This seminar provides a broad introduction to the concepts of mobilization of the nervous system.


This seminar provides a broad introduction to the concepts of mobilization of the nervous system. The nervous system is presented as a mobile and elastic structure worthy of physical examination in many spinal and peripheral problems. To integrate this concept into clinical practice and research, some clinical reasoning skills and a basic understanding of neurobiology are necessary. Therefore, this seminar merges three areas:

  • Physical examination of the nervous system
  • Neurobiology of peripheral and central sensitivity
  • Clinical reasoning science

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: Two (2) 20-question module Quizzes. Passing grade of 70% or higher on each required for certificate

Course Evaluation: Yes

Certificate of Completion: Yes

Workbook/Handout: Yes

Course Approvals/Certifications:


Module I

Lecture 1: Physical Health of the Nervous System

Unit 1: Definition & Manual Therapy
Unit 2: Key Points

Lecture 2: Pain

Unit 1: Introduction & Definition
Unit 2: Language of Pain & the Pain Revolution

Lecture 3: Pain, Clinical Reasoning, & Neurodynamics

Unit 1: Clinical Reasoning
Unit 2: Pathobiological Mechanisms, Dysfunctions, & Sources
Unit 3: Contributing Factors, Precautions, Prognosis, & Treatment

Lecture 4: Peripheral Neurogenic Sensitivity

Unit 1: Injury to Nerves / Altered Fluid Movements
Unit 2: Where Does Pain Come From?
Unit 3: Clinical Detection

Module II

Lecture 5: Central Sensitivity

Unit 1: Dorsal Horn
Unit 2: Mechanism of Dorsal Horn Changes
Unit 3: Patterns of Maladaptive Central Sensitivity

Lecture 6: Physical Examination of the Nervous System

Unit 1: Base Neurodynamic Tests
Unit 2: Straight Leg Raise Test
Unit 3: Other Neurodynamic Base Tests

Lecture 7: Management Guidelines

Unit 1: General Points
Unit 2: General Points – Part II
Unit 3: Patient Examples – Part I
Unit 4: Patient Examples – Part II
Unit 5: Patient Examples – Part III
Unit 6: Seminar Summary

Final Test

Certificate of Completion

Course Evaluation


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

  • Describe the functional anatomy of the nervous system to its mechanics
  • Examine the physical health of the nervous system by conducting tests, nerve palpation, and neurodynamic tests
  • Describe the neurobiology, pathobiology, and clinical patterns related to peripheral and central sensitivity.
  • Discuss methods of examination and management of neuro-orthopedic disorders
  • Discuss the intimate links between neurobiology, clinical reasoning, and physical examination