LEVEL 1: Movement, Alignment
& Coordination



Introduction to Course

This module and all the related Kinetic Control courses, seek to deliver the ability for you to help all patients to move better, feel better and do more. These courses present movement as the vehicle supplying choice in people’s life, for life; a perspective shifting the emphasis away from pain and pathology, placing movement and movement health at the centre of intervention strategies. The two days of this particular module, employ a movement focused philosophy to those issues related to alignment and co-ordination, considering how both factors may influence any one individual’s movement health.    

This module evaluates alignment and offers a classification and clinical interpretation of sustained, habitual alignments effect on movement. This evaluation process directs therapists towards a means of establishing a more optimised movement system. The observation and analysis of patterns of muscle synergies in functional tasks is examined and options for retraining more efficient movement strategies are presented.


By the end of this series of courses you can achieve Kinetic Control Level 1 Certification

Course Outline

The dynamic interactions of movement, alignment and co-ordination are truly complex. An individual’s alignment may influence their movement; it is also seen that movement and co-ordination possess the potential to change alignment; arguably, for both positive and less desirable outcomes. Whilst movement, alignment and co-ordination are intrinsically linked, the continued debate regarding the relationship between pain, dysfunction and posture demands a systematic, evidence based approach to pain and dysfunction’s management. This module supplies a process to evaluate alignment, offering a classification and clinical interpretation of sustained, habitual positioning’s effects on movement, pain and dysfunction.

This assessment process, clearly directs therapists towards an effective means of managing movement and alignment, so that individuals may pursue pain free lives, avoiding recurrence and secondary complaints.

 In addition to alignment, performance of functional tasks is also scrutinised, revealing upon the movement system’s current strategies of multi-joint task achievement. This process delivers insight on to the muscle synergies employed within day to day activities, which may be associated with risk of recurrence and current episodes of pain and dysfunction.

If the patient’s pain or dysfunction is a ‘downstream’ process of the presence of movement impairments, this module supplies a route to address this source, limiting both pain’s presence and likelihood of return.

Key Features

  • Low back, hip, neck and shoulder alignment is classified and analysed for its implications for posture and movement control
  • Strategies to correct or improve postural alignment are developed
  • A variety of common functional tasks are analysed with respect to the primary muscle groups involved in those tasks. Further detailed observation of the recruitment synergies between the one-joint stabiliser and multi-joint mobiliser synergists is analysed.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course the participant should be able to:
  • Display a good understanding of why movement matters to postural alignment and recruitment synergies in functional tasks
  • Demonstrate an understanding and ability to observe changes in functional movements that reflect changes in relative stiffness and relative flexibility
  • Display an ability to observe posture and classify individuals into a relevant alignment subgroups for the low back, the hip, the neck and the shoulder
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the implications of alignment classification to changes in muscle length and recruitment, to potential risk of pain and to movement health in general
  • Display an ability to discuss strategies and options to minimise or correct some of the negative causes or consequences of postural alignment change
  • Demonstrate the ability to observe function tasks or activities and analyse the pattern of synergist recruitment being used and make a judgement as to whether it is appropriate or aberrant.
  • Demonstrate the ability to devise a movement retraining strategy to change an aberrant pattern of recruitment into an appropriate pattern of recruitment depending on the task involved and the loading (non-fatiguing movement or fatiguing load) requirements of that task

Programme Outline

  • Why movement matters
  • The need to consider the implication of alignment and recruitment patterns between synergists
  • How ideal ‘normal’ is produced and controlled
  • How aberrant ‘non-ideal’ movement function can develop without pain
  • How pain changes the movement both centrally and in peripheral tissues
  • How recurrence and chronicity develop
  • Compensation as a strategy to maintain function in the presence of barriers to normal (optimal) movement and function
  • Identifying uncontrolled compensation as a clinical marker of movement control impairments
  • The diagnosis of movement control impairments in terms of the site of impairment and the direction of failure of cognitive control
  • Understanding and analysing recruitment synergies between one-joint stabiliser and multi-joint mobiliser synergists
  • The development of aberrant recruitment strategies associated with impairment
  • The implication of pain of recruitment thresholds and recruitment synergies
  • Muscle classification and the implication of muscle roles for movement control and co-ordination
  • Single-task versus multi-tasking muscles
  • The implications of movement control versus force production for optimal function
  • Lumbo-pelvic muscle influence on alignment & posture
  • Lumbo-pelvic alignment subclassification
  • Hip alignment & subclassification
  • Cervical muscle influence on alignment & posture
  • Cervical alignment and subclassification
  • Shoulder girdle muscle function & posture
  • Shoulder girdle posture and alignment / myofascial influence on postural alignment
  • Synergistic patterns in functional activities
  • Exploring Global Stability Muscle Efficiency for Movement Health
We will cover:
  • How to evaluate movement
  • Discover the importance of the relationship between restrictions and the control of movement
  • You’ll learn how to use movement control tests to identify movement impairments
  • Find out how to make a diagnosis of movement control impairments (site and direction)
  • You’ll also consider how these problems affect function and symptoms
  • At the end of the course you’ll be able to undertake movement control retraining to help optimise movement health
You will achieve the following:
  • Acquire the necessary skills to evaluate movement and identify movement impairments
  • Be able to make a thorough diagnosis of those dysfunctions
  • Have a range of effective strategies at your fingertips to correct the issues presented to you
  • With these new skills you will be in a position to help your patients reach their goals
  • You’ll also have an deeper understanding that will allow you consider the neuroscience underpinning the principles of movement evaluation and retraining decision making

Kinetic Control courses are designed for medical health professionals such as physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, podiatrists etc registered with the HPC. In exceptional circumstances experienced non medical health professionals may be allowed to attend Kinetic Control courses but these participants MUST be able demonstrate that the course material is within their scope of practice and that they have appropriate professional liability insurance to cover them for their attendance at the course and the course content.

This course has both theortical and practical elements. Please come prepared for the practical work.