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Visceral Functional Mobilization (VFM) is a course designed to train the participant to palpate and identify structures of the digestive system, starting from the esophagus to the rectum, including the gallbladder, liver, and sphincters. Other structures that will be introduced include the diaphragm, prostate, bladder and uterus. Research has identified that limited visceral mobility impacts skeletal mobility and the function of the involved organ. This course is designed to train the participant to identify mechanical dysfunction within the abdominal viscera and provide treatment strategies to enhance function and mobility. This course is an expansion upon and refinement of the visceral section previously taught in Functional Mobilization II (FM II).
- Develop anatomical palpation skills for the respiratory, digestive, and reproductive organs.
- Correlate subjective and objective findings gained from directed questions, Functional Tests, Functional Movement Patterns, PNF, and palpation.
- Correlate changes in visceral mobility to functional changes in the spine and extremities.
- Identify appropriate FM strategies to enhance mechanical capacity of identified restrictions.
- Develop a home program inclusive of self-mobilization procedures.~Discuss the clinical and published evidence for treatment of viscera.
Requirements & Additional Information
Cadaver Labs may be added to VFM courses if cadavers become available. The purpose of the Cadaver Lab is for VFM course participants to be able to identify and palpate the structures that we will be working on through the duration of the VFM course. If a Cadaver Lab is available you will have the opportunity to add that to your shopping cart when you add the VFM course. Watch the left side of your shopping cart screen. If a Cadaver Lab is added after you have registered for a VFM course you will recieve an email notifying you of the added Cadaver Lab. The Cadaver Labs are separate courses, and there is a fee to attend. You are not registered for a Cadaver Lab unless you pay the additional fee and receive a separate order confirmation. Please contact the IPA at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the 970-870-9521 to inquire about where and when Cadaver Labs will be held, and if you have any questions about Cadaver Labs associated with VFM courses.
Required Course Preparation
- Please have your fingernails filed and trimmed.
- Please review your visceral and reproductive anatomy and physiology prior to the class
Release of Liability Form: Complete the Release of Liability Form and bring it to the course.
Illustrated Anatomy Book. Each participant must bring an illustrated anatomy book to the course. We recommend Netter FH. Atlas of Human Anatomy, 5th Edition. East Hanover, MNJ. Novartis 1977. The course manual will refer to illustration from the 2nd and/or 5th editions. Other illustrated anatomy books are acceptable but locations of specific illustrations will not be referenced in the course. Atlas of Human Anatomy books may be ordered on Amazon.com or www.us.elsevierhealth.com/netter/
Half Foam Roll. Each participant must bring a half foam roll (12″ x 6″ which measures 3″ tall at the apex since the 6″ round is cut in half) to use during the course. 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.
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20 Contact Hours
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.)
Earlybird Price: $625 / Regular Price: $695
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.
Recommended Reading and Viewing
It is required that each participant reviews the Bibliography and read any article they are unfamiliar with prior to the course. All Course Bibliographies
Audience & Attendance
PT, PTA, OT, SPT
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.
- Each participant’s body must be accessible for observation.
- Women: Halter tops, sports bras, and shorts or sweat pants.
- Men: Shorts or sweat pants.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 1 Instructor: ≤ 20 participants
- 2 Instructors: 22 – 32 participants
- 3 Instructors: ≥ 34 participants