3-Hour Online Course

Movement System Foundations: Application to Women’s and Pelvic Health Practice

Course Description

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) officially adopted the language of the “movement system” in 2013, with a white paper published in 2015 supporting the definition and understanding of the movement system in physical therapy. As this important concept continues to grow throughout the profession, it is of utmost importance that pelvic and women’s health physical therapists have an approachable understanding of how exactly to apply the concepts of the movement system and movement diagnoses in their practice. Additionally, as pelvic therapists, we continue to recognize the importance of a whole-body approach, and this course will provide a systematic framework in order to strategically assess the patient as a whole (and not just their pelvic floor). This 3-hour online pre-recorded webinar will be the foundation of a series of courses devoted to teaching the learner the movement system framework, diagnoses, and applications for treatment in women’s and pelvic health.

Eligibility Requirement: This course is open to licensed PTs, PTAs and open to PT students. This course is a prerequisite to all other Movement courses offered by Karla Wente and Tracy Spitznagle. 

Contact Hours: 3 Contact Hours


  • 3 hours of recorded, on-demand video
  • Supplemental pre-readings and handouts
  • 10-question multiple-choice exam and survey
  • Certificate of Completion (upon 80% or higher score on exam)


Course Objectives

Upon completion of this series, the learner will:

  • Understand the Human Movement System, the importance of this concept in physical therapy practice, the role of PTs/PTAs as movement experts, and how to promote this within their practice and community
  • Describe the concepts of relative flexibility, stiffness versus shortness
  • Understand the importance symptom monitoring, a standardized movement examination, weight of examination items, and how to perform secondary tests
  • Use the findings of a movement examination to determine the patient’s primary movement diagnosis
  • Develop a treatment plan that is directly related to the patient’s primary movement faults/patterns that will provide a well-rounded approach to their care


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