Advanced Movement Therapist Level 1

A progressive, interactive and hands on workshop that will teach you how to use movement to assess, correct imbalances, strengthen and stabilize, improve mobility and treat old injuries using sound training and rehabilitation principles.

This 2 full day workshop will provide easy to apply movement science and innovative assessment tools to understand and treat patients. It is aimed squarely at this knowledge gap with a blend of theory and hands-on experiential learning for health professionals and performance coaches at an intermediate level.

Participants will learn from a respected physical therapist, strength and conditioning coach who practices what he preaches. Tom Swales has integrated knowledge across fields of human movement, manual therapy, orthopedic assessment, strength and performance to create a user-friendly framework for assessment and prescription of exercise for all types of physical mobility impairment.

Small group work supported by cases ensure practical application of new knowledge. Participants are encouraged to wear active clothing for full immersion in the learning experience.

What will I learn at the AMT level 1:

  • Learn how to use movement and muscle testing as an assessment tool and as feedback to the effectiveness of your intervention.
  • Learn how to teach clients to be more self aware of their movement patterns by having them “feel” what they are doing and to know if they are using the correct muscles correctly.
  • Learn how to systematically approach an injury with appropriate movement assessment and exercise strategies.
  • Learn how to move through each body part to find drivers of dysfunction and treat in a methodical manner that doesn’t leave the practitioner chasing the patients pain.

Who should take this course?

The Manual Therapist (physiotherapist, chiropractor, osteopath, athletic therapists)

The AMT certification will extend the clinicians reach in the patient’s treatment plan by providing a movement therapy approach with their manual therapy, elevating the standard of care they provide.

By applying the correct movement strategy to a patient, clinicians will progress their treatment faster, they will depend less on the use of there hands and can focus their progress and recovery taking patients to higher levels of recovery and performance. Patients leave feeling more empowered with greater knowledge to self manage injuries and hasten their recovery.

The Movement Coach (Kinesiologist, Personal Trainer, Strength Coach, PTA)

The AMT certification will grant you an advantage over other coaches and trainers in your industry, gaining advance knowledge and skills you will be able to get your clients out of painful patterns, train around injuries and have the tools to treat mechanical dysfunction causing pain or weakness without the need of manual assessment and therapy skills to achieve successful outcomes.

You will be able to communicate better and work alongside health practitioners that have the same philosophy and goals in mind for their clients, creating more consistent treatment and training for shared clients, not to mention creating inter referral relationships as a movement therapist amongst the health providers in your community.

What type of clientele is this suitable for?

The AMT system is applicable to any level of client due to its adaptable and scalable framework through human development, movement and performance. This advanced knowledge will enhance your clinical reasoning skills when treating or working around painful body parts, balance movement impairments as well as movement restrictions maintaining active rehabilitation and recovery to the system.

You will have the ability and skill to work with:
  • Acute injuries
  • Post operative clients
  • Chronic pain
  • Geriatrics
  • Paediatrics
  • High level athletes

What will be learned in the Level 1:

  • At the end of the workshop participants will be able to demonstrate and teach the progressions of the primary functional patterns with load, at an intermediate level in the gym to one of their peers. They will discuss how they would modify for special populations, injuries or movement restrictions that they may incur with their patient population.
  • Confidently choose appropriate exercises given a simulated patient case with various orthopaedic conditions and create adaptations through the progressions and regressions when appropriate for the acute, chronic or pain free athlete through a flexible systematic approach.
  • Apply a framework that guides assessment and treatment decisions that will give them the best outcome for rehabilitation.
  • Demonstrate an intermediate level of competency in the ground based nervous system reset exercises.
  • Define exercise and movement, functional vs practical and discuss when to move between treatment approaches.
  • Describe how this new knowledge can be translated to higher level functioning clients and athletes.
  • Allow the novice/intermediate movement therapist the knowledge, confidence and accuracy when selecting and implementing effective corrective exercise to their clients for optimal outcomes based on their evaluation.
  • Teach the clients to be more aware of movement strategies, self-assess movement restrictions through self-feedback testing and intervene effectively.

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