Integrated Patterns of Movement - Free Online Course
Exercise Implications & Rehab Opportunities
PT, PTA, OT, COTA, ATC, DC & NDs
This online multi-media course focuses on the application and utilization of integrated movement principles in an orthopedic rehab setting. By combining approximately 3 hours of written text with 2+ hours of movement videos (65% observational lab and 35% participation lab), we’ve created a high quality, fun & interactive home study program.
At the completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- Explain the relevance of Regional Interdependence and Relative Flexibility concepts when working with people with repetitive stress injuries.
- Define Global & Differentiated movement patterns and give one example each from lower extremities, upper extremities and spine.
- Explain the importance of the Specificity Principle & the Transfer Principle when prescribing exercise for motor control purposes.
- List two examples each of when External or Internal Attentional Focus should be utilized in rehab.
- Enumerate the four Principles of Optimal Movement and give one ortho-related clinical example of a ‘mistake’ relating to each principle.
- Describe the two major differences between Static & DynamicIntegration
- Apply the five Principles of Informational Exercise to clinical practice for improved outcomes.
The course is comprised of 7 chapters, representing 7 main themes:
Chapter 1—Our Professional Identity revolves primarily around the movement system—we are the experts in health care when it comes to assessing and optimizing the joint, ligamentous and muscular aspects of movement. However, progress can still be made when it comes to our ability to define optimal movement, to recognize inter-relationships between various body regions, and to train the neural control aspects of movement.
Chapter 2—Bodies are Integrated and we should be teaching integrative movement and training synergistic muscle patterns—either instead of or in addition to prescribing individual muscle stretching or strengthening exercises.
Chapter 3—Language that describes integrated relationships is proposed—designating relationships as global or differentiated assists us in recognizing and naming the pattern at fault, as well as prescribing the appropriate exercise or the accurate corrective pattern.
Chapter 4—Evidence to support integrated movement concepts and various movement training strategies is provided—studies, articles, motor control theories, and specificity/transfer principles are highlighted.
Chapter 5—Principles of optimal movement can be observed, articulated and justified—then taught to our patients as a means by which they can gain control of their own musculoskeletal well-being.
Chapter 6—Static or dynamic integration principles are the differing choices or competing visions of how the body works—this course suggests a paradigm shift, moving past static ‘origin and insertion’ thinking and evolving to something more dynamic, more organic and much more effective.
Chapter 7—Techniques for training movement, or principles of informational exercise, are suggested based on tools drawn from various experiential movement systems—and backed up by the evidence supplied in chapter four.