Almost everyone will experience neck or back pain at some point in their lives. Treating neck and back pain resulting from postural stress and instability requires a multifaceted approach. We live in a dynamic environment and it is critical that we function in this environment in an effective and efficient manner. As clinicians we must appreciate and consider the importance of integrating mobility and stability principles when treating this population. The axial spine is the center of human movement and has considerable influence on the functioning of both the upper and lower extremities. This course takes an in depth look at the two most critical components of human movement which include mobility and stability. Mobility in this context is concerned with how people move and how movement impairments may influence functional patterns. The other component of axial function is stability. This concept refers to muscular control, strength and endurance surrounding the axial spine, which facilitates functional power in a dynamic environment. This hands on intensive course will teach you to properly assess impaired movement patterns followed by treatment concepts focusing on corrective strategies and other facilitation techniques to enhance the quality of movement. These concepts are then integrated into a practical context so the attendee can quickly incorporate them into a treatment plan designed for a diverse patient population. Upon conclusion of the course participants will have a solid understanding of how axial movement influences functional abilities along with corrective strategies, which can improve outcomes.


This is an intermediate level course.


This course is made available as an in-service option only. 

Should you like to offer this course to your staff please complete the in-service request form here.

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    Educational Credit

    A certificate of attendance for 15 Contact Hourswill be awarded to each participant. All Therapy Network Seminars are pre‐approved for CEUs in the state where the course is conducted when required for PT, OT, ATs & Assistants.

    Therapy Network, Inc. (BOC AP#: P2563) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. Our seminars are eligible for a maximum of 15 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

    AOTA Approved Provider of Continuing Education # 3073 Category 1 Domain of OT. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsements of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA


    This course is intended for PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs and ATs

    NOTE: Nothing in this course is to enable or permit the learner to apply techniques outside of the scope of practice in their individual state and discipline.


    • Identify key anatomical structures and principles as they relate to movement and stability of the axial spine
    • Perform movement screening procedures for the axial spine and determine how the results may influence movement patterns
    • Perform and interpret assessments for motor control and muscular endurance
    • Develop a treatment plan for the primary movement impairments associated with cervical/lumbar dysfunction
    • Identify appropriate graded functional training programs for return to activities.

    Participants Comments

    • “This was the most organized, well constructed and beneficial CE course I have ever taken. I would attend any course offered by Bill Hanney”
    • “Best course I have ever attended in 17 years as a PT. Just a great seminar beginning to the end - thank you”
    • “The instructor was very engaged and I appreciated the organized handouts and the humor throughout the weekend”
    • “TNS has the best instructors anywhere. Totally awesome course. - I’ll be back”


    • Day 1

      8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
      8:30 Why Core Stability
      9:00 Principles of Core Stability
      - Clinical anatomy of the axial spine
      - A model of spinal stability
      - Movement impairments
      10:45 BREAK
      11:00 Assessment of Pain & Disability
      - Outcome Measures
      > Pain-Disability-Function & Fear of movement
      12:00 LUNCH (on your own)
      1:00 Instability Assessments
      - Segmental Assessments
      2:00 Assessment of Movement Impairments
      - The causes of movement impairments
      - The most common movement assessment techniques
      - Treatment influences
      3:00 BREAK
      3:15 Assessment of local muscular control
      - Functional role of the local stabilizing system
      - Qualitative & Quantitative assessment of local muscular control
      4:00 Assessment of global muscular endurance
      - Global stabilizing musculature - Functional role
      - Quantitative assessment of global muscular endurance
      5:00 Assessment of General Function & Conditioning
      - How does general conditioning influence outcomes?
      - Integrating movement, control and strength
      - Assessment of conditioning levels to direct treatment
      5:30 Q/A and Adjourn
    • Day 2

      8:00 Treatment approaches
      - Melding different philosophical approaches
      - Targeting the problem areas
      8:30 Treatment approaches for Movement Impairments
      - Dosing strategies
      - Cervicothoracic & Lumbosacral
      9:45 BREAK
      10:00 Local Muscular facilitation techniques and Exercise dosing
      11:00 Global Stabilization progressions
      - Exercise dosing for the global muscle system
      - Organizing Global muscle recruitment
      - Functional organization of the global muscle system
      12:00 LUNCH (on your own)
      1:00 Clinical applications of conditioning
      - Exercise Dosing and Conditioning Strategies
      2:00 Developing Functional Exercise Progressions
      - Developing progressions based on functional needs
      - Primary functional movements
      - Conditioning as a component of function
      - Core Stability Modalities-(KB, stability ball, etc. )
      4:00 Practical Case Studies
      Elderly patient -Sedentary adult -Athlete - Stay at home mom
      5:00 Q/A and Adjourn

    Cancellation Policy

    Registration fee less a $75 administrative charge is refundable if cancellation received 14 days prior to program date. No refunds will be given after that time. Therapy Network, Inc. reserves the right to cancel a seminar and will refund in full the registration fee only. TNI is NOT responsible for registrants nonrefundable airfare, accommodations or fees.