Online Learning Modules

We have streamlined the format of our Exercise Course content that provides self-paced learning and clinical algorithms to help the student analyze upper and lower quarter functional movement tests, select appropriate manual therapy techniques to address any dysfunctional movement patterns and provides instruction in patient specific home exercises to achieve superior clinical outcomes.

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Lower Quarter Modules

Module 1

An overview of the theory, rationale and scientific support will be presented for identifying causes and treatment of muscle imbalances and lay the foundation for the upper and lower quarter assessment and treatment strategies presented in future modules.  Dr. Vladimir Janda’s three cross syndromes as well as his findings regarding the tonic and phasic muscle systems are discussed in detail.

Module 2

The practitioner will learn 8 functional movement tests for the lower quarter and how to identify common dysfunctional substitution patterns. Possible sources for abnormal afferent input to the musculo-skeletal system involving the lower quarter resulting in pain and a loss of function will be covered. Dr. Janda’s lower cross syndrome in relation to abnormal muscle responses will be reviewed and correlated with the movement tests. Modules 3 and 4 will cover the most effective manual therapy and self-directed home exercise programs to normalize the previously noted dysfunctional movement tests found in this module.

Module 3

An understanding of the common compensation patterns seen with the functional movement tests resulting in recurrent muscle tightness/hypertonicity and how this leads to inefficient movement patterns will be outlined for the lower quarter. A thorough assessment of muscle length, neurotension influences and joint mobility restrictions involving the spine, pelvis, hip and lower extremity are described. Treatment strategies for each of these influences are addressed through illustrated manual stretching and mobilization techniques, each of which is followed by a self-directed home exercise program.

Module 4

Muscles that are prone to inhibition/hypotonicity during the functional movement tests described in module 2 are identified and possible sources for their inhibition are presented. Therapist directed neuromotor retraining exercises are described that will help facilitate these inhibited muscle groups and home exercises that promote their re-activation are illustrated. Included in this module is the retraining of previously identified faulty movement patterns from module 2, finishing with recommended functional integration exercises for the lower quarter.

Upper Quarter Modules

Module 1

An overview of the theory, rationale and scientific support will be presented for identifying causes and treatment of muscle imbalances and lay the foundation for the upper and lower quarter assessment and treatment strategies presented in future modules.  Dr. Vladimir Janda’s three cross syndromes as well as his findings regarding the tonic and phasic muscle systems are discussed in detail.

Module 5

The practitioner will learn 8 functional movement tests for the upper quarter and how to identify common dysfunctional substitution patterns. Possible sources for abnormal afferent input to the musculo-skeletal system involving the upper quarter resulting in pain and a loss of function will be covered. Dr Janda’s upper cross syndrome in relation to abnormal muscle responses will be reviewed and correlated with the movement tests.  Modules 6 and 7 cover the most effective manual therapy and self-directed home exercise programs to normalize the previously noted dysfunctional movement tests found in this module.

Module 6

An understanding of the common compensation patterns seen with the functional movement tests resulting in recurrent muscle tightness/hypertonicity and how this leads to inefficient movement patterns will be outlined for the upper quarter. A thorough assessment of muscle length, neurotension influences and joint mobility restrictions involving the spine, shoulder and upper extremity are described. Treatment strategies for each of these influences are addressed through illustrated manual stretching and mobilization techniques, each of which is followed by a self-directed home exercise program.

Module 7

Muscles that are prone to inhibition/hypotonicity during the functional movement tests described in module 5 are identified and possible sources for their inhibition are presented. Therapist directed neuromotor retraining exercises are described that will help facilitate these inhibited muscle groups and home exercises that promote their re-activation are illustrated. Included in this module is the retraining of previously identified faulty movement patterns from module 5, finishing with recommended functional integration exercises for the upper quarter.

Already purchased modules? You can view them here.