KSC: Kinetic Shoulder Complex - Balancing Mobility and Stability with FMT

Des Moines , IA US
May 19, 2018 to May 20, 2018



Regular Price: $661.00

Discounted Price Until April 19, 2018: $595.00   

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This course is a lab-intensive introduction to the Functional Manual Therapy® system that will train the participants in the management of the Shoulder region. Participants will learn to treat and assess the Thoracic Girdle, Shoulder Girdle, and Intrinsic Motions of the Glenhumoral Joint.


PT, SPT, PTA (with supervising PT). Each participant 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.



Required Equipment

  • 8 ft Mobilization belt, no wider than 2 inches. Strap pad recommended. Order from IPA 4 weeks prior to course to have delivery at course, or bring your own.    
  • 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. 

Required Course Preparation

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


  • Demonstrate through small group discussion, monitored by the instructor, the ability to list:
    • The underlying principles of a functional shoulder evaluation
    • The biomechanical principles which govern shoulder function
    • The mechanical, neuromuscular, and motor control impairments which can alter efficient shoulder function
    • The functional interrelationship of the body’s systems and regions necessary for efficient shoulder function
  • Correctly utilize the manual and visual skills necessary to accurately:   
    • Evaluate the functional capacity of the shoulder region
    • Identify the primary impairments which are limiting functional capacity
  • Perform the manual, observational and problem solving skills to:
    • Assess the mechanical impairments contributing to the identified limitations of shoulder functional capacity
    • Assess the neuromuscular CoreFirst strategies necessary for efficient shoulder actions.
    • Perform appropriate mobilization and re-education treatment to facilitate enhanced shoulder function.
  • Identify through the appropriate manual skills the mechanical, neuromuscular, and motor control impairments and to design and implement a treatment program to restore mobility and functional capacity to the following structures;
    • First and second rib
    • Upper Thoracic Spine
    • Shoulder Girdle
    • Clavicle
    • Glenohumeral intrinsic motions
    • Glenohumeral End of Range motions
  • Demonstrate, through supervised lab practice sessions, the ability to perform the appropriate manual skills to identify and treat impairments of the following structures:
    • Soft Tissues of the cervicothoracic, shoulder girdle, and glenohumeral regions
    • Articular Structures of the cervicothoracic, shoulder girdle, and glenohumeral
    • Neurovascular Structures
  • Perform, through supervised lab practice sessions, the ability to problem solve and utilize the appropriate manual skills of PNF to treat identified impairments of neuromuscular function and motor control for the
    • Cervicothoracic
    • Shoulder girdle
    • Glenohumeral regions
  • Through a case scenario, will develop an appropriate home program, based on shoulder impairments, utilizing the principles of home program development   presented in the course. 
  • Participate in guided discussions, related to the current evidence for shoulder assessment and treatment. Citing the findings from one recent research article that supports a treatment strategy for the shoulder region.
  • Given a case scenario the participant will DEVELOP three (3) structural and functional goals for patient care.



Check in 7:30 AM
Instruction 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM 


Instruction 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

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.


2 days. 16 contact hours.


Break food will not be provided during the course.  Lunch for both days will be on your own. We suggest you bring a water bottle and feel free to bring your own snacks. 

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.


Seth Blee, DPT, CFMT

Seth Blee completed the FOC certification in 2005 and then completed CFMT in 2006. He bgan teaching with the IPA in 2006 and is now a primary faculty member for the BET and PNF 1 courses and secondary faculty for FMLQ. 

Seth graduated from Boston College's pre-medical program with a BS in philosophy. He then went on to physical therapy school and graduated with honors from Columbia University in New York with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy. Since graduating, Seth has worked with several different patient populations, but has focused the majority of his time in orthopedics. He has completed extensive continuing education coursework and training and has received the Functional Orthopedic Certification from the Institute of Physical Art in 2005. He then went on to complete the Certification in Functional Manual Therapy from the IPA in 2006. He has done guest lecturing in orthopedics, joint mobilizations, and PNF techniques at local universities. Beginning in 2008, he became an adjunct faculty member in Marymount University's Physical Therapy Program. Seth also completed his transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy in March, 2009. He currently runs one of the IPA's manual therapy residency sites in Alexandria, Virginia.

Seth is the Clinic Director for 2 outpatient clinics with Inova Health System, a large not for profit organization in northern Virginia. In addition to his clinical hours and his teaching and residency hours, Seth is also the lead team PT for the Washington Nationals. 

Seth lives in northern Virginia with his wife Helen and 2 children. He spends a lot of his free time coaching Little League Baseball and playing sports and games with both children.

Elliot D. Fishbein PT, OCS, CFMT, FAAOMPT

Elliot has more than 15 years of experience in rehabilitation and functional enhancement. After spending his early career frustrated by inconsistent success and limitations he found with traditional Physical Therapy approaches, Elliot dedicated himself to ongoing studying with the goal of trying to provide elite level care to every patient who walked in the door, no matter what the diagnosis or condition. Elliot then began taking courses focused on the Functional Manual Therapy® (FMT) approach specializing in whole body care, integrating manual therapy, exercise, and body awareness training. Over the next 10+ years he continued his FMT studies and became one of only 25 therapists in the country to have completed fellowship level training in this area. 

After spending multiple years teaching in NYU's Doctor of Physical Therapy program, Elliot now dedicates himself full time to patient care and clinical education in the FMT approach. In continuing with his belief in lifelong learning, Elliot continues to take classes in Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Mobilization, Neuromeningeal Manipulation and keeps up with the latest physical therapy and medical research.

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.


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

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 16.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/19/2018 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
05/20/2018 - 4:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Academic Center 215
Des Moines , IA 50312
United States
+1 (515) 271-1596

Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines’ most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.



Available Credit

  • 16.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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