FM I: Functional Mobilization™ I

FM I: Functional MobilizationTM I
A biomechanical approach to Soft Tissue Mobilization 

Prerequisites: None

Required Course Preparation:  Prior to the classroom portion of this course, all students must complete required course preparation.  The preparation for FM I includes videos, quizzes, and articles.  Plan to spend 5-6 hours learning this important information.  Once enrolled in a course, required course preparation can be found by logging on to your IPA account and selecting "My Upcoming Courses."  If you have any trouble accessing the required course preparation please call our office at 970-870-9521 for assistance. Also, please note that approved CEUs may vary depending on individual states' treatment of Online vs. Classroom Instruction.

Required Equipment:  None

Course Cost:  $675.00

Purpose
Written and developed by Gregory S. Johnson, PT, FFFMT, FAAOMPT and Vicky Saliba Johnson, PT, FFFMT, FAAOMPT.   FM I (formerly FO I) was the first biomechanical soft tissue mobilization (STM) course offered to the PT profession. It presents an integrated approach to patient care with emphasis on soft tissue mobilization combined with PNF, joint mobilization and exercise training. This course presents techniques that are the foundation to advanced course material. 

FM I trains the participant to observe structure, posture, and movement and correlate the presenting mechanical, neuromuscular, and motor control objective findings to dysfunctions in the soft tissue system. The concept of the human body as an interconnected dynamic system will be stressed, presenting evidence as to the interrelationship between the soft tissue system and the articular, neuromuscular, and motor control systems.  Emphasis is placed on the evaluation of the soft tissue structures and the application of specific treatment techniques to normalize any identified dysfunction.

Objectives
Define and identify efficient and inefficient structure and function utilizing three IPA Functional Tests.

Correlate subjective findings to dysfunctions in the soft tissues of the body.

Develop specific layer palpation skills to assist in the delineation of structures involved.

Perform seven specific Functional Soft Tissue Mobilization techniques as an integrated component of the Functional Manual Therapy™ system for posterior and anterior spinal structures.

Discuss the current literature related to Soft Tissue Mobilization.

Instructor Note
The instructors advertised for the course are the intended instructors. The final number of instructors will be determined by course enrollment. Every effort is made to hold the course with the scheduled instructors. Course refunds or transfers will not be granted based on a change of instructors. Please note there may be instructor changes without prior notice.

Multiple instructors are scheduled for each course. However, the actual number of instructors at a course will be determined by final enrollment.

Hours
3 Days, 22.5-30.0 Hours. (Approved CEUs vary by state.)
Note: FM I requires students to complete online videos before attending the classroom instruction.  Approved CEUs for this course may vary depending on individual states' treatment of Online vs. Classroom Instruction. Before registering for a course you should verify approved CEUs with your state licensing board or association.  State rules are subject to change.   IPA courses are approved for the state in which the course is held.

Breaks
No break food will be provided during FM I courses.  You are welcome to bring your own snacks if desired.

Attendance
Audience: PT, PTA. OTs may attend with another OT or PT as lab partner.

Each student is expected to attend all hours of instruction to receive a certificate of completion. Any exceptions to this policy must be pre-approved in writing by the Directors.

Lab Clothing
Lab clothing is required Friday through Sunday only. Each participant's body must be accessible for observation and treatment. Please refrain from wearing large or sharp jewelry. A sweat suit is advisable between demonstrations, as temperatures may vary in the room.

Women: Two-piece swim suit or halter top / sports bra and shorts. (Please note that if you choose to wear a sports bra you will need an alternative top for the thoracic spine lab on Friday afternoon.)

Men: Shorts or swim trunks.

ALL: Warm-up suits or other clothing worn over the above described attire is advised to ensure comfort between demonstrations.

Course Preparation
This workshop is quite demanding and intense.  Please come prepared and rested.  Have your fingernails clipped back and filed as some techniques require fingertip pressure.  Review your basic anatomy of the trunk muscles, joints and fascia.  You will need this foundation readily available to apply the principles and procedures taught. Be sure to complete the required course preparation listed above.

Required Reading
"Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (3rd Edition)". Robert Donatelli and Michael Wooden (eds.), Churchill Livingstone, 2001: "Soft Tissue Mobilization" by Gregory S. Johnson. 

Recommended Reading

Gray's Anatomy, English Edition: The section on connective tissue.
Trail Guide to the Body.  4th Edition.  Biel, Andrew, Books of Discovery: 2001. www.booksofdiscovery.com, 800-775-9227 or info@booksofdiscovery.com
Anatomy Trains.  Myers, Thomas W.  China:  Churchill Livingstone, 2001.

Bibliography
FM I Bibliography A Part 1
FM I Bibliography A Part 2
FM I Bibliography A Part 3
FM I Bibliography B
FM I Bibliography A Reference List

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