Pain-Free Movement Specialist Level 2

Two-Day Symposium

Determining which exercises or move­ments are best for a client’s neuro-myofascial-skeletal health begins with an assessment. Why does the assessment come first?

No exercise is ‘functional’ for everyone; and the assessment is only of value if the principles of movement and function are understood. Functional anatomy, biomechanics, motor control, pain neuroscience, stability and mobility are all at play during movement, and an assessment provides insight into an individual’s capacity to move safely and effectively.

Once the information has been gathered, designing and implementing a corrective exercise program follows. The power behind the Function First Approach comes from the understanding that syntax equals meaning, and the sequence in which the exercises are laid out is critical to a successful intervention.

Each exercise should build from the previous, creating an environment where the neurological, physiological and biomechanical systems are exposed to new and novel synergies where an upgrade to the client’s movement blueprint occurs. Once this process takes place, the body is no longer able to function the way it once did.


Level 2 Objectives:

  • Each Level 1 Pain-Free Movement Specialist will understand how biomechanical principles and functional anatomy relate to upright posture, and how 3-Dimensional movement corresponds with corrective exercise.
  • How the principles of fascia and plasticity relate to movement impairments and efficient whole body movement.
  • How motor control deficiencies’ play a significant role in movement compensations and limitations, and how the nervous system responds to specific corrective exercises.
  • Assimilate the basic principles behind the client centered interview process, and learn first hand how to implement the four foundational assessments used to gather each client’s movement data:
    1) Single leg stance assessment             2) Overhead squat assessment
    3) Rotational excursion assessment    4) Pelvis assessment
  • Interpret the assessment data, establish precise objectives & outcomes, and design individualized corrective exercise programs with precision and confidence.
  • Learn the acute variables behind numerous corrective exercise strategies and outcomes to design effective programs.

Understanding that repetition is the mother of skill, level 2 provides a platform into an environment where mastering the assessment process and corrective exercise programming becomes a reality.

By the end of the two days, each Pain-Free Movement Specialist will be proficient in the process of assessment and sequenced program design, and will leave with the confidence and competence to create lasting change with any chronic pain client.

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