• Professions

    PT, PTA, OT, OTA, ATC & NDs

  • Contact Hours

    13 CEUs/CCUs

  • State Approvals

    Please see bottom of page for details.

  • Course Format

    eLearning/Self Directed Course

  • Course Access

    Unlimited access to online course, 24/7

  • Certificate of Completion

    Printable CE Certificate

Course Description

In this fun and thought-provoking course you'll observe, analyze and participate in movement-based exercises while learning new treatment strategies designed for immediate use at the clinic. Traumatic injuries are included but our focus is primarily on repetitive stress and/or degenerative conditions: 

  • Cervical disc & facet joint breakdown           
  • Nerve entrapments & cervicogenic headaches
  • Thoracic outlet & shoulder girdle myofascial syndromes
  • Costochondritis and chronic thoracic pain. 

Additionally, we address thoraco-scapular relationships, breathing choices, upper cervical muscle tension and myofascial issues. Use the Dynamic Integrated Movement concepts in this course to improve patient compliance, outcomes and extrapolation to daily activities. Connecting the dots between exercise and ADLs is imperative for long lasting results!

This multi-media course features 8.5 hrs of video recorded labs, interspersed within the written material and separated by chapters. All videos are linked and easily accessible.  

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • List 2 Phases of Motor Learning in which rehabilitation professionals play an important role when working with people with neck & upper back pain.

  • Define Regional Interdependence & Relative Flexibility—giving 2 examples of thoraco-cervical & thoraco-scapular relationships.

  • Explain differences between Static Integration & Dynamic Integration exercises in terms of neck to trunk & scapula to thorax relationships.

  • List 3 Principles of Optimal Movement & give examples of common cervical & thoracic conditions resulting from sub-optimal movement or postural patterns.

  • Define Global & Differentiated movement/postural patterns—and explain the importance of language specificity in a Movement Model of cervical & thoracic pain and dysfunction.

  • Explain the importance of Internal Attentional Focus when working with chronic or degenerative neck pain & with thoracic or rib issues.

  • List 4 Integrated Movement Teaching Strategies suggested by Motor Control Principles that make exercise ‘informational’.


Physical Therapist & Feldenkrais Teacher

I started my physical therapy career in the early 1980’s. Yes, I've been around awhile! Growing up as a movement junkie, I enjoyed games, sports and martial arts. I went to PT school hoping to learn about movement. I learned lots of great stuff in my rehab training, but learning about how the body moves or how to get a body to move better was not one of them. For this, I had to venture outside traditional rehab sources. I have studied the Feldenkrais Method, T’ai Chi, Yoga and Qi Gong over the last 30 years, and have incorporated elements of these movement systems into my PT practice. Learning and utilizing these systems opened my eyes to the unintentional mistakes and erroneous assumptions seen in much of both rehab related and fitness related exercise. I knew I wasn't alone in my search so I started teaching continuing education courses to rehab professionals in 1999 hoping to share this knowledge with my colleagues. I've written 2 books: A Manual Therapists' Guide to Movement (book & audio) and Outsmarting Low Back Pain (booklet & video).

Course Outline

  • 1


    • Introduction & The Basics

  • 2

    Integrated Movement Background

    • Professional Identity & Integrated Movement

    • Language & Science of Integrated Movement

    • Targets, Styles & Teaching Techniques

    • Chapter 2 Quiz

  • 3

    Paradigms & Region Overview

    • Pain Models, Paradigms & Overview

    • Safety Reminders & Lab Themes

    • Common Stressors & Lab Outline

    • Chapter 3 Quiz

  • 4

    First AP Spinal & Global Shoulder Girdle Lab 1

    • Categorizing Cervical & Thoracic Pain

    • Common AP Postural Stresses

    • Common AP Movement Stresses

    • Observing & Appraising AP Elements

    • AP Mistakes & First Lab Exercises

    • Second Lab Exercises, Variations & Cueing

    • Chapter 4 Quiz

  • 5

    First Rotational Spinal Lab 2

    • Rotational Stresses & Observations

    • Lab Exercises, Variations & Mistakes

    • Chapter 5 Quiz

  • 6

    First LR Spinal Lab 3

    • LR Stresses & Observations

    • Lab Exercises, Variations & Props

    • Chapter 6 Quiz

  • 7

    Second AP Spinal & Differentiated Shoulder Girdles Lab 4

    • AP Differentiations, Exercise & Cueing

    • Chapter 7 Quiz

  • 8

    Second LR Spinal Lab 5

    • First & Second Lab Exercises

    • Lab Variations & Breathing

    • Chapter 8 Quiz

  • 9

    Second Rotational Spinal Lab 6

    • All Lab Exercises

    • Chapter 9 Quiz

  • 10

    Scapular Instability & Tension Lab 7

    • Scapular 'Conversations' & All Lab Exercises

    • Chapter 10 Quiz

  • 11

    Movement Practice Material Lab 8

    • After Discharge & SAID Principle

    • Course Bibliography

    • Chapter 11 Quiz

  • 12

    Course Completion Survey

    • Required Course Evaluation


“Excellent course, the videos were very helpful and explicative, along with the written information. Thank you for using language that was easy to understand and follow. ”

Angela B, PTA

“Excellent presentation & very enjoyable online course! Thanks for the option to learn online while in person classes are not available. Labs and demonstration of movements are both helpful - I think you need both. ”

Vicky D, PT

CEUs & State Approvals

We Work Hard So You Don't Have To

This 13 hour online course has been approved or meets continuing education requirements toward relicensure as noted below.

*APPROVED by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

*APPROVED by the New Mexico Board of Physical Therapy. 

PT/PTA:  *This course meets your board requirements - No pre-approval required: AL, AZ (Cat A), CO (Cat 1), CT, GA, IA, KS, MO, ND (meets ND requirement for approved units), NE (, NH, SC & WA.

PT/PTA: *Your board accepts courses approved by other state PT Boards/Associations: AK, AZ (Cat A), DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, MI, MO, MS, MT (Cat A), NC, OR (required examination included), PA, RI, SD, TN (Class 1, 10 hr online max), UT, VA, VT, WI & WY.

OT/OTA:  *This course meets your board requirements - NO pre-approval required: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, GA, IA, ID, KS, NE, UT, WA, WV & WY.

*Please note that due to the changing nature of state requirements for continuing education, Therapeutic Movement Seminars suggests you contact your state licensing board or association for the most current information on continuing education, specific rules and regulations. 

Refund Policy

Once the course is purchased and accessed online, there are no refunds available.