Functional therapeutic movement part 2 explores more key subjects in a movement based approach. Below we list the key elements from the course:

  • Functional therapeutic movement for LBP
  • Movement assessment and treatment for shoulders, thoracic and cervical spine
  • Rehab reasoning model
  • Using words that help not hinder rehabilitation
  • Framing movement
  • Meaningful movement algorithm
  • Guided hands on movement
  • Movement learning
  • Case study format – Live assessment process

Please scroll down the page for more details of each listed element.

London 10/11th December 2016

Venue TBC

Functional therapeutic movement for LBP


  • Lower back pain is extremely prevalent in our society today. Long dead are the days of a stability approach, we know that moving the back in different ways and the right dosage is beneficial. Natural, flowing and fear free is the sign of healthy movement and here we explore how to provide a variety of different movement experiences that enable healthy movement. We start with basic movement skill or what we term movement vocabulary and go right up to robust exercises and what to use and when!


 Movement assessment and treatment for shoulders, thoracic and cervical spine


  • We follow our process of movement vocabulary, movement variety & movement robustness in the upper limb for a comprehensive functional assessment skillset.

Rehab reasoning model - How to apply interaction and action in the right dosage

  • Addressing people’s anxieties, fears and apprehensions is a huge part of the therapy process especially with a move towards a more cognitive approach in modern therapy. Explanations that rationalize someone’s experience have been shown to help their pain and suffering. People don’t fit into neat boxes of one type of interaction, they may need both physical AND cognitive elements but in a dosage applicable to them. Learn how to use a reasoning process based on specific questions to apply the right amount.

Using words that help not hinder rehabilitation


  • Words Hurt! People form negative beliefs based on what they have been previously told and also what you tell them. Learn how to reframe your explanations with positive words and explanations.

 Framing movement – How to provide top down reinforcement and bottom up experiences for a combined cognitive physical approach


  •  Experiential learning is a powerful tool. Helping people move differently and often without pain can prove that pain is changeable and provide credible proof that movement does not have to hurt. Learn how to reinforce the top down process through an awareness of this positive change. Even simple changes in pre movement behaviours such as bracing that people are often unaware of can be powerful!

 Meaningful movement algorithm – Assessing and modifying movement that matters


  • Assessing and altering relevant and meaningful movement can be an overwhelming task. Often therapists revert to type and the same old clinical assessments they know. Firstly learn the science behind why change in relevant movement is important, learn how to use a step-by-step process to identify and assess these movements and then provide alterations or inputs for a change in the output of pain.

 Guided movement – using hands on to provide confidence in meaningful movement


  • Meaningful and functional movement can sometimes be challenging for people to perform. Being able to use a confident hand to provide guidance and stability during movement is a skill that can benefit both movement and interaction & trust.

 Movement learning – Finding the right type of interaction – Verbal/visual/tactile


  • People learn in different ways. How often have you struggled to get people to actively move their bodies during a basic exercise? This can be due to HOW we explain, show or guide what we want them to do. Learn how to provide the best type of interaction for their learning style.


 Case study format – Live assessment process


  • See it all in action live and up close. Nothing beats seeing it happen in real time, taking the theory, putting it into practice and being able to ask questions!
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