FMUE: Functional Mobilization Upper Extremities

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FMUE provides the clinician a dynamic and fully integrated FMT approach to assessment and treatment of the upper extremity.  The course participant will discuss complex clinical presentations and practice advance Functional Mobilization*  skills to treat the myofascial, articular, and neurovascular tissues, as well as PNF and CoreFirst strategies for the:

  • Shoulder Girdle
  • Glenohumeral Joint
  • Elbow
  • Wrist and hand

Building on the IPA and FMT system of Complete Body Integration (CBI), the participant is trained in PNF upper extremity patterns and the integration of the upper extremity function into full body dynamic stability and controlled movement using PNF trunk and total body patterns.

*Functional Mobilization™ couples active and resisted movement (PNF) with soft tissue and joint mobilization to facilitate normalization of mechanical, neuromuscular, and motor control dysfunctions. A distinction of Functional Mobilization™ is the incorporation of immediate evaluation and management of the relevant CoreFirst® neuromuscular function and motor control in the new range of motion.


The impact tests taught in FMUE created an entirely new paradigm for assessment and treatment of cervicogenic upper extremity pain and weakness.  I can’t believe I was missing this link.

Bob Allen


So many of my unresolved elbow patients (after dry needling, ultrasound and basic mobilization)  are now reporting much less pain and more function as I have used the specific FM techniques I learned in FMUE  to restore mechanical capacity to the radial head and olecranon process.

S Neils


Amazing improvement in my chronic right shoulder pain after taking FMUE a few weeks ago.  I never realized how important resisted axial elongation with capital flexion could be when coupled with the scapular stability exercises.

R Henry



  • Utilize the FMT clinical reasoning system to complete a comprehensive mechanical capacity, neuromuscular function, and motor control assessment of the upper extremities
  • Apply specific FM progression strategies to enhance functional efficiency of the upper extremities
  • Develop competence to assess and treat upper extremity structures, including shoulder girdle, glenohumeral joint, elbow, wrist and hand
  • Learn advanced assessment of neuro-dynamics and specific tracing and isolating for dynamic Functional Mobilization™ of neurovascular restrictions
  • Restore efficient neuromuscular function and motor control at the local area of intervention, as well as Complete Body Integration (CBI) of the treated region utilizing upper extremity and total body PNF patterns
  • Develop strategic evaluation and treatment skills to enhance regional interdependence of the upper extremities and achieve integration within the system as a whole
  • Develop home exercises to augment the FM treatment strategies
  • Analyze and discuss clinical evidence and current literature related to the FMUE material

Requirements & Additional Information

  • Required Course Preparation

    • Prior to the classroom portion of this course, all students must complete the required course preparation which includes videos, quizzes, and articles. Once enrolled in a course, required course preparation can be found by logging on to your IPA account and selecting “My Upcoming Courses.”  If you have any trouble accessing the required course preparation please email [email protected] for assistance.  Prep time varies by course so be sure to review required course work immediately following your purchase to allow for sufficient time to complete assignments prior to the start of the course.  To receive CEUs all required course preparation must be completed prior to course commencement.
    • This 2.5 day class is quite demanding and intense.  Please come well rested.
    • Please have your fingernails filed and trimmed.
    • Please review the PNF and FMI manuals as an understanding of this foundational FMT material is critical to the study and mastery of the advanced techniques and procedures taught in FMUE.  PNF and FMI content are not reviewed as part of FMUE.

  • Required Equipment

    Release of Liability Form: Complete the Release of Liability Form and bring it to the course.

    Half Foam Roll: (12″ x 6″ which measures 3″ tall at the apex since the 6″ round is cut in half).  NOTE:  You may order one from IPA or from a number of other providers.  Orders that are received three weeks prior to a course, and clearly request shipment to a course, may be shipped directly to the course.  All other orders will be shipped to the address given on the order.  Order Half Foam Roll

    Mobilization Belt: 1.5″ x 8′.  NOTE:  You may order one from IPA or from a number of other providers.  Orders that are received three weeks prior to a course, and clearly request shipment to a course, may be shipped directly to the course.  All other orders will be shipped to the address given on the order. Order Mobilization Belt


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  • CEU Information

    20 Contact Hours

    To receive CEUs all required course preparation must be completed PRIOR to course commencement.

    Approved for PTs in NY, IL, and CA.  For a different state, please check with your state board for reciprocity of CEU approval from one of these states.  IPA will provide the standard documentation needed for individual state approval if your state does not accept reciprocity.  OTs, and PTAs should check with their approving body to determine if the PT approval is acceptable.

    To determine if any additional state approvals have been obtained, please check facility information for a specific course. (Select more info for the specific course at the bottom of this page and then select Facility Information tab.  Any additional approval will appear in the top left of the tab below the facility name.)

  • Price Information

    Earlybird Price: $650 / Regular Price: $725

    Earlybird Discounts: Register at least one month prior to course commencement and receive a discount of approximately 10%.  Register early and save!

    Student / New Professional Discounts: Students and First Year New Professionals can receive a 20% discount. Full details here.

    Repeat Discounts: IPA makes two (2) spots in each in-person course available at half-price for those repeating a course within five (5) years.  Registration for the half-price spots is on a first-come basis.  You must register by phone to receive a half-price repeat spot.  Registering online will result in you being charged full price. Credits cannot be issued once your transaction is complete.  Half-price tuition does not include a course manual or any supplies distributed at the course. Full details here.

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  • Audience & Attendance


    Attendees agree to utilize all skills of evaluation, assessment and treatment learned in this course to the extent allowed under the regulations of their professional practice act. By registering you acknowledge that your attendance does not represent authorization by the IPA, or any of its officers, to utilize any of the material learned which may lie outside of the strict interpretation of your practice act.

    Each attendee is expected to complete the required pre-course work before the course begins, and 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 of the shoulder girdle, elbow, wrist, and hand.
    • Women:  Halter tops, sports bras, or similar.
    • Please refrain from wearing large or sharp jewelry.
    • It is recommended to wear layers for comfort between labs as temperatures may vary in the room.

  • Breaks

    While we continue to cope with the presence of COVID-19, the IPA shall adhere to ongoing CDC guidelines related to food and beverage consumption at each course.  To avoid community spread, participants are requested to bring their own drink and any desired snack.  Each participant will be requested to step out of the room while consuming drink or food or create a socially acceptable distance from other participants.

  • Instructor Note

    While specific instructors are scheduled for each course, circumstance may necessitate instructor changes. In addition, the final number of instructors is determined by enrollment.  Course refunds or transfers are not granted related to changes in the designated instructor or number of instructors.


    Instructor/Participant Ratio:

    • 1 Instructor:  ≤ 20 participants
    • 2 Instructors:  22 – 32 participants
    • 3 Instructors:  ≥ 34 participants

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