Movement System Balance (MSB) theory and its relationship to alteration in neuromusculoskeletal function.


The concepts and principles of the movement system balance (MSB) theory and its relationship to alteration in neuromusculoskeletal function will be presented. The course will provide instruction in the examination methods used to identify movement system balances, which include:

  • Movement testing
  • Alignment assessments
  • Tests of muscle length
  • Tests of muscle strength
  • Analysis of movement patterns during both specific joint motions and functional activities

Course Details


Course Length



Run Time: 4 hours

Attendee: Physical Therapists, PTA’s, Students, Athletic Trainers

Required Equipment: Personal Computer, Tablet, or Smartphone with access to Broadband Internet (<1.4 mbps)

Examination: 15-question test. Passing grade of 70% or higher required for certificate

Course Evaluation: Yes

Certificate of Completion: Yes

Workbook/Handout: Yes

Course Approvals/Certifications:


Module I

Unit 01: Introduction
Unit 02: Effect of Repeated Movement
Unit 03: Length Associated Changes
Unit 04: Muscle Stiffness
Unit 05: Pain Syndrome
Unit 06: Recruitment Patterns
Unit 07: Faulty Postural Alignments
Unit 08: Abdominal Exercises
Unit 09: Imbalances of the Abdominal Muscles
Unit 10: Backlying Lower Abdominals

Module II

Unit 11: Lower Back Syndromes
Unit 12: Lower Back Syndromes Continued
Unit 13: Lumbar Rotation Syndrome
Unit 14: Relative Flexibility
Unit 15: Examination of a Patient – Part I
Unit 16: Examination of a Patient – Part II
Unit 17: Examination of a Patient – Part III
Unit 18: The Lower Extremity
Unit 19: Other Alignments of the Lower Extremity
Unit 20: Hip Abduction Exercises

Final Test

Certificate of Completion

Course Evaluation

Learning Goals

Upon completion of this class, you should be able to:

  • Identify faults in alignment, muscle length, pattern of movement and their relation ship to musculoskeletal pain syndromes
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of syndromes to be diagnosed by physical therapists
  • Summarize how to develop a precise therpeutic exercise program and correct faulty posture and movement associated with functional activities