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Lumbo-Pelvis I: 

Introduction to Mechanical Treatment

(PDX), February 7-9th, 2020

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     Effective treatment of the Lumbo-Pelvis requires detailed knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, neurology, embryology and dynamic force relationship to the Lower Extremity, specifically the hip and pubic symphysis. This course provides the participant with an extensive knowledge of these areas, the ability to mechanically assess / observe / diagnose (according to the appropriate licensure) as well as the intricacies of dysfunction of the lower extremity as it relates to pelvic dysfunction. 

The lumbopelvic joints, ligaments, muscles, fascia, vascular and neural components will be discussed from embryological, vertebral, biomechanical and arthrokinematic standpoints. Assessment and treatment will include Muscle Energy Techniques, Counterstrain, Travell concepts and myofascial techniques employed and demonstrated in laboratory session.

Painful joints are the top reason patients seek treatment. Most of these painful joints are not due to acute trauma which poses a problem for the current medical system approach. This course focuses on the ability to determine the adaptive problems that resist treatment so as to be able to focus in on the most important aspects of a patient's complaints.


The lumbopelvis contains the lumbar spine, iliosacral joint, sacrococcygeal joint, sacroiliac joint, and hip, which makes it an area of complexity and interrelated dysfunction that can be difficult to fully treat. Couple this area rich in dysfunction with its dynamic force relationship with the lower extremity so that function changes in sitting, standing, and laying, and it is easy to see why lasting success is often hard to attain in treatment. This class details the specific relationships of the lower extremity to the lumbopelvis and the acute and chronic conditions that lead to pelvic obliquity, especially those that are resistant to correction, and how to manually treat and develop an effective home program for the biomechanical Pelvis.

Lumbo-Pelvis I: 

Introduction to Mechanical Treatment

(PDX), February 7-9th, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Airport

Address: 11550 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97216

Phone: (503) 255-1500

Target audience: Licensed healthcare providers including, but not limited to:

PT, AT, DC, MT, RN, OT, LMT, and ND.

BOC Essential Level

18 contact hours – 18 1-A hours anticipated  


Instructors: Neal O'Neal, PT and Dennis Eaton, MPT

Class is held 9-5 Friday and Saturday, 8-12 Sunday.


Fees: $650/student  Course limited to 24 students.


Learning Objectives: Upon course completion, the participant will be able to-

1) Palpate the discrete structures of the lumbar spine, pelvis, and lower extremity;


2) Ask appropriate patient history questions that take into account new, research-based understanding of lumbopelvic function;


3) Identify, palpate and test motion or irritation of the lumbopelvis to include joints, capsules, muscles, fascia, blood vessels, and lymphatic tissue.


4) Demonstrate various treatment strategies such as Muscle Energy Technique, Counterstrain-positional release,  and Neurovascular Techniques).


5) Perform appropriate Global and Regional provocation tests for the lumbopelvis and lower extremity.


6) Apply a specific Home Exercise Program based on objectively assessed neuromuscular imbalance and somatic dysfunction.


Materials Provided: A binder of the course materials will be provided to each student to follow along and take notes during the lecture and lab portions of the class.


Purpose: The purpose of this class is to provide the clinical practitioner with the knowledge of how recent research has changed current clinical treatment approaches to the biomechanical pelvis and lower extremity. 

Expected outcomes are to develop effective delineation and treatment strategies based upon an integration of new information and the extensive body of knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, and embryology of the lumbopelvis. This class will enhance participant learning through the use of discussion, audio-visual materials, recent research evidence, and extensive lab-based learning.




9am – 12pm              Anatomy and Neurology of the Lumbopelvis and LE (Lecture)

12pm – 1pm              Lunch

1pm – 1:45pm           Global and Regional Provocation Tests (Lab)

1:45pm – 2:45pm      Relation and Testing of LE dysfunction in relation to the Lumbopelvis (Lecture)

2:45pm – 5pm           Somatic Treatment of the Lower Extremity- Counterstrain / Mobilization (Lab)



9am – 9:30am          Current Research discussion (Interactive Discussion)

9:30am – 10:30am   Somatic Treatment of the Lumbopelvis- MET assessment (Lab)

10:30am – 12pm      Somatic Treatment of the Lumbopelvis- MET treatment (Lab)

12 – 1pm                   Lunch

1pm  – 2:30pm         Somatic Treatment of the Lumbopelvis- STM treatment (Lab)

2:30pm – 5pm          Somatic Treatment of the Lumbopelvis- Neurologically based treatments (Lab)



8am – 11am              Somatic Treatment of the Lumbopelvis - Counterstrain based treatment (Lab)

11am – 12pm            Neurological Approaches- Ganglia Treatment (Lab)

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