Module: co-ordination efficiency

Multi-joint synergies in alignment
and coordination


Introduction to Course

This module evaluates movement patterns to help change muscle function associated to pain, pathology and compromised function. This evaluation helps therapists towards establishing a more optimised movement system for their patients. 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 main focus of this course is to explore functional activities and tasks in patients. Understanding muscle actions and observing synergist activation patterns can inform clinicians of movement patterns associated with pain and impaired function. Directed cueing for facilitation of more optimal patterns are developed in practical workshops.


 The clinical value of these skills are both immediate and long term improvements in function and pain. The 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.

Key Features

  • Enhances ability to assess muscle function through observation of patients’ movement patterns during functional tasks
  • Develops clinicians’ teaching and cueing skillset of their patients’ movement patterns to influence muscle function associated with pain, pathology and compromised function
  • Combines classic and contemporary evaluation methods with Kinetic Control’s world renowned and innovative movement assessment and retraining
  • Gives clinicians the ability to choose movement assessment and retraining as the intervention of choice

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course the participant should be able to:
  • Display an understanding of the relationship between movement patterns, postural alignment and muscle synergies in functional tasks
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply a muscle synergy classification model to multi-joint movement challenges
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess the efficiency of alignment and movement patterns so as to reduce pain, the impact of pathology and improve function
  • Display an ability to classify individuals into relevant alignment and movement pattern subgroups for the low back, the hip, the neck and the shoulder
  • Display an ability to deliver movement intervention strategies to minimise the negative causes or consequences of alignment change and inefficient movement patterns
  • Identify how assessment, analysis and retraining of alignment and movement patterns can be integrated in to their clinical practice
  • Display a good understanding of why movement matters to postural alignment and recruitment synergies in functional tasks

Programme Outline

  • How lost ‘choices’ in movement impact synergies and function
  • The value of evaluating movement and what it tells us about recruitment patterns between synergists
  • Assessing pattern of movement in functional activities
  • The value of both static and dynamic alignment in respect to muscle synergies
  • Detailed analysis of muscle function and patterns and changes associated with pain and impaired function
  • Practical workshops to enhance cueing to facilitate of more optimal patterns for immediate and long term improvements in function and pain
  • The implication of pain of recruitment thresholds and recruitment synergies
  • Muscle classification and the implication of muscle roles for movement control and co-ordination
  • Muscle synergy function on alignment at low back and pelvis, hip, neck and shoulder
  • Synergistic patterns in functional activities

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.