FMLQ: Functional Mobilization™ Lower Quadrant

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FM LQ: Functional MobilizationTM Lower Quadrant

Prerequisites: FM I and PNF I (Note: The Kaiser Vallejo Residency will no longer serve as a PNFI prerequiste substitute.)

Required Reading
"The Application of the Principles and Procedures of PNF for the Care of Lumbar Spinal Instabilities" 
Johnson, Gregory S. and Johnson, Vicky Saliba.  The Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy.  Vol. 10, No. 2 (2002) 83-105.

It is required that each participant reviews the Bibliography and read any article they are unfamiliar with prior to the course.
All Course Bibliographies 

Required Equipment:  All participants should bring:

Half Foam Roll (12" x 6" which measures 3" tall at the apex since the 6" round is cut in half) to use during the course.  You may order one from IPA or from a number of other providers.  Orders that are received three weeks prior to a course, and clearly request shipment to a course, may be shipped directly to the course.  All other orders will be shipped to the address given on the order.  Order Half Foam Roll

Illustrated Anatomy Book  Each participant must bring an illustrated anatomy book to the course.  We recommend Netter FH. Atlas of Human Anatomy, 5th Edition.  East Hanover, MNJ.  Novartis 1977.  Online anatomy applications work well if you have a way to access them during the course.  Other illustrated anatomy books are acceptable, but page numbers of specific illustrations from other books will not be referenced in the course.  Atlas of Human Anatomy books may be ordered on or

Supplies are shipped 2-3 weeks prior to the course.  Orders placed after the supplies have shipped will incur a fee to expedite your order, and may include charges for faster shipping.  An IPA Mobilization Belt will be provided to course participants.

Recommended Viewing: Pelvic Girdle Motions Functional Manual Therapy Terminology

Course Cost:  $817.00.  Early Bird Discount $735.00 for Registrations One Month Prior to Course

This approach developed and taught by Gregory S. Johnson, PT, FFFMT, FAAOMPT, presents the dynamic principles and procedures of Functional MobilizationTM as an evaluation and treatment component of the Functional Manual Therapy® treatment model. Functional MobilizationTM couples active and resisted movement (PNF) with soft tissue and joint mobilization to facilitate normalization of mechanical, neuromuscular, and motor control dysfunctions. The participant is trained to evaluate each movement segment through the use of PNF patterns and to combine the selective pattern into the full trunk and extremity patterns. Instruction will emphasize the treatment of both hypomobile structures and the stabilization of hypermobile segments with prolonged holds to promote activation of the core muscle’s contraction. Functional MobilizationTM dynamically integrates the principles and procedures of PNF with soft tissue and joint mobilization for each technique. Instruction will emphasize mobile and hypermobile structures, stabilize hypermobile articulations and reeducation of the motor system.

Develop specific Functional Mobilization™ progression strategies to enhance functional capacity of the lower quadrant.

Develop competence in the assessment and treatment of focus areas: lumbar spine, sacrum, innominate, coccyx, hip, knee and lower limb neurovascular treatment.

Develop home exercises to augment the treatment program.

Discuss the evidence for the FMLQ material.

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.

3.5 Days, 31 Contact Hours

Break food will be provided during the first break of the course on Thursday evening.  The break food is intended to be a snack, not dinner.  No other food will be provided.  We suggest you bring a water bottle and feel free to bring your own snacks

Attendees agree to utilize all skills of evaluation, assessment and treatment learned in this course to the extent allowed under the regulations of their professional practice act. By registering you acknowledge that your attendance does not represent authorization by the IPA, or any of its officers, to utilize any of the material learned which may lie outside of the strict interpretation of your practice act.

Each attendee is expected to complete the required reading and attend all hours of instruction to receive a Certificate of Completion.  Any exceptions to this policy must be pre-approved in writing by the IPA Directors.

Lab Clothing
Each participant's body must be accessible for observation and treatment.  Sports bra or halter top and shorts are appropriate for women. Shorts or swim trunks for men.  Please refrain from wearing large or sharp jewelry.  A sweat suit is advisable between demonstrations, as temperatures may vary in the room.

Course Preparation
This 3 1/2 day 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 lower trunk muscles, joints and fascia.  You should also review course manuals from FM I and PNF I, as well as the articles listed below.  There will not be a review of FM I or PNF I at the course.  We strongly recommend that you have taken the pre-requisite course within three to five years to be updated with the current pre-requisite material. This is especially important for PNF. You will receive an IPA Mobilization Belt.  Please bring you own 1/2 foam roll to use during the course.

Recommended Reading
Purchase the Mike Baum PNF DVD for $30. Email Mike directly at

PNF in Practice
.  Adler, Susan; Beckers, Dominiek; and Buck, Math.  3rd Revision Ed., NY: Springer Verlag, 2008. Chapers 4, 8, 10, 11 and 12.  All lower body patterns.  Available on

Trail Guide to the Body. Biel, Andrew, Books of Discovery: 2001. or

Therapeutic Exercises for Spinal Segmental Stabilization in Low Back Pain. Richardson, Carolyn; Jull, Gwedolyn; Hodges, Paul; and Hides, Julie. United Kingdom:  Churchill Livingstone, 2nd edition.

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