• Professions

    PT, PTA, OT, OTA, ATC & NDs

  • Contact Hours

    5.5 CEUs/CCUs

  • State Approvals

    Multi-State, See Below

  • Course Format

    Self Study / Web Based

  • Course Access

    6 Months, Unlimited

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    Course Manual & CE Certificate

Course Description

While a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a thousand pictures. This 5.5-hour multi-media program is a combination of written text and high-quality demonstrative video. It addresses our role as movement teachers in a rehabilitation setting and how patient outcomes improve using a therapeutic movement model. This comprehensive yet simple guided tour of human movement will inspire you! Topics covered include:

  • The role of rehab professionals in movement optimization—taking on the role of movement teachers, not just body mechanics.
  • Bodies are integrated & move in cooperative patterns—a new ‘regional interdependence’ understanding of movement is emerging.
  • The language of movement—identify & name patterns at fault, then develop exercise that trains individual-specific corrective patterns.
  • The 4 principles of optimal movement—our guidelines when it comes to identifying the sub-optimal movement or postural patterns that contribute to musculoskeletal distress & inefficiencies.
  • Static & Dynamic Integration—this program articulates the drawbacks of our current static view & advocates for a more dynamic understanding.
  • Utilize optimal movement & dynamic integration principles with various musculoskeletal complaints—examples from the 4-major body sub-regions are described and shown.
  • Benefits & Modifications—dynamic integration exercise that fits our rehab populations.
  • The Specificity & Transfer Principles—tricks of the trade that make our exercise 'stick'.

By combining approximately 3 hours of written text with 2.5 hours of video recorded movement labs, we’ve created a fun & interactive home study program.


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

    1. Chapter 1: The Movement Teacher

    2. Clinical Perspectives

    3. The Teachers' Role

    4. Chapter 1: Quiz

    1. Chapter 2: Evolution of Movement Training

    2. Integrated Movement in the Literature

    3. Chapter 2: Quiz

    1. Chapter 3: Naming Patterns & 'Larval' Relationships

    2. 'T-Rex' & 'King Kong' Relationships

    3. Chapter 3: Quiz

    1. Chapter 4: Pattern Specificity

    2. Neuroplasticity & The Bernstein Problem

    3. Motor Control Theories

    4. Three Pillars & Attentional Focus

    5. Behavioral Influences & Phases of Motor Learning

    6. Chapter 4: Quiz

    1. Chapter 5: Alignment & Conserving Energy

    2. Distribution of Movement & Effort

    3. Chapter 5: Quiz

About this course

  • $65.00
  • 29 lessons
  • 5.5 hours - CEUs

Course Objectives

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

  • Explain the relevance of Regional Interdependence & Relative Flexibility concepts when working with people with repetitive stress injuries.

  • Define Global & Differentiated movement patterns and give 1 example each from lower extremities, upper extremities & spine.

  • Explain the importance of the Specificity Principle & the Transfer Principle when prescribing exercise for motor control purposes.

  • List 2 examples each of when External or Internal Attentional Focus should be utilized in rehab.

  • Enumerate the 4 Principles of Optimal Movement and give 1 ortho-related clinical example of a ‘mistake’ relating to each principle.

  • Describe the 2 major differences between Static & Dynamic Integration.

  • Apply the 5 Principles of Informational Exercise to clinical practice for improved outcomes.


“"This course organized the most important things I have learned about being a PT and treating patients thus far in such a clear, concise, and eloquent way. Then it brought me to my most burning question: "HOW DO I MAKE IT STAY?" It then answered that question. FINALLY!”

Jennifer C, PT

“Great course! I liked the videos in addition to just text and that the material was presented in chapters vs all at once. Look forward to taking another course in the future.”

Brent DG, PT

“The rationale is close to the gut feelings I've had about exercise. The instructor poses questions to make you think about what you just read & nice interactive videos.”

Gretchen K, PT

“I've been a long time follower of your work and it always amazes me how logical the presented concepts are. It makes sense to me and my patients. It is this AHA moment which they like the most - figuring out that the movement might be different from their habitual movement, might be changed, and might feel good. I teach Pilates and the concept of body awareness is one of the main concepts I teach. This is what I see as very often absent (unfortunately) in PT practice and this is what I find (again and again) as a great teaching tool for a patient's success. Thank you again for a great course. ”

Natalia T, PTA

CEUs & State Approvals

We Work Hard So You Don't Have To

This 5.5 hour online course has been approved and/or meets continuing education requirements as noted below.


- Texas Physical Therapy Association

- New Mexico Board of Physical Therapy

Approvals In Other States:

PT/PTA:  *This course meets your board requirements - No pre-approval required: AL, CO (Cat 1), CT, GA, IA, KS, MO, ND (meets ND requirement for approved units), NE (10 hr max home study courses), 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 (10 hr max home study), OR (required examination included), PA, RI, SD, TN (Class 1, 10 hr online max), UT (Cat. II examination included, each hour equals 1.5 CEUs), 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.