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Optimal Movement Strategies for Seniors
Linking Functional Exercise & Dynamic Integration for Improved Outcomes
Course Description
When working with our senior population, we have much to do in a limited period of time. This course will help you maximize your time and improve patient outcomes through exercise prescription and neuromuscular facilitation techniques that are more contemporary, informative and functionally relevant. Gain fresh new perspectives on progressive transfer training, balance and postural improvements, gait and stairs facilitation, skin protection, bending and reaching. Content features Dynamic Integrative Movement Principles & Specific Motor Control Exercise (SMCE), providing creative and innovative new ways of improving functional movement and independence in your patients. You will experientially explore Integrative Movement Patterns and contrast these with common, dysfunctional patterns, then learn to utilize cutting-edge teaching strategies and concepts to progressively facilitate specific motor skill acquisition. Use these Optimal Movement Strategies with orthopedic surgeries or injuries, neurological conditions, musculoskeletal complaints and the "weak and wobbly"; in the hospital, SNF, and home health settings or while working with active seniors in outpatient care.
CEUs & State Approvals (15 CEUs)

This course is automatically approved and accepted for PT/OT licensure renewal in Oregon & Washington as it has been approved by other state boards & associations. All of our courses are designed to meet state requirements for continuing education for PT, PTA, OT, COTA, ATC & other licensed health care professionals. Oregon & Washington do NOT have their own course approval process.

Please call if you have any questions regarding state approval. Course certificates will be given to each participant at the completion of the course.

Course Objectives
By the completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • List three key differences between Static Integration and Dynamic Integration movement models and exercise principles.
  • Explain the concept and the importance of "Teaching to the Test"- linking therapeutic activities and exercise to Medicare guidelines to reconcile payer requirements with a patient-first practice model.
  • Define Global and Differentiated movement patterns and give two examples each from lower extremities, upper extremities and spine.
  • List and explain a key characteristic and a key benefit of Specific Motor Control Exercise; Pattern Specificity and Pattern Recognition.
  • Explain the benefits of "Teaching to the Tools" - using environmental affordances and everyday tools to make exercise functional; use of bowls and broomsticks, stools and stairs, towels, sinks and more.
  • In prescribing exercise for seniors, list one benefit each for the following teaching techniques; reciprocating movements, application of constraints, change of venue and the goldilocks principle.
  • Demonstrate Language and Manual Cueing for optimal movement training throughout the course through partner observation and partner practice.
About the Instructors

Gordon Browne, PT, GCFP 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".

Jeni Gall, PT, DPT (Pacific University, 2003) is a licensed Physical Therapist and Orthopedic Movement Specialist with a passion for the intricacies of human movement. Clinical experience includes pediatrics, outpatient orthopedics, skilled nursing, and home health. Dr. Gall is the owner of MovePT, PLLC, in Vancouver, WA. MovePT serves individuals and families, and partners with local businesses to provide dynamic movement workshops and practical injury prevention strategies through its Professional Connections Program.

Course Outline
Lab sessions involve evaluation practice, manual and verbal facilitation techniques, modifications and discussion of clinical relevance
Day One

7:45-8:00-Sign In & Snacks

8:00-9:45-Introduce Concepts: Senior Specific Interventions
  • The Medicare Challenge: Documentation Requirements & Treating Effectively
  • Multi-Tasking: Teaching to the Test & Providing Appropriate Care
  • Principles of Dynamic Integration: Global & Differentiated Patterns
9:45-10:00-Morning Break

10:00-12:00-Lab I: Horizontal Movement Patterns
  • Training the Hips to Move the Pelvis: Supine and Side-Lying
  • Integrating Upper and Lower Body: Log Rolls and Rotation
  • Link to Functional Context: Rolling, Bed Mobility and Skin Care
12:00-1:00-Lunch on your own

1:00-3:00-Lab II: Sitting Movement Patterns
  • AP Balance Reactions: Hip Flexor/Extensor Training and Trunk Control
  • L/R Balance Reactions: Early Pelvic Force Couple Training and Rib Mobility
  • Link to Functional Context: Sitting Posture, Breathing, Reaching and Skin Care
3:00-3:15-Afternoon Break

3:15-5:00-Lab III: Transitional Movements
  • Transferring Weight to Feet: Back Extension and Hip Flexion
  • Transitioning Sit to Stand: Hip Extension with Stable Back
  • Link to Function: Sitting and Standing Posture, Bending, Transfers
Day Two


8:15-10:00-Lab IV: Standing, Weight-Shifts & Turning
  • Transferring Weight L/R and Front/Back: Intermediate Pelvic Force Couples
  • Trunk Control and Balance Reactions: Integrating Upper & Lower Body
  • Link to Function: Balance/Fall Prevention, Hip & Knee Stressors, Chores
10:00-10:15-Morning Break

10:15-12:15-Lab V: Stepping Movements
  • Single Leg Stance and Stepping: Facilitating 3D Hip Competence
  • Diagonal Bending and the Texas Two-Step: Advanced Pelvic Force Couples
  • Link to Function: Balance/Fall Prevention, Floor Transfers, Gait/Stairs/Curbs
12:15-1:15-Lunch on your own

1:15-3:15-Lab VI: Upper Extremity Themes
  • Integrating Arms, Shoulder Girdles and the Torso: Getting Ribs Involved
  • Upper Extremity Internal and External Rotation Patterns
  • Link to Function: Balance/Fall Prevention, Reaching/Lifting/Carrying
3:15-3:30-Afternoon Break

3:30-5:00-VII: Continued UE Themes and Wrap Up
  • Upper Extremity IR/ER Patterns & Fine Tuning Progressions
  • Review of Principles & Overview of Teaching Strategies

Fantastic Course!! Jeni was great at creating an open environment for learning.
Very interesting course, I'm confident I'll be able to apply this material to my practice to improve pt outcomes.
Dynamic, informative, thought provoking presence from Jeni.
The movement lab was wonderful. I can get off the floor without so much effort and discomfort now!!!
I highly recommend this course and I'm glad I made the drive. It was worth the time and effort.
Very hands on and interactive! Less sitting and talking compared to other courses I've taken...thank you!
Great course! Thank you for all the valuable information.
Loved the explanation on how the exercise relates to function.
Loved all the movement, very educational and kept my attention.
It's a great class, reasonable cost with useful integrated movement exercises.

Course Fees
Single Registrant
2 to 4*
5 or more*

*Price per person when registering at the same time.
Please call if paying separately.

Course Brochure
Dates and Locations

Saturday, February 22, 2020 to Sunday, February 23, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn - Portland Airport
Portland, OR 97220

phone: 503-255-8600
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Saturday, February 29, 2020 to Sunday, March 1, 2020

Phoenix Inn Suites - Eugene
Eugene, OR 97403

phone: 541-344-0001
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Therapeutic Movement Seminars

290 Burke Drive
Camano Island, WA 98282

Phone: 206-930-9204