FMUQ: Functional Mobilization™ Upper Quadrant

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FMUQ: Functional MobilizationTM Upper Quadrant

Prerequisites: FM I and PNF I (Note: The Kaiser Vallejo Residendcy will no longer serve as a PNFI pre-requisite substitute.)

Required Reading
Cervical Arterial Dysfunction.  Rushton, A.; Rivett, D.; Carlesso, L.; Flynn, T.; Wing, W.; Kerry, R.  Manual Therapy 19 (2014) 222-228

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:

A 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 and have it shipped directly to the course. 

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

Don't forget to complete the required reading. 
Supplies are shipped 2-3 weeks prior to the course if you would like to order a 1/2 foam roll from IPA.  Orders placed after the supplies have shipped will incur a fee to expedite your order, and may include charges for faster shipping.  Course participants will receive an IPA Mobilization Belt.

Course Preparation
This 4 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 course manuals from FM I and PNF I, as well as Chapter 11 from Rational Manual Therapies in required reading 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 a 1/2 foam roll to be used during the course.

Recommended Reading

2012 IFOMPT International Framework for Examination of the Cervical Region for potential of Cervical Arterial Dysfunction prior to Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Intervention;  Authors: Rushton A, Rivett D, Carlesso L, Flynn T, Hing W, Kerry R

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, 6, 7, 9 and 10.  All upper body patterns.  Available on

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

The Thoracic Spine and Rib Cage; Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment by Tim Flynn.  Chapter 10: Myofacial Consideration in Somatic Dysfunction of the Thorax.  Ellis, J.J., and Johnson, G.S.  Boston:Butterworth-Heinemann, 1996.

Rational Manual Therapies, Basmajian and Nyberg, Chapter 11 - Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, by Vicky L. Saliba, Gregory S. Johnson and Cheryl Wardlaw.

Lab Clothing (Thurs-Sun)
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 Cost:  $861.00.  Early Bird Discount $775.00 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.

Develop specific FM progression strategies to enhance functional capacity of the upper quadrant.

Develop competence for assessment and treatment of focus areas: cranium, TMJ, sub-cranial region, cervical spine, thoracic cage, shoulder girdle, glenohumeral joint, elbow, wrist, and upper limb neural mobilization.

Develop home exercises to augment the FM treatment strategies.
Dynamically incorporate passive, active, and resisted associated movements with joint and soft tissue mobilization integrated with functional neuromuscular training.

Learn advanced assessment of neuro-dynamics and specific tracing and isolating for dynamic Functional Mobilization™ of neurovascular restrictions.

Develop strategic evaluation and treatment skills to enhance regional interdependence:UQ: rib cage, shoulder girdle, shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand, C-spine and cranium.

Discuss the evidence for the FMUQ material.

FMUQ Bibliography

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.

4 Days, 33 Contact Hours

Break food will not be provided during FMUQ courses.  There will be a Q&A during the dinner break on Thursday, however no food will be provided.  You are welcome to bring your own snacks during the course, and for dinner on Thursday evening, if desired. We also suggest you bring a water bottle.

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.

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