• Professions

    PT, PTA, 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

The hips are the true linchpins of the body. They provide the foundation for both the spinal system and the knees & feet. Hip muscle imbalances or inefficiencies can have profound negative effects. Therefore, having a clear understanding of how the hips function and how they influence the health of the rest of the motor system is crucial. Additionally, the hips (and the thigh muscles) have their own health or pain issues to deal with. This course is designed to give you a birds’ eye view of how the hips function and how to use dynamic movement training to treat the myriad of conditions seen in this area. 

We will address traumatic hip & thigh issues: 

  • Femoral or acetabular fractures 
  • Traumatic labral tears 
  • Post-surgical (total hip, FAI or labral surgery) 
  • Groin strains & hamstring tears/strains 


We will also address the more common repetitive stress or degenerative injuries: 

  • Trochanteric pain syndrome & osteoarthritis
  • Femuro-acetabular impingement & labral issues
  • Snapping hip & gluteus medius tendinosis 
  • Hip flexor tendon or bursae issues 
  • Hamstring insertion pain or bursitis and piriformis syndrome 


This is a movement course, with a ton of lab work—as the best way of learning movement and practical motor control exercise is to participate, observe mistakes and analyze optimal and sub-optimal movement patterns. To this end, there are 8 hours of video—and about 25 % of these videos are observational and related to clinical reasoning, variations, manual cueing or common mistakes. But the majority are participatory and feature verbally guided and visually demonstrated movement sequences designed to optimize hip function, balance and health. 

Course Objectives

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

  • Explain difference between Static Integration & Dynamic Integration exercise in terms of waist muscle vs hip muscle control of the pelvis.

  • Define the Pelvic Force Couple muscle synergy & list its’ benefits in gait.

  • List the 2 Phases of Motor Learning in which rehabilitation professionals play an important role when working with people with repetitive-stress hip pain or trauma recovery.

  • Explain the strategy of Reciprocating Movements for the purpose of hip muscle & pelvic force couple Antagonist Balancing.

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

  • Explain the importance of Internal Attentional Focus when working with hip instability issues—labral, FAI, piriformis syndrome, trochanteric pain syndrome, etc.

  • List 4 Integrated Movement Teaching Strategies— suggested by Motor Control Theories and the Transfer Principle— that make exercise ‘informational’.


Physical Therapist, Author & Instructor

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

    Background on Integrated Movement

    • 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

    • Chapter 3 Quiz

  • 4

    First AP Hip Lab 1

    • Hip Pain Categorizations & Solutions

    • AP Hip Stresses & Asking Questions

    • Determining AP Pelvic Bias

    • First Exercise Pair

    • Second Exercise Pair & Lab Wrap Up

    • Chapter 4 Quiz

  • 5

    First Diagonal Hip Lab 2

    • Hip Diagonal Basics

    • First Exercise

    • Diagonal Stresses & Hip Stabilization

    • Second/Third Exercise Sets & Lab Wrap

    • Chapter 5 Quiz

  • 6

    Muscle Hypertonicity Reduction Lab 3

    • Minimizing Effort

    • Lab Exercise Pair

    • Chapter 6 Quiz

  • 7

    Second AP Hip Lab 4

    • Lab Exercises, Applications & Variations

    • Chapter 7 Quiz

  • 8

    First Pelvic Force Couple Lab 5

    • PFC Background & Implications

    • First Exercise Pair & 'What Happens If'

    • Common Gait Patterns

    • Second Exercise Set & Lab Wrap

    • Chapter 8 Quiz

  • 9

    Second Diagonal Hip Lab 6

    • First & Second Exercise Sets

    • Chapter 9 Quiz

  • 10

    Second Pelvic Force Couple Lab 7

    • Balance, Locomotion & Lab Exercises

    • Chapter 10 Quiz

  • 11

    Movement Practice Possibilities

    • After Discharge & SAID Principle

    • Bibliography

    • Chapter 11 Quiz

  • 12

    Course Completion Survey

    • Required Course Evaluation

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 (10 hr max home study), 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.

*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.