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Defining, Optimizing & Teaching Integrated Movement - Applications to Sports/Spine, Ortho, Geriatrics & Manual Therapy
Course Description

What is Integrated Movement and why is it poised to supplant Therapeutic Exercise and core stabilization as our movement training modality of choice? What does Optimal Movement entail besides strength, flexibility, cardio-vascular fitness and other measurable criteria? How can we make our exercise more informative and more functionally relevant; combining into one activity strength/flexibility work, proprioceptive self-awareness training, ergonomics/ body mechanics instructions, postural practice and seamless application to specific ADL's? What kinds of movement training strategies give us the best chance of optimizing our patients' movement; whether high-level athletes, spinal or extremity pain sufferers, joint replacement graduates or the fall-prone elderly? Utilizing plain-language lecture, lots of fascinating video, relevant research studies, self-exploratory movement puzzles and ample clinical examples, this thought-provoking one day course answers these questions and more as it advocates an exercise paradigm that boosts patient compliance and success and that freshens and upgrades your rehab tool kit. Based on Dynamic Integration principles and taught by a movement geek and PT, we will compare this revolutionary approach to both traditional Therapeutic Exercise and modern Static Integration movement strategies. Come and experience a refreshing new perspective, you will never see movement and exercise the same way again!

(CEUs) & State Approvals

8 CEUs: Texas, Wisconsin, Idaho, New Mexico & Arizona

Course Objectives

By the completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Contrast a Dynamic Integration exercise model with TherEx and Core Stability/Static Integration models, listing the main differences.
  • Distinguish Global vs. Differentiated Patterns of Movement and recognize appropriate clinical Applications and Contraindications for each.
  • Explain the "carry-over" advantages of Recognizing and Practicing Patterns vs. Strengthening Muscles.
  • Articulate the primary Principles of Optimal Movement and give at least three examples of each.
  • Give rationale for and examples of common teaching strategies; reciprocating movements, application of constraints, change of venue and the Goldilocks Principle.
About the Instructor, Gordon Browne PT, GCFP
Gordon Browne is a Physical Therapist with 25+ years of clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics and manual therapy. With a lifelong passion for movement, he has modified and medically articulated the clinical use of various integrated movement systems; the Feldenkrais Method®, Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi. Lecturer for 15+ years and author of two books; "A Manual Therapist's Guide to Movement" and "Outsmarting Low Back Pain" (Movement Matters 2005).
Course Outline
7:45-8:00-Registration and Munchies

8:00-9:00-Integration vs. Isolation

  • Bodies are Already Integrated: Isolation/Localization is a Myth
  • Regional Inter-Relationships Research
  • Motor Habit Formation
  • Habitual Movement = Repetitive Movement = Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Movement Alterations Secondary to Traumatic Injury or Ortho Surgery
9:00-9:50-Static Integration vs. Dynamic Integration
  • Origin and Insertion Thinking
  • Cardinal Plane Paradigm and Implications for Exercise
  • Thoracic Spine and Rib Cage: Terra Incognita
10:05-11:00-Global vs. Differentiated Patterns of Movement, Posture and Exercise
  • Make Exercise Look like the Motor Behavior we are Trying to Influence
  • Pattern Specificity: Stretch and Strengthen the Patterns, not Just the Parts
  • Why Exercise? Physiological or Motor Control Rationale
  • The Magical Muscle Mentality
11:00-12:00-Principles of Optimal Integrated Movement
  • Even Distribution of Movement and Proportional Use of Synergists
  • Skeletal Weight Bearing and Minimization of Unnecessary Effort
1:00-3:00-Proprioceptive Self-Awareness Acuity Training
  • The Unconscious Nature of Habitual Movement and Postural Habits
  • The Importance of Subjectivity: "Feel" and "Like" are not Four Letter Words
  • Strategies for Facilitating Proprioceptive Self-Awareness
  • The Map is not the Territory; the Menu is not the Meal
3:15-4:45-Tricks of the Trade: What Makes Exercise Informational?
  • Reciprocating Movements and Change of Venue
  • Application of Constraints and Application to Functional Context
  • Pattern Recognition and The Goldilocks Principle
4:45-5:30-Review, Questions & Answers
Course Fees
Early *
Single Registrant
2 to 4**
5 or more**

*Registrations received 14 days prior to seminar date.
**Price per person when registering at the same time.

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Therapeutic Movement Seminars

24504 SE 246th Street
Maple Valley, WA 98038

Phone: 206-930-9204