Fundamental Movement Strategies for the
Neck, Thorax & Shoulders
Teaching Functional Exercise & Postural Control
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. We will explore how the slinky-like rib cage and thoracic spine should constitute a mobile and flexible base from which the head, neck and arms can move. We will be moving beyond origin and insertion thinking by utilizing integrative movement principles that see the head (and arms) moving as an extension of a dynamically moving torso, rather than moving relative to a stabilized torso (or scapula). Facilitating proximal power, balance and mobility with distal control, nuance and delicacy, this course explores the various relationships of the spinal system. These relationships include the mistakes people make that create repetitive strain injuries as well as the compensations made in response to injury. This approach to studying movement (dynamic/alive vs anatomical/cadaveric) makes you a better practitioner by improving your fluency in the universal language of movement—proprioceptive awareness and choice-based motor habit optimization. Informational movement sequences are built around functional contexts of balance, orientation to a high horizon, breath, orientation up/down and along the horizon, gait and shoulder girdle stabilization—connecting the dots between exercise and ADLs is imperative for long lasting results. Come and 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 exercise
- Define the difference between Global & Differentiated movement or postural patterns—list two examples of each in the neck and shoulder girdles
- List three principles of Optimal Movement and give examples of common cervical and shoulder girdle clinical presentations resulting from sub-optimal movement
- Explain the benefits of informational exercise strategies—use of constraints, change of venue, reciprocating movements, goldilocks principle and link to functional context
- Identify long-term habitual movement and postural mistakes and correlate to cervical disc/joint degeneration, cervico-genic headaches, shoulder girdle myofascial syndromes, thoracic outlet syndrome, whiplash/MVA and more
Lab sessions involve experiential movement, partner observations, facilitation techniques, modifications & discussion of clinical relevance.
7:45-8:00—Registration & Snacks
8:00-9:45—Introduction to Integrated Movement Principles
- Exercise Paradigms: Isolate or Integrate?
- Types of Integrated Movement/Exercise: Static & Dynamic
- Principles of Optimal Movement/Posture
10:00-12:00—Lab I: Simple Head-to-Tail Relationships (Global & Cardinal Plane)
- Recognizing Hypermobility/Hypomobility Pairs
- Balancing Antagonists Locally, Regionally & Globally: Neck Starts at Hips
- Facilitating Even Distribution of Movement & Proportional Use of Synergists
12:00-1:00—Lunch on your own
1:00-3:00—Lab II: Complex Head-to-Tail Relationships (Differentiated & Multi-Planar)
- Mobilize Thoracic/Stabilize Cervical: Funneling Movement Where We Want It
- Applying Constraints & Changing Venues: Targeted Thoracic Activation
- Facilitating High Horizon & Level Horizon: Fascio-Skeletal Weight Bearing
3:15-5:30—Lab III: Challenging Head-to-Tail Relationships (Increasing Demand)
- Intention to Move Distally Eliciting a Proximal Response
- Functionalizing Exercise: Orientation, Balance, Transitions
- Reciprocating Movements: Balancing Antagonists & Re-Calibrating to Truer Middle
8:00-9:45—Lab IV: Dynamic Scapular Stabilization & Scapulo-Thoracic Relationships I
- Scapulo-Thoracic Global & Differentiated Relationships
- Closed Kinetic Chain Facilitations
- L/R Thoracic Extension Diagonals: Key to Cervical & Shoulder Girdle Health
10:00-12:00—Lab V: Dynamic Scapular Stabilization & Scapulo-Thoracic Relationships II
- Anchoring the Arm to the Back vs. the Neck
- Dynamic vs Static Scapular Stabilization
- Grand Coalition of the Arm: Serratus, Lower Trap & Thoracic Extensors
12:00-1:00—Lunch on your own
1:00-3:00—Lab VI: Combined Themes & Loose Ends
- Differentiating Thoracic Extensors From Scapular Retractors
- “Setting” the Shoulders: Lifting, Holding, Carrying
- Functionalizing Exercise: Bending, Pushing, Reaching
3:15-5:30—Lab VII: Sympathetic/Parasympathetic Balancing
- Minimization of Unnecessary Effort
- Directed Breathing: The 360° Slinky & The Relaxation Response
- Review Objectives, Questions & Wrap Up
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.
"Wow, I loved this course! I will incorporate these movements immediately."
"This course was amazing! Most of the exercises were different, new concepts of ther ex on postural control and how to anchor scapula to back vs neck. Lots of open and closed chain modifications."
"Really appreciate the passion you bring to teaching!!"
"This course has opened my eyes to movement observation/evaluation and how to correct/improve movement dysfunction. Gold star and stamp of approval!"
"I work in a manual orthopedic clinic and the dynamic integration will be an asset to our “tool box”."
"I simply LOVE your courses! Thank you so much."
"After taking this course, I plan to change my approach from “parts checking” to movement assessment. The lab sessions were a major bonus! A+"
"Great job with teaching, outstanding content!"