clinicians will learn strategies to improve joint mobility, ROM, and therapeutic exercise for every patient population using a full body approach.

Musculoskeletal Treatment

Musculoskeletal clinical scenarios are presented with an integrated management approach. Following our musculoskeletal and manual therapy CEU course , clinicians will have a better understanding of how to integrate these methods into treatment of musculoskeletal patients.

Who is the Foundation to Function CEU Course Right for?

Course Level of Learning: Intermediate

This course is appropriate for all health care providers involved in the initial evaluation, determination of diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of treatment interventions for musculoskeletal pathology across the lifespan. Participants should have a general familiarity with basic anatomy background, an understanding of muscle, tendon, and facial orientation, as well as the physiologic response to inflammation and injury. Prior knowledge of movement assessment and/or the SFMA helps participants focus on increasing their understanding and application of the material within the Foundation to Function course. Clinicians working with prevention and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle will also find our human movement system course valuable for their patients.

Our goal is to maintain a low faculty / student ratio to enhance the overall learning experience that meets or exceeded all recommended continuing education course guidelines. This CEU course does not require any prerequisites to be completed before attending. However, those that have previously completed our SFMA certification course will further enhance their abilities and techniques of the human movement system.


Tab Blackburn Med, PT, ATC
Ashley Campbell DPT, PT, SCS, CSCS
Josh Sattelee DC
Robyn Smith MS, PT, SCS, CGFI-MP2
Michael Voight DHSc, PT, OCS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, FAPTA

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Course Objectives

Following the completing of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of identifying dysfunctional movement patterns in patients/clients with functional limitations.
  2. Competently execute a demonstration of the seven basic evaluation components of the base SFMA examination on a patient model in less than 3 minutes.
  3. Defend the use of the most appropriate treatment interventions (manual therapy and functional exercise) into the traditional rehabilitation program to normalize dysfunctional movement.
  4. Explain how to differentiate between a joint mobility dysfunction versus a tissue extensibility dysfunction.
  5. Delineate the basic steps for the application of manual therapy techniques demonstrated within the course.
  6. Explain the indications and contraindications/precautions for manual therapy.
  7. Perform 3 types of manual therapy techniques for each of the directions of joint motion restriction.
  8. Given a specific joint, demonstrate basic competence in the performance of an essential skill set of joint mobilization techniques for a given motion restriction.
  9. Defend the appropriate IASTM treatment for a soft tissue muscle/fascia restriction dysfunction.
  10. Differentiate between normal and abnormal soft tissue of the extremities and trunk using IASTM tools based on the patient response and tissue response through the assessment scanning strokes.
  11. Explain the scientific basis of kinesiology taping.
  12. Effectively apply three kinesiology taping techniques without assistance.
  13. Explain the rationale for the use of the neurodevelopment 4 x 4 approach to exercise planning and progression.
  14. Explain the basic science of elastic resistance.
  15. Given a the evaluation findings of a stability dysfunction, integrate the appropriate elastic resistance techniques within the neurodevelopmental 4 x 4 approach to exercise training.
  16. Evaluate the intervention effectiveness through reassessment of the case dysfunction / impairment as seen on the movement (SFMA-base screen) re-evaluation.

Course Outline

Day 1

08:00 – 10:30
Overview of assessing the human movement system – a functional framework

  • Overview of the Human Movement System
  • Pathoanatomical vs Pathomechanical approach to movement assessment
  • Static to Postural Assessment – The Janda Approach / Muscle imbalance Paradigms
  • Identifying dysfunctional movement patterns in patients/clients with functional limitations – Integrating movement theory with practice
  • Isolating dysfunction with the SFMA – Lecture/ hands on Lab

10:30 – 12:30
Recover / Restore – Resetting Mobility Impairments (Lecture – hands on Lab)

  • How to differentiate joint mobility dysfunction from tissue extensibility dysfunction
  • Manual Therapy Techniques to restore joint mobility / accessory motion – “go to” techniques
  • Fascial & Trigger Point Research
  • Current IASTM Research
  • Hawkgrips Method
    • Tools & Techniques
    • Specific Applications

12:30 – 01:30 LUNCH

01:30 – 02:30
Resetting Mobility (continued)

  • Case study presentations – demonstration / hands on lab

02:30 – 05:00
Reinforcement Techniques – Kinesiology Taping (Lecture Lab)

  • Kinesiology Tape Research
  • Evaluate, recognize, and deciding when kinesiology taping is indicated and who will benefit
  • Theraband XactStretch Method
  • Specific Patterns of Tape Application
  • Case study presentations – demonstration / hands on lab

05:00 – 05:30 Question and Answer

Day 2

08:00 – 12:00
Reloading the software – Developing an intregrated rehab program based upon the movement assessment

  • Diaphramatic Breathing: The Foundation of Core Stability
  • The neurodevelopment 4 x 4 approach to exercise planning and progression.
  • Rolling Assessment with correction lab
  • Linking the results of the movement assessment to exercise
  • Integrating the appropriate elastic resistance techniques within the neurodevelopmental 4 x 4 approach to exercise training.
  • Theraband CLX Techniques and applications for common stability impairments – Demonstration / hands on lab

12:00 – 01:00 LUNCH

01:00 – 05:00

  • Functional Treatment Progressions – managing the big picture.
  • Evaluating the intervention effectiveness by monitoring the changes in the case dysfunction and impairment as seen on the movement (SFMA) re-evaluation in order to guide the therapeutic exercise progression.
  • Case study presentations – demonstration / hands on lab
  • Question and Answers

05:00 – 05:30 Question and Answer

Foundation to Function

Using impairment based interventions to maximize the human movement system
16 Hours, 1.6 CEU’s Tuition: $645.00

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