• Professions

    PT, PTA, ATC & NDs

  • Contact Hours

    12.2 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 actively participate in movement-based exercises while learning new treatment strategies designed for immediate use at the clinic. This dynamic approach goes beyond strengthening muscles and emphasizes teaching Integrated Movement Patterns that simultaneously:

  • Elicit core muscle activation
  • Stretch & strengthen relevant hip muscles
  • Facilitate proprioceptive self-awareness
  • Teach posture & body mechanics optimization

Due to the complex regional relationships in this area and the repetitive, unconscious nature of human movement, muscle stretching and strengthening alone does not guarantee success. 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 lab course features 7 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 low back pain.

  • Define Regional Interdependence & Relative Flexibility--giving 2 examples of hip-lumbar relationships & 1 lumbar-thoracic relationship example.

  • Explain differences between Static Integration & Dynamic Integration exercises in terms of pelvic control & lumbar stabilzation.

  • List 3 Principles of Optimal Movement & give examples of common lumbar 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 LBP.

  • Explain the importance of Internal Attentional Focus when working with chronic or degenerative low back pain patients.

  • List 4 integrated movement Teaching Strategies suggested by Motor Control Principles that make exercise "informational".

  • Define a Plevic Force Couple & explain its' relevance to Rotation-Related low back pain.


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

    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, Parameters & Overview

    • Safety Reminders & Lab Outline

    • Chapter 3 Quiz

  • 4

    First AP Lumbo-Pelvic Lab 1

    • Types & Treatments of Low Back Pain

    • Common Lumbar AP Stressors

    • Observing Flexion Bias

    • Observing Extension Bias

    • First Exercise Trio

    • Second Exercise Trio & Summary

    • Chapter 4 Quiz

  • 5

    First LR Lumbo-Pelvic Lab 2

    • Rotation Related Low Back Pain

    • Pelvic Force Couples

    • Exercise Trio & Analysis

    • Chapter 5 Quiz

  • 6

    Lumbo-Thoracic Lab 3

    • How the Thorax Influences the Low Back

    • Postural Perspectives

    • First Exercise Pair & Analysis

    • Second Exercise Pair & Analysis

    • Chapter 6 Quiz

  • 7

    Second AP Lumbo-Pelvic Lab 4

    • Lab Preview & First Exercise Pair

    • Second Exercise Trio & Lab Wrap Up

    • Chapter 7 Quiz

  • 8

    Second LR Lumbo-Pelvic Lab 5

    • Exercise Pair & Lab Sundries

    • Chapter 8 Quiz

  • 9

    Conversation Starters Lab 6

    • Exaggerate Stresses to Recognize Stresses

    • Chapter 9 Quiz

  • 10

    Movement Practice Lab 7

    • After Discharge

    • Chapter 10 Quiz

  • 11

    Pelvic Floor & Core Lab 8

    • Coordinating Floor & Core

    • Chapter 11 Quiz

    • Course Bibliography

  • 12

    Course Completion Survey

    • Required Course Evaluation


“"I'm only part way through this course but I am so impressed! It just makes so much sense. It's already helping my own body and my patients'. I feel like this is what I went to physical therapy school to learn but didn't and haven't been able to find since...until now! Thank you so much for making these courses available online. It is a nice format for me because I can spend a couple hours once or twice a week and mull it over while applying it to current patients before I take on more info. ”

Jennifer C, PT

“Thank you for your time and commitment to the profession and the integrated movement practice approach. I really liked the movement perspective and other possible variations in relation to hip/pelvic/trunk control/dissociation. ”

Carli K, PT

CEUs & State Approvals

We Work Hard So You Don't Have To

This 12.2 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, MT (Cat A), 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 max online), 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.