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The Power of Posture in the Management of Lumbar Spine and Pelvic Girdle Dysfunction

Why take this Continuing Education Course?

Lumbar and pelvic girdle movement dysfunction represent a large component of physical therapy practice. Yet many struggle explaining how some patients improve and others do not. Utilizing an understanding of dynamic postural control is important for developing a perspective regarding the nature of movement dysfunction and is the key to improving outcomes. Movement dysfunction should be conceptualized as dysfunction within or between the body’s biomechanical and neuromechanical systems in the context of posture. Biomechanical dysfunction refers to abnormalities of the musculoskeletal system including the osteokinetics and arthrokinematics associated with creating movement. Neuromechanical dysfunction refers to abnormalities associated with the anatomy and physiology of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems influencing movement. The effective intervention for lumbopelvic dysfunction must be organized around an understanding of static and dynamic posture. Intervention should integrate the anatomic/physiologic components of both biomechanic and neuromechanic dysfunction in the context of postural control.

This two day advanced course provides an understanding of the power and influence of posture on lumbopelvic motion. It integrates the relevant biomechanic and neuromechanic components and a posture control model for examination, evaluation, and intervention. The information presented in this course enables the clinician to utilize a new representation of the underlying mechanisms that contribute to lower quarter movement dysfunction. Much lumbopelvic dysfunction goes unrecognized secondary to the traditional biomechanical examination and evaluation paradigms. Content for this course includes discussion of the research basis for examination and intervention of lumbopelvic movement dysfunction using posture as the organizing strategy. Content for the course includes significant discussion of the scientific basis and rationale for a postural control model basis for examination, evaluation, and intervention.

The course incorporates lecture with substantial laboratory experiences. Laboratory sessions enable the participants to integrate principles of postural control with the usual impairments found with lumbopelvic movement dysfunction. This includes not only the musculoskeletal system but all three components of the nervous system. Additionally, the role of muscle facilitation and inhibition, the vestibular system and balance, and neuroplasticity are engaged.

The strategies developed for examination and intervention developed in the context of dynamic posture theory in this course work well with traditional approaches used for intervention. Course information is immediately relevant and applicable in the clinical setting. Additionally, the concept and principle learned in this workshop transfer to all neuromusculoskeletal movement dysfunction. This course is applicable for PT, PTA, and AT’s.


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  • Describe the theoretical foundation for a neuromechanical evaluation.
  • Describe the components of a postural control model and apply these concepts a biomechanic and neuromechanic examination for lumbopelvic dysfunction.
  • Design a program that incorporates evidence based principles of postural motor control with examination, evaluation, and intervention of lumbopelvic dysfunction.
  • Design a comprehensive program to include balance and postural examination, and treatment to enhance lumbopelvic function.
  • Perform biomechanical, neuromechanical and PNF techniques when in the management of lumbar spine and pelvic girdle dysfunction.
  • Explain the role of the vestibular system in normal and dysfunctional posture and perform specific examination and treatment techniques to enhance the lumbopelvic and vestibular system synergy.
  • Design a program that utilizes the principles of Janda’s Lower-Crossed model for examination, evaluation, and intervention of dynamic postural dysfunction.
  • Develop a comprehensive treatment approach to improve functional outcomes for lumbopelvic movement dysfunction.
  • Instructor name

    Robert Friberg, PT, PhD, CFMT

    I provide a very systematic approach combining the biomechanical and neuromechanical systems for improved movement outcomes.
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    All courses are pre-approved by the state licensing boards for physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and athletic trainers for license renewal in the state the course is offered.

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