June - PSMMT – Lower Quarter Applications Course

Live Course - June 29, 2019 - Grand Rapids, MI

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Course Description

***This course requires successful completion of Pain Science, Movement, and Manual Therapy – Overview Course prior to participation

This course is a lab-intensive 1-day class based on the principles introduced in the Pain Science, Movement, and Manual Therapy (PSMMT) for Rehabilitation Professionals – Overview Course. This course provides regional case-based applications of the principles of PSMMT for the lower extremity. Integration of contemporary neuroscience, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, psychology, and social/environmental layers forms the cornerstone of the course. Open-ended discussions regarding the application of a biopsychosocial framework in the context of pain, movement, exercise, manual therapy, and the integration of the participants existing skill set will be emphasized. This course is predominantly hands-on and includes navigating movement, exercise, and manual therapy prescription. Participants are expected to have reviewed their PSMMT manual prior to attendance. Regions of the lower extremity be covered include:

  • Foot/Ankle
  • Knee
  • Hip
  • Lumbopelvic and Lower thoracic

Course Background

Research on the science of pain spanning the past three decades has changed the way we understand and teach patients about their pain experience. This educational evolution is built on a biopsychosocial framework and its application has achieved improved clinical outcomes including: decreased pain, reduction in fear of movement, promotion of better-quality movement, increased motivation and willingness of patients to participate in exercise and skilled therapy, and decreased overutilization of medical services. Furthermore, these improvements are greater when combined with movement and manual therapy. Cornerstone to this educational approach is recognizing the role of threatening (nocebo) language in worsening patient outcomes and iatrogenic disorders. Concurrent to these pain science developments, movement science has increasingly recognized the interplay of biopsychosocial factors in human movement. Advancements in research on biomechanics and motor control have also revealed an increased need for clinicians to recognize and understand the complex layers of the human experience as playing important roles in assessment and prescription of movement.

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Your Instructor


Leonard H Van Gelder
Leonard H Van Gelder

Leonard Van Gelder is a physical therapist, athletic trainer, therapeutic pain specialist, spinal manual therapist, and strength and conditioning specialist. He has been involved in the movement and rehabilitation field for over 15 years. During this time, he has studied, published research, and presented at regional and international conferences on the science of stretching, strength and conditioning, and therapeutic pain science interventions. He has explored a diverse spectrum of manual therapy and movement approaches, and emphasizes a biopsychosocial approach to manual therapy, movement, and education in his practice. He owns and practices clinically at Dynamic Movement and Recovery (DMR) in Grand Rapids, MI.


Frequently Asked Questions


Where does this course take place?
It will be hosted at Dynamic Movement and Recovery (DMR) in Grand Rapids, MI. Address: 4950 Plainfield NE Suite A, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Cancellation and refund policy
Cancellations received at least 7 business days before the event are 100% refundable. There will be no refund for cancellations received later. If participants register and do not attend, they are still responsible for full payment. Participants will need to contact Dynamic Principles, LLC. via phone or email with a request for refund. Dynamic Principles, LLC. will process the participant’s refund within 3-5 business days from the day the request is received.

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