FMUQ: Functional Mobilization Upper Quadrant

Des Moines, IA US
July 9, 2015 to July 12, 2015


  • $750
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This approach, developed and taught by Gregory S. Johnson, PT, FFFMT, FAAOMPT, presents the dynamic principles and procedures of Functional MobilizationTM as an evaluation and treatment component of the Functional Manual TherapyTM 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.

Continuing Education Hours

  • 4 Days
  • 33 Contact Hours

Participants are responsible for ensuring this meets individual state requirements.

Target Audience

PT, PTA if attending with supervising PT or another PTA., OT if attending with another OT or PT as partner.

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.


FM I and PNF I

The Kaiser Vallejo Residendcy will no longer serve as a PNFI prerequiste substitute.


Thursday1:30 pmCheck-in
 2 - 10 pmIntroduction; Impact and neural tension testing; thoracic girdle.
Friday9 am - 7 pm Thoracic girdle; rib cage; thoracic spine. 
Saturday8:30 am - 7 pm Shoulder girdles; cranial; facial; cervical spine. 
Sunday8 am - 4 pm Shoulder, elbow, hand, and upper extremity patterns. 

Scheduling 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.


FM UQ presents a step-by-step assessment and treatment approach for each segmental articulation of the sternum, rib cage, thoracic spine, shoulder girdles, cervical spine, shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands. The treatment strategy progresses from non-weight bearing to weight-bearing functional mobilizationTM and neuromuscular reeducation.

  1. Observe and evaluate posture and correlate to upper quadrant function and movement patterns.
  2. Utilize observation, palpation, and PNF to identify mechanical and neuromuscular dysfunctions.
  3. Develop Functional MobilizationTM 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.


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.


Gregory Johnson PT, FFFMT, FAAOMPT

Mr. Johnson graduated from the University of Southern California in 1971 and completed a one year residency program at Kaiser Vallejo under Maggie Knott.  He remained as senior faculty for six years.  Mr. Johnson is best known for his identification of the need for Physical Therapists to integrate treatment of the facial system into manual therapy and the development of the first Soft Tissue Mobilization course for Physical Therapists in 1980.  In addition, Mr. Johnson utilized his extensive background in PNF to adapt standard manual therapy techniques of Joint Mobilization and develop the dynamic techniques of Functional Mobilization™ and Resistance Enhanced Manipulation™ (REM) techniques for joints, soft tissues, and neurovascular restrictions.  Mr. Johnson has trainied or directed the training of over 40,000 therapist in the USA and internationally.  Gregory Johnson is the co-founder and President of the Institute of Physical Art, the co-developer of the Functional Manual Therapy™ approach to patient care, and the Director of an APTA credentialed AAOMPT Fellowship program in Functional Manual Therapy™.  He has published multiple chapters and articles on Soft Tissue Mobilization, PNF and the Orthopedic Patient, Functional Mobilization, and Functional Test for the Lumbar Patient and is currently involved in several research projects on Functional Manual Therapy. Full biography

Christopher DeMarco DPT, CFMT, FAAOMPT

Dr. DeMarco knew he wanted to be a physical therapist in high school when a friend had an accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. It was that event that spurred him to pursue a goal to do something where “I help others”. Dr. DeMarco completed his undergraduate and graduate education at Creighton University. 

Required Equipment

All participants should bring a 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 and have it shipped directly to the course. Supplies are shipped 2-3 weeks prior to the course if you would like to order a 1/2 foam roll from IPA.  Orders placed after the supplies have shipped will incur a fee to expedite your order, and may include charges for faster shipping.  Course participants will receive an IPA Mobilization Belt.

Each participant must bring an illustrated anatomy book to the course.  We recommend Netter FH. Atlas of Human Anatomy, 5th Edition.  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, but page numbers of specific illustrations from other books will not be referenced in the course.  Atlas of Human Anatomy books may be ordered on or


Break food will not be provided during FMUQ courses.  There will be a Q&A during the dinner break on Thursday, however no food will be provided.  You are welcome to bring your own snacks during the course, and for dinner on Thursday evening, if desired.

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 4 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, as well as Chapter 11 from Rational Manual Therapies in required reading below.  There will not be a review of FM I or PNF I at the course. We strongly recommend that you have taken the pre-requisite course within three to five years to be updated with the current pre-requisite material.  This is especially important for PNF.  You will receive an IPA Mobilization Belt.  Please bring a 1/2 foam roll to be used during the course.

Required Reading

  • Rational Manual Therapies, Basmajian and Nyberg, Chapter 11 - Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, by Vicky L. Saliba, Gregory S. Johnson and Cheryl Wardlaw.

Recommended Reading

  • Purchase the Mike Baum PNF DVD for $30.  Email Mike directly at
  • PNF in Practice.  Adler, Susan; Beckers, Dominiek; and Buck, Math.  3rd Revision Ed., NY: Springer Verlag, 2008. Chapers 4, 6, 7, 9 and 10.  All upper body patterns.  Available on
  • Trail Guide to the Body.  Biel, Andrew, Books of Discovery:  2001. or
  • The Thoracic Spine and Rib Cage; Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment by Tim Flynn.  Chapter 10: Myofacial Consideration in Somatic Dysfunction of the Thorax.  Ellis, J.J., and Johnson, G.S.  Boston:Butterworth-Heinemann, 1996.


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

Welcome to Des Moines

In Des Moines, you can experience the excitement of the city and explore rural Iowa’s charming beauty. Connecting with your peers, shopping, food and activities make great memories.  This affordable, cosmopolitan city has an impressive blend of world class art and premier attractions, such as the Science Center of Iowa and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.  Miles of trails to walk or cycle allow you to see the city and the beauty of its rivers and parks ~ just steps away from the conference.  Bicycles are available for rent through the BCycle program!  When it comes to dining, our city offers incredible food prepared by talented chefs.  You will experience some of the finest tasting pork to Tai pizza.  Another added benefit is downtown’s four-mile, climate-controlled skywalk system (the largest skywalk system per capita in the world), our booming suburbs, and unique shopping in the East Village. Greater Des Moines is a growing metropolis with an array of attractions and entertainment in a setting that boasts a rich history, a thriving present and a very bright future, all while maintaining a special charm that touches all who visit.  Learn more about Des Moines at the following websites:


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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 33.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/09/2015 - 2:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
07/12/2015 - 4:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Academic Center Floor 2
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 33.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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