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Winter Conference 2018: Course 2 of 2: Comprehensive Stabilization Strategies for the Low Back, Pelvis & Hips -Teaching Postural Control & Optimal Movement Skills

  • 27-Jan-2018
  • 7:15 AM
  • 28-Jan-2018
  • 5:30 PM
  • Fairmont Hot Springs, Montana
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Winter Conference 2018: Two Courses 

Course 2: Comprehensive Stabilization Strategies for the Low Back, Pelvis & Hips -Teaching Postural Control & Optimal Movement Skills

Two day course

gordon browne, pt, gcfp

16 Contact hours, mt category a

Full Course information can be found by scrolling down below.

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Provisions include a light continental breakfast both days including coffee, lunch at the business meeting. 

Accommodations and Conference Site:

  • Fairmont Hot Springs Resort has a room block for MAPTA at a rate of $135. This block ends January 6.
  • Reservations made after expiration dates are subject to standard rates and availability.

Board Meeting

There will be a board meeting at 6pm on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Fairmont Hot Springs.

Business Meeting

Business meeting and elections will be held at noon on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Lunch is included for those registered for the course. Please RSVP if you are not registered (you may register online). Please send agenda items to the office or President Jay Shaver by January 6, 2018. Final agenda will be posted by January 17, 2018.

Cancellation Policy

MAPTA reserves the right to refuse/cancel an event registration. If MAPTA refuses a registration, registrants will be offered a full refund.

Registration Cancellation by Participant:

  • Cancellations will be accepted in writing via fax, email, or mail.
  • A $25.00 administration fee will be withheld when cancellation occurs up to ten days prior to the start of the event; 50% refund if cancelled 2-10 days prior; 25% refund if cancelled 0-1 day prior.

Group Discounts:

10% Discount for 3 or more APTA Member PTs/PTAs from one clinic. Fees for all persons must be made with one payment. No exceptions. Credit will not be provided at a later date.

Lifetime Member:

Lifetime members can take any non-limited seating, MAPTA sponsored CE at 50% discount.



7:15-8:00 Professional Issues Forum - MAPTA
8:00-12:00 Course, with short break
12:00-2:00 MAPTA Membership Business Meeting & Lunch
2:00-6:30 Course, with short break
7:00 Post-CE Reception


8:00-12:00 Course, with break
12:00-1:00 Lunch on your own
1:00-5:30 Course, with break

About the courses:

COURSE 2: Comprehensive Stabilization Strategies for the Low Back, Pelvis & Hips -Teaching Postural Control & Optimal Movement Skills

Course Description:

While a step in the right direction, recent research suggests that improving muscle activation patterns alone (aka core strengthening) is not the one stop shopping solution we initially thought it would be when it comes to treating low back pain. This course blends existing core stabilization principles with the emerging Regional Interdependence realities to advance our understanding and treatment of low back & hips issues, while advocating for a more patient-centered and individualized approach to corrective exercise. We will move beyond origin/insertion thinking using integrative movement principles that address hip/lumbar mobility & instability issues thoracic mobilization & focal strengthening with simultaneous lumbar stabilization. Principles of Specific Motor Control Exercise (SMCE) follows from a thorough understanding of these regional relationships and addresses them in a way that makes our exercise mimic the specific motor behavior we are trying to influence. The movement sequences are built around the functional contexts of sitting, standing, bending, lifting and walking. This helps our patients with both skills acquisition (strength and flexibility) and with application of functional lumbar stabilization during ADLs. The Dynamic and Static Integration principles are well defined and contrasted in a relaxed and thought-provoking environment. Come experience this fun and interactive approach to studying movement that introduces ways of making the exercises we prescribe more informative, more functional and much more effective!


Course Objectives

By the completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Recognize regional relationships; hypermobility/hypomobility pairs both locally and globally; semi-predictable hip muscle antagonist imbalances and how they affect directional lumbar instability; thoracic organization and implications for lumbar compensation; perception/re-calibration and maintenance of neutral back.
  • Distinguish Static Integration and Dynamic Integration exercise by characteristics; cardinal plane vs multi-planar movement; arms/head move from a statically stable trunk vs with a dynamically moving trunk; pelvic influences from waist and hip muscles.
  • Pinpoint long-term habitual movement and postural mistakes and correlate to specific lumbo-pelvic repetitive stress injuries; low back/SI pain, labral or piriformis syndromes, femuro-acetabular impingements, hip bursitis/tendonosis, joint degeneration/THR, hip fractures and more.
  • Utilize teaching techniques that make exercise more "informational" reciprocating movements, use of constraints, change of venue, goldilocks principle and link to functional context.
  • Specify your exercise prescription to optimize motor control; individualizing your exercise approach thru analysis of Global and Differentiated movement patterns and specific muscle synergist coordination locally, regionally and globally.

Course Outline

Lab sessions include experiential movement, partner observations, facilitation techniques, modifications & discussion of clinical relevance.

Day One

7:45-8:00 Registration & Snacks

8:00-9:00 Introduction to Integrated Movement Principles

9:00-9:30 Lab I: Lumbo-Pelvic Relationships AP Flex/Ext Differentiations

  • Hip Extensor/Abdominal Synergy
  • Hip Flexor/Back Extensor Synergy
  • Balancing Antagonists Locally & Regionally

9:45-12:00 Lab II: Finding & Maintaining AP Neutral Spine

  • Facilitating Accurate Patient Perception
  • Functionalizing Exercise: Sit, Stand, Bend, WIFS
12-2 - State Chapter Business Meeting and Luncheon

2:00-4:00 Lab III: Lumbo-Thoracic Relationships Flex/Ext Differentiations
  • Mobilize Thoracic/Stabilize Lumbar: Funneling Movement Appropriately
  • Applying Constraints & Changing Venues: Targeted Thoracic Activation

4:00-4:15 Break

4:15-6:30 Lab IV: Lumbo-Pelvic Rotational Relationships
  • Mobilizing Hip IR/ER: Stabilizing Pelvis & Low Back Rotationally
  • Balancing Pelvic Antagonists: Pelvic Force Couple Balance & Competence

Day Two

8:00-9:30 Lab V: Lumbo-Pelvic Rotational Relationships (Continued)

  • Adding Resistance: Facilitating Core Awareness & Control
  • Coordinating 3 Layers of Stability

9:30-9:45 Break

9:45-12:00 Lab VI: Lumbo-Pelvic Diagonal Relationships
  • Unilateral Hip Flexor & Hip Extensor Use: Balancing L/R
  • Belly Up & Belly Down Orientations
1:00-3:30 Lab VII: Lumbo-Pelvic Diagonals (Continued)
  • Hip Bursitis, FAI, Labral Issues & Piriformis: Stabilizing the Hips
  • Hip Flexor, Adductor & Hamstring Injuries
3:30-3:45 Break

3:45-5:30 Lab VIII: Putting It All Together

  • Advanced Movement Training & Multi-Planar Control
  • Introduction to Pelvic Force Couple Gait Pattern

About the Instructor

Gordon Browne, PT, GCFP

Gordon Browne is a Physical Therapist with 25+ years of clinical experience in outpatient orthopedics and manual therapy. With a lifelong passion for movement, he has modified and medically articulated the clinical use of various integrated movement systems; the Feldenkrais Method®, Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi. Lecturer for 15+ years and author of two books; “A Manual Therapist’s Guide to Movement” and “Outsmarting Low Back Pain”.

This next course is the alternative course offered at this conference. To register for this conference, please click on the previous link in this event series.


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