Comprehensive Stabilization Strategies for the
Low Back, Pelvis & Hips
Teaching Postural Control & Optimal Movement Skills
In this fun and interactive movement lab course we will observe, analyze and participate in movement based exercises while learning new treatment strategies designed for immediate clinical application. This approach goes beyond strengthening the muscles to teaching integrated movement patterns that simultaneously elicit core muscle activation, stretch and strengthen relevant hip muscles, facilitate proprioceptive self-awareness, postural control and body mechanics optimization. Since recent Regional Interdependence research has shown a clear correlation between hip limitation and low back pain, we know the hips need to be mobilized in one or more directions to reduce lumbar hypermobility stresses. But sometimes the hips themselves are unstable; people with trochanteric pain syndrome, femuro-acetabular impingements, hip replacements and damaged labrums need to learn stabilization. Considering the complex regional inter-relationships in this area and the repetitive and unconscious nature of human movement, muscle strengthening alone does not guarantee stability. Nor does it force a change in the habitual and suboptimal movement and postural patterns that created the instability in the first place. Carrying forward aspects of current stabilization principles but progressing to something both more informative and functional, we can borrow from selected aspects of dynamically integrated movement systems to improve patient compliance, outcomes and extrapolation to daily activities. Connecting the dots between exercise and ADLs is imperative for long lasting results. Come experience a refreshing new perspective, you will never see movement and exercise the same way again!
By the completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Define Regional Interdependence & Specificity Principle
- List three primary differences between Static Integration & Dynamic Integration based exercise
- Define the difference between Global & Differentiated movement or postural patterns and list two examples of each in the low back/hip region
- List three principles of Optimal Movement and give examples of common hip/lumbar injuries resulting from sub-optimal movement
- Define a Pelvic Force Couple and list the relevant pairs of muscle synergists
- Explain how teaching techniques make exercise more “informational”; reciprocating movements, use of constraints, change of venue, goldilocks principle and link to functional context
Lab sessions include experiential movement, partner observation, facilitation techniques, modifications & discussion of clinical relevance.
7:45-8:00—Registration & Snacks
8:00-9:30—Introduction to Integrated Movement Principles
- Exercise Paradigms: Isolate or Integrate?
- Types of Integrated Movement/Exercise: Static & Dynamic
- Principles of Optimal Movement/Posture
9:45-12:00—Lab I: Lumbo-Pelvic AP Relationships (1st Approximation)
- Determining Habitual & Non-Habitual Differentiation Patterns
- Hip Extensor/Abdominal & Hip Flexor/Back Extensor Synergies
- Facilitating Patient Perception: Find & Maintain AP Neutral Spine
12:00-1:00—Lunch on your own
1:00-3:00—Lab II: Lumbo-Pelvic Rotational Relationships (1st Approximation)
- Mobilizing Hip IR/ER: Stabilizing Pelvis & Low Back Rotationally
- Functional Training of Hip Rotators, Adductors & Gluteus Medius
- Reciprocating Movements: Balancing Antagonists & Re-Calibrating Neutral
3:15-5:30—Lab III: Lumbo-Pelvic AP Relationships (2nd Approximation)
- Mobilize Thoracic/Stabilize Lumbar: Funneling Movement Where We Want It
- Applying Constraints & Changing Venues: Targeted Thoracic Activation
- Facilitating Even Distribution of Movement & Proportional Use of Synergists
8:00-9:45—Lab IV: Lumbo-Pelvic Rotational Relationships (2nd Approximation)
- Adding Resistance: Facilitating Core Awareness & Control
- Coordinating 3 Layers of Stability: Intersegmental, Waist & Pelvis
- Patient Pattern Recognition & Problem Solving: Creating Progressions
10:00-12:00—Lab V: Lumbo-Pelvic AP Relationships (3rd Approximation)
- Functionalizing Exercise: Sit, Stand, Bend, WIFS
- Making Better Movement Choices: Introducing Deliberate Mistakes
12:00-1:00—Lunch on your own
1:00-3:15—Lab VI: Multi-Planar Hips (Diagonals, Force Couples & 3D Hips)
- Defining & Training Pelvic Force Couples
- Unilateral Hip Flexor & Hip Extensor Use: Balancing L/R
- Stabilizing the Hips: Trochanteric Pain, FAI, Labral Issues & Piriformis
3:30-5:30—Lab VII: Gait Considerations & Wrap UP
- Common Gait Types: Rotational, Lateral Shear & Heavy-Footed
- Pelvic Force Couple Gait Pattern: Advantages & Drills
- Research, Review & Questions
We submit all our courses for continuing education approval in the state in which it is being held, if required. For more information please visit our State Approvals page
|2 to 4*
|5 or more*
*Price per person when registering at the same time. Please call if paying separately.
"It has been YEARS since I've taken a con ed course that I felt taught me something new and useful. Thank you so much!"
Outstanding course, really enjoyed all of it!
I already want to learn more. This is a tremendous shot in the arm for me as a therapist. I really want another course exactly like this one for the neck and extremities!
Great hands on practice, active learning & quality feedback.
Loved learning how to modify specific movements to clients' needs. Detailed instruction very helpful.
AWESOME!! Gave me tools to help both myself and my clients.
This course was amazing, please don't change a thing!
Excellent course, quite informative, useful and fun!
Very inspiring! Thank you for giving me the tools to save my own/patients backs!!!
Great interaction both ways and no power point. Thank you for sharing years of experience with us.