FM I: Functional Mobilization™ I

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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.  Please note that approved CEUs may vary depending on individual states' treatment of Online vs. Classroom Instruction.

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:  None

Recommended Reading
It is recommended that each participant reviews the Bibliography and read any article they are unfamiliar with prior to the course. All Course Bibliographies
"Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (3rd Edition)". Robert Donatelli and Michael Wooden (eds.), Churchill Livingstone, 2001: "Soft Tissue Mobilization" by Gregory S. Johnson
Gray's Anatomy,
 The section on connective tissue. Drake, Richard; Vogl, Wayne; Mitchell, Adam. 3rd Edition 2014
Trail Guide to the Body, Biel, Andrew, 5th Edition 2014. Books of Discovery., 800-775-9227 or
Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapist, Myers, Thomas, 3rd Edition 2014

MNM Clinical Reasoning Intro video

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.

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.

3 Days, 22.5-30.0 Hours. (Approved CEUs vary by state.)

FM I requires attendees to complete online course preparation 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 PTs for the state in which the course is held.  OTs and PTAs should check with their approving body to determine if the PT approval will be accepted.

No break food will be provided during FM I courses.  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 pre-course work before the course begins, 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 Directors.

Lab Clothing
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.

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