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Comprehensive Stabilization Strategies for the Low Back, Pelvis & Hips -
Teaching Postural Control & Optimal Movement Skills
Course Description

In this fun and interactive movement lab we'll observe, analyze and participate in movement sequences/exercises while learning new treatment strategies designed for immediate clinical application. This approach goes beyond strengthening the muscles to teaching integrated movement patterns that simultaneously elicit core muscle activation, stretch and strengthen relevant hip muscles, facilitate proprioceptive self-awareness and teach posture and body mechanics optimization. Since recent Regional Interdependence research has shown a clear correlation between hip limitation and low back pain, we know the hips need to be mobilized in one or more directions to reduce lumbar hypermobility stresses. But sometimes the hips themselves are unstable; people with trochanteric pain syndrome, femuro-acetabular impingements, hip replacements and damaged labrums need to learn stabilization. Because of the complex regional inter-relationships in this area and the repetitive and unconscious nature of human movement, muscle strengthening alone does not guarantee stability. Nor does it force a change in the habitual and sub-optimal movement and postural patterns that created the instability in the first place. Carrying forward aspects of current stabilization principles but progressing to something both more informative and functional, we can borrow from selected aspects of dynamically integrated movement systems to improve patient compliance, outcomes and extrapolation to daily activities. Connecting the dots between exercise and ADLs is imperative for long lasting results. Come experience a refreshing new perspective, you will never see movement and exercise the same way again!

Continuing Education & State Approvals

This course has been approved for 16 Hours by the New Mexico Board of Physical Therapy. Certificates of attendance with the number of contact hours will be given to each participant at the completion of the course. Please call if you have any questions regarding state approval.

Course Objectives

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

  • Define Regional Interdependence and list three examples of hip limitation/lumbar instability relationships.
  • List the two primary differences between Static Integration and Dynamic Integration-based exercise.
  • Identify three examples of common violations of the principle of Appropriate Distribution of Movement relating to the low back.
  • Define the difference between Global and Differentiated movement or postural patterns and list two examples of each in the low back/hip region.
  • Identify two examples of common violations of the principle of Fascio- Skeletal Weight Bearing related to the hips.
  • Define a Pelvic Force Couple and list the relevant pairs of muscle synergists.
  • Perform teaching techniques throughout the course that make exercise more "informational"; reciprocating movements, use of constraints, change of venue, goldilocks principle and link to functional context.
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

Lab sessions include experiential movement, partner observations, facilitation techniques, modifications & discussion of clinical relevance.

Day One

7:45-8:00 – Registration & Snacks

8:00-8:45 – Introduction to Dynamic Integrated Movement Systems

8:45-9:45 – Lab I: Anterior/Posterior Lumbo-Pelvic Relationships

  • Hip Extensor-Abdominal & Hip Flexor-Back Extensor Synergies
  • Balancing Antagonists Locally & Regionally

10:00-12:00 – Lab II: Finding & Maintaining AP Neutral Spine

  • Facilitating Accurate Patient Perception
  • Functionalizing Exercise: Sit, Stand, Bend, WIFS

12:00-1:00 – Lunch on your own

1:00-3:15 – Lab III: Anterior/Posterior Lumbo-Thoracic Relationships
  • Mobilize Thoracic/Stabilize Lumbar: Funneling Movement Where We Want It
  • Applying Constraints & Changing Venues: Targeted Thoracic Activation
3:30-5:30 – Lab IV: Lumbo-Pelvic Rotational Relationships
  • Mobilizing Hip IR/ER: Stabilizing Pelvis & Low Back Rotationally
  • Balancing Pelvic Antagonists: Pelvic Force Couple Balance & Competence
Day Two

8:00-9:45 – Lab V: Lumbo-Pelvic Rotational Relationships (Continued)

  • Adding Resistance: Functionalizing Core Awareness & Control
  • Coordinating the 3 Components of Lumbo-Pelvic Stabilization

10:00-12:00 – Lab VI: Lumbo-Pelvic Diagonal Relationships

  • Unilateral Hip Flexor & Hip Extensor Use: Balancing Antagonists L/R
  • Belly Up & Belly Down Orientations

12:00-1:00 – Lunch on your own

1:00-3:15 – Lab VII: Lumbo-Pelvic Diagonals (Continued)
  • Trochanteric Pain, FAI, Labrum, THR & Piriformis: Stabilizing the Hips
  • Cueing Proprioceptive Awareness: Fascio-Skeletal Weight Bearing

3:45-5:30 – Lab VIII: Putting It All Together

  • Gait Patterns for Hip & Lumbar Stability: Pelvic Force Couple Drills
  • Case Studies, Questions & Discussion

It has been YEARS since I've taken a con ed course that I felt taught me something new and useful. Thank you so much!
Outstanding course, really enjoyed all of it!
I already want to learn more. This is a tremendous shot in the arm for me as a therapist. I really want another course exactly like this one for the neck and extremities!
Great hands on practice, active learning & quality feedback.
Loved learning how to modify specific movements to clients' needs. Detailed instruction very helpful.
AWESOME!! Gave me tools to help both myself and my clients.
This course was amazing, please don't change a thing!
Excellent course, quite informative, useful and fun!
Very inspiring! Thank you for giving me the tools to save my own/patients backs!!!
Great interaction both ways and no power point. Thank you for sharing years of experience with us.

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Dates and Locations

Friday, May 8, 2020 to Saturday, May 9, 2020

Salt Lake City, UT

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Therapeutic Movement Seminars

290 Burke Drive
Camano Island, WA 98282

Phone: 206-930-9204