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FM LQ: Functional Mobilization – Lower Quadrant

Thursday, March 7 at 12:00 AM
Des Moines University, Academic Center, 2nd floor, Des Moines, IA, 50312 Show Map

Institute of Physical Art



FM I and PNF I

Note: The Kaiser Vallejo fellowship will no longer serve as a PNFI prerequisite substitute.

Required equipment


Course cost

The cost to attend is $695. For questions call 970-870-9521.

Register online


This approach developed and taught by Gregory S. Johnson, PT, FFCFMT, presents the dynamic principles and procedures of Functional Mobilization as an evaluation and treatment component of the Functional Manual Therapy treatment model. Functional Mobilization 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. Functional Mobilization dynamically integrates the principles and procedures of PNF with soft tissue and joint mobilization for each technique. Instruction will emphasize mobile and hypermobile structures, stabilize hypermobile articulations and reeducation of the motor system.


  1. Observe and evaluate posture and correlate to lower quadrant function and movement patterns.
  2. Utilize observation, palpation, and PNF to identify mechanical and neuromuscular dysfunctions.
  3. Develop Functional Mobilization strategies which integrate PNF with Joint and Soft Tissue mobilization to treat identified dysfunctions and manage presenting symptoms.
  4. Utilize PNF to train motor recruitment and motor control for stabilization and movement.
  5. Develop motor learning strategies to enhance efficient posture and movement.
  6. Develop home program to augment techniques taught.
  7. Correlate current literature, anatomy, and physiology to clinical utilization of techniques taught.

Course schedule

4:30 – 10 p.m. Registration;Introduction; evaluation of gait; treatment approach to the coccyx and sacrum.
9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Treatment strategies for the innominates and hips and specific treatment of the lumbopelvic girdle in sitting.
8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Pelvic patterns; trunk patterns; resisted rolling and gait; hip patterns.
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Knee; knee patterns; foot and ankle patterns; lower extremity patterns.

Note: Schedule may necessitate changes due to travel restrictions of the instructor. The instructor will discuss any changes at the beginning of the course if applicable.

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.


3.5 days, 31 contact hours


Break food will be provided during the first break of the course only.  No other food will be provided.  You are welcome to bring your own snacks if desired.


  • PT
  • PTA if attending with supervising PT or another PTA.

Each student is expected to 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.  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 1/2 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 your basic anatomy of the lower trunk muscles, joints and fascia.  You should also review course manuals from FM I and PNF I, as well as the articles listed below.  There will not be a review of FM I or PNF I at the course.  The IPA revises manuals on a regular basis.  You may contact the IPA office at 970-870-9521 to inquire on the most recent revision date.  An updated manual can be purchased for $25 with no binder and $30 with a binder.  You will receive an IPA Mobilization Belt (strap) and 1/2 foam roll to be used during the course.

Required reading

The Application of the Principles and Procedures of PNF for the Care of Lumbar Spinal Instabilities”  Johnson, Gregory S. and Johnson, Vicky Saliba.  The Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy.  Vol. 10, No. 2 (2002) 83-105.

Recommended reading

Purchase the Mike Baum PNF DVD for $30.  Email Mike directly at mike@oregoneurosportpt.com.

PNF in Practice.  Adler, Susan; Beckers, Dominiek; and Buck, Math.  3rd Revision Ed., NY: Springer Verlag, 2008. Chapers 4, 8, 10, 11 and 12.  All lower body patterns.  Available on amazon.com.

Trail Guide to the Body.  Biel, Andrew, Books of Discovery:  2001.  www.trailguidetothebody.com or bodytrail@aol.com.

Therapeutic Exercises for Spinal Segmental Stabilization in Low Back Pain.  Richardson, Carolyn; Jull, Gwedolyn; Hodges, Paul; and Hides, Julie.  United Kingdom:  Churchill Livingstone, 2nd edition.


The cost to attend is
$695. For questions call 970-870-9521.

Register online


Institute of Physical Art

The Institute of Physical Art, Inc.
43449 Elk Run
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
Phone: 970 870-9521
Fax: 970 870-9351

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