FMUT: Functional Mobilization Upper Trunk

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FMUT: Functional MobilizationTM Upper Trunk
3 days 26 contact hours
Prerequisites: FM I and PNF I 

Course Overview
This course will train the participant to evaluate and treat mechanical, neuromuscular and motor control dysfunctions of the upper trunk including rib cage, thoracic spine, cervical spine, sub cranial region, cranium and TMJ.

Required Pre-Course Preparation Work
Prior to the classroom portion of this course, all students must complete required course preparation. The preparation may include reading, video and quizzes. Plan to spend approximately 1.5 hours learning this important information. Once enrolled in a course, required pre-course preparation work can be found by logging on to your IPA account and selecting "My Upcoming Courses."  If you have any trouble accessing the required pre-course preparation work please call our office at 970-870-9521 for assistance. 

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

8 ft Mobilization Belt.  1.5" x 8' mobilization belt.  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 Mobilization Belt

Supplies are shipped 2-3 weeks prior to the course if you would like to order supplies and have them shipped 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.  

Recommended Reading

Illustrated Anatomy Book.  It is recommended that each participant bring an illustrated anatomy book, or an electronic anatomy book app, to the course.  We recommend Netter FH. Atlas of Human Anatomy.  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.  Atlas of Human Anatomy books may be ordered on or

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

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
MYO Article Part 1: Myofascial Considerations in Somatic Dysfunction of the Thorax 
MYO Article Part 2: Myofascial Considerations in Somatic Dysfunction of the Thorax 

PNF in Practice, Adler, Susan, Beckers, Dominiek, and Buck, Math. 4th Edition, NY: Springer Verlag, 2014. Available at or, phone 800-777-4643, fax 201-348-4505, email:

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


This approach, developed and taught by Gregory S. Johnson, PT, FFFMT, FAAOMPT and faculty, 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.
~ 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.
~ Develop strategic evaluation and treatment skills to enhance regional interdependence of the upper trunk..
~ Discuss the evidence for the FMUT 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 Days, 26 Contact Hours

FMUT 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.

Break food will not be provided during FMUT courses.  You are welcome to bring your own snacks.  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 pre-course preparation work 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-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.  There will not be a review of FM I or PNF I at the course.  Complete the required pre-course preparation work and bring the required equipment.

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