Certified Functional Manual Therapist® Re-Certification

Institute of Physical Art's (IPA) comprehensive and innovative Functional Manual Therapy® (FMT) curriculum prepares the physical therapist to competently and intuitively integrate evidence and clinical experience with each patient. Certified Functional Manual Therapists (CFMTs) are trained to identify specific mobility limitations within the joints, soft tissues, viscera and neurovascular tissues. Limited mobility in these structures can impair a patient's function and ability to automatically and efficiently control activities of daily living. Recent research and functional imaging of the brain continues to reveal the interrelationship between pain, muscular inhibition and poor movement strategies. Just mobilizing joints, giving patients stretching and strengthening exercises, or having a patient participate in "core stabilization" is not sufficient to address the complex interrelationship between the available mobility of the human system and the integration of automatic and volitional motor strategies. IPA’s innovative approach to patient care and wellness seamlessly incorporates mobilization, neuromuscular facilitation, and motor control training.

CFMTs must demonstrate mastery of IPA’s innovate approach to become certified. Knowledge of the material is gained through extensive study, and is demonstrated through written and oral practical examination. CFMTs are required to re-certify every 10 years. Re certification ensures every CFMT keeps their skills current, and that they have the knowledge to continually practice at the high level expected of CFMTs.

For questions about recertification, please e-mail cfmt@theipa.co.