VFM: Visceral Functional Mobilization

Des Moines , IA US
March 2, 2012 to March 4, 2012

Visceral Functional Mobilization (VFM) is a course designed to train the participant to palpate and identify structures of the digestive system and diaphragm. Research has identified that limited visceral mobility impacts skeletal mobility and the function of the involved organ. This course is designed to train the participant to identify mechanical dysfunction within the abdominal viscera and provide treatment strategies to enhance function and mobility. This course is an expansion upon and refinement of the visceral section previously taught in Functional Mobilization II (FM II).



    Required Equipment

    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.  The course manual will refer to illustration from the 2nd and/or 5th editions.  Other illustrated anatomy books are acceptable but locations of specific illustrations will not be referenced in the course.  Atlas of Human Anatomy books may be ordered on Amazon.com or www.us.elsevierhealth.com/netter/.


    • The anatomy of each organ will be reviewed with guidance on selective palpation.
    • Evaluation and treatment tools will include Function Tests, Functional Movement Patterns (FMPs), tracing and isolating and resisted PNF patterns.
    • Specific Functional Mobilization principles will be presented to evaluate and treat identified dysfunctions and reinstate efficient mobility.
    • Home program options and self-mobilization techniques will be presented.
    • Experience dynamic changes in posture and movement due to Functional Mobilization of the viscera.


    5–5:30 p.m.Check-in
    5:30–9 p.m.Instruction
    8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.Instruction
    8 a.m.–3 p.m.Instruction

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

    CEU Hours

    2.5 Days, 18 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, OT. We do not recommend taking this course during pregnancy due to the focus on the abdominal area.  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 Directors.

    Lab Clothing

    Each participant’s body must be accessible for observation. Please refrain from wearing large or sharp jewelry. Also, be aware that Saturday afternoon and Sunday labs require athletic or work shores. No jeans please.

    • Women: Sports top or close fitting T-shirts, and shorts or sweats.
    • Men: Shorts or sweats and T-shirts.
    • All: Warm-up suits or other clothing worn over the above described attire is advised to ensure comfort between demonstrations, as temperatures may vary in the room.

    Course Preparation

    This two and a half day workshop is quite demanding and intense.  Please come prepared and rested.  Review the basic abdominal viscera anatomy and review their function.  This knowledge will serve as an important foundation for the principles and procedures taught.


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

    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 18.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    03/02/2012 - 5:30pm CST
    Event ends: 
    03/04/2012 - 3:00pm CST
    Des Moines University
    3200 Grand Avenue
    Des Moines , IA 50312
    United States

    Dean Hazama (Primary Instructor)

    Tina Howell

    The instructor advertised for the course is the intended primary instructor. Every effort is made to hold the course with the scheduled instructor. Course refunds or transfers will not be granted based on a change of instructor. Please note there may be a change of instructor(s) 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.

    Available Credit

    • 18.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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