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Fundamental Movement Strategies for the Neck, Thorax & Shoulders: Teaching Functional Exercise & Postural Control (GEPD)
University of Texas at El Paso Campbell Building
1101 N. Campbell Street
El Paso 79902
Saturday, September 28, 2019, 8:00 AM to Sunday, September 29, 2019, 5:30 PM CDT
Category: District Meetings

Fundamental Movement Strategies for the Neck, Thorax & Shoulders is a two-day introductory course that is highly relevant for physical therapists & physical therapist assistants. It advocates using integrated movement principles as our preferred choice in exercise prescription. Themes include definitions of integrated movement, classifications of integrated relationships into global and differentiated, and discussion on what constitutes optimal movement. Ways of facilitating patient proprioceptive self-awareness are explored and teaching techniques are articulated in ways that blend muscle/joint/fascia balancing with postural, ergonomic and body mechanics instructions. Manuals are provided and studies are cited. Lab sessions include experiential movement, partner observations, facilitation techniques, discussion of indications/contra-indications, modifications & discussion of clinical relevance. 16CCUs

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:
1. Define Regional Interdependence & Specificity Principle
2. List three primary differences between Static Integration & Dynamic Integration exercise
3. Define the difference between Global & Differentiated movement or postural patterns—list two examples of each in the neck and shoulder girdles
4. List three principles of Optimal Movement and give examples of common cervical and shoulder girdle clinical presentations resulting from sub-optimal movement
5. Explain the benefits of informational exercise strategies—use of constraints, change of venue, reciprocating movements, goldilocks principle and link to functional context
6. 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

Gordon Browne is a Physical Therapist with 25+ years of clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics and manual therapy. With a lifelong passion for movement, he has modified and medically articulated the clinical use of various integrated movement systems; the Feldenkrais Method (TM), Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi. Lecturer for 15+ years and author of two books; "A Manual Therapist's Guide to Movement" and "Outsmarting Low Back Pain". 

Course Outline Lab sessions involve experiential movement, partner observations, facilitation techniques, modifications & discussion of clinical relevance.
Day 1:7:45-8:00—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
9:45-10:00—Morning Break
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
3:00-3:15—Afternoon Break
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

Day 2:8:00-9:45—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
9:45-10:00—Morning Break
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
3:00-3:15—Afternoon Break
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

Early Bird: Register Online by September 20, 2019
Non Members: $375
TPTA Members: $325

After 9/20:
Non Members: $425
TPTA Members: $375

**There will not be onsite registration ** Timely course registration will allow GEPD coordinators and volunteers time to make adequate preparation. Therapeutic Movement Seminars requests participant course names 7 days in advance for printing of certificates. Late registrants (from September 21st) may or may not receive a printed course certificate in a timely fashion.

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Cancellation Policy 

A 15% cancellation fee will be assessed if a course participant chooses to cancel registration prior to or at 11:59 pm, September 20, 2019. The remainder of the fee will be reimbursed to the participant. A 25% cancellation fee will be assessed if a course participant chooses to cancel registration after or at 12:00 am, September 21, 2019. The remainder of the fee will be reimbursed to the participant.The individual should contact the GEPD Educational Coordinator, Kevin L. Browne, at [email protected] with notification of cancellation. The notification email (and time stamp) will serve as confirmation of cancellation.

Additional Information

This is a Saturday and Sunday course.This is a GEPD sponsored event, and also serves as a fund-raiser for the District. Your participation is greatly appreciated! Attendance is capped, so save your spot.


Register here


Contact: Kevin Lyle Browne, PT at [email protected]