Pillars of Manual Medicine

Course Description & Schedule

The Pillars of Manual Medicine conference has 1 simple goal:  to help attendees understand Why, When and How to utilize certain evidence-based, conservative techniques, approaches and systems as it pertains to Low Back Pain.

The people involved in this conference want to move the bar forward as it relates to manual medicine.  Each has a strong belief that conservative manual and movement driven healthcare should be a primary method of treatment for many people in pain yet there is so much we still do not know and so much more we can do to help people. With this in mind, we are looking for open-minded individuals to attend this conference to learn about various techniques and approaches.  We also invite you to have a solid discussion about our own strengths and weaknesses and what we need to do to be better and move the bar forward as it relates to the betterment of ourselves and the people we serve.

Each Panelist will have the opportunity to speak about their technique/approach for 1 hour in the morning.  After lunch we will then have a panel discussion.  All Panelists will have been previously recorded evaluating and treating a live patient with the presentation of Low Back Pain.  Each panelist will be given a period of time to present their patient case.  A moderator will then ask and field questions from the other Panelists as well as the audience.  This will provide the opportunity for all attendees to discuss the various approaches and how different clinicians may have approached it differently and why.

Following the Panel on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, each attendee will then learn how to apply the Technique they registered for.  This gives attendees the opportunity to see the why and when before the how.  Each attendee receives an opportunity to see why and when they would choose a technique before they learn the technique itself.


*Attendees have 2 options when Registering.

  1. Choose the exact Course you would like to take in conjunction with the Panel 
  2. Choose “Undecided” if you wish to see the Panel first and make your Course decision on Friday.  
    1. ***There are a limited number of “Undecided” spots available.  These spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Standard Pricing:

$1050 for professionals, $600 for students

*Group Discounts are Available. Please contact us for details.

*Students must show a valid student ID at the time of check in.


June 21, 2019 (Friday):

Panel & Discussion

Each Panelist will speak for 1 hour on their topic in the morning including current best evidence on their subject.

After lunch each Panelist will present a Pre-Recorded (but Live) Patient Example for discussion among the other Panelists and Attendees.

Panel Schedule: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

*Specific Schedule below is subject to change:


8:00 am Michael Shacklock Presentation – Neurodynamics (Nerve driven approach)

9:00 am Warren Hammer Presentation – Fascial Manipulation (Soft Tissue driven approach)

10:00 am Chris Showalter Presentation – Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars (Symptom Provocation approach)

11:00 am Shirley Sahrmann Presentation – Movement System Impairment Syndromes (Movement driven approach)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  LUNCH

1:00 pm Michael Shacklock – Case Presentation and Discussion

2:00 pm Warren Hammer – Case Presentation and Discussion

3:00 pm Chris Showalter – Case Presentation and Discussion

4:00 pm Shirley Sahrmann – Case Presentation and Discussion

June 21-23, 2019 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday):

*Attend a course on the topic of your choice!

1) Fascial Manipulation 1a (24 hours, the first half of Level I)

Fascial Manipulation Courses – Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics of the Fascial System

Fascial Manipulation courses are dedicated to the understanding and treatment of the human fascial system.  It is spread over three consecutive levels of 48 hours for Level 1a, 1b, and 2a, 2b.  There is also a level  3 of 54 hours dedicated to the treatment of internal fascial function. The training consists of theoretical lectures, demonstrations by the teachers and hands-on training of the participants. This deepens student knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the fascial system and use of the biomechanical model used in the application of the Fascial Manipulation technique.  It is important that students learn how to palpate and localize the FM points. In this process, an emphasis is placed on the assessment of musculoskeletal and internal dysfunctions and on how to develop a treatment strategy.

Fascial Manipulation 1a (24 hours, the first half of Level I) will be presented. This will include the latest information on the anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of the fascial system (patient history, functional examination and fascial examination to determine how the fascia is involved in either a local area or part of the kinetic chain, i.e., an old ankle injury responsible for a current knee, hip or lumbar problem.  Probably the most important breakthrough in soft tissue treatment is that a dysfunctional fascial system influences the somatosensory system that is necessary for proper control of the muscular system. 

Level I – 48 hours on two THREE DAY weekends: emphasizes various dysfunctions of the locomotor system and correlates this information with the densifications that are termed Centers of Coordination located in myofascial units. Correlation of this information is related to conditions such as chronic pain, tendinopathy, spinal and extremity pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches to just mention a few. Myofascial units continue into myofascial sequences thereby creating an understanding of what is known as fascial chains. Completion of level one allows access to level 2.

Level II – 48 hours on two THREE DAY weekends In a large percentage of patients, the treatment of Centers of Coordination (CC), as taught in Level 1, can be a final answer for obtaining a healing result, but the complete treatment of patients under FM requires Level 2.  Level 1 considers fascia regulating single planes of movement i.e., unidirectional muscle fibers such as in the three planes of motion (sagittal, frontal and horizontal).  Research has shown that it is also necessary to coordinate two or three myofascial units involved in complex global movements where the forces of myofascial units converge. Centers of Fusion (CF) are taught to be used for single segments, along myofascial diagonals and myofascial spirals.  CF points are mostly found over retinacula and periarticular structures that are influenced by complex movements.

*Although Fascial Manipulation requires several courses and time practicing the technique to be very proficient (like many techniques), attendees WILL get information and techniques they will be able to utilize immediately in clinic on Monday morning.

6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
8:00 am – 6:00 pm

For more information on Fascial Manipulation, please see:  http://www.fascialmanipulation.com/en/educational/fascial-manipulation-fm-courses/

2) Movement System Impairment Syndromes:  Lumbopelvic Course


The MSI syndromes were developed by Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD and her colleagues. These syndromes are described in her books, Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes and Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Extremities, Cervical and Thoracic Spine.

Our MSI courses teach you to identify faulty alignment, movement patterns, and muscle imbalances using observation of movement as well as muscle length and strength testing. You will also learn how to alleviate and prevent mechanical musculoskeletal pain through treatment focused on the restoration of optimal alignment and appropriate movement patterns.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

For more information on Movement System Impairment Syndromes, please see: https://pt.wustl.edu/education/movement-system-impairment-syndromes-courses/

3) Neurodynamics Lower Quarter 1


  • general neurodynamic principles applied to the entire body and specifically  the lower quarter, including the lumbar spine, hip and piriformis syndrome, hamstring injury and heel pain due to tibial and medial calcaneal nerve disorders
  • classifications of structures and mechanisms for diagnosis and treatment
  • neurodynamic sequencing – a mechanism that can be used to make neurodynamic technique more specific than in the past
  • how to differentiate nerve from other tissues with mechanical testing
  • how to make diagnosis and treatment more specific than before.

9:00 am – 5:30 pm
9:00 am – 5:30 pm

For more information on the Neurodynamics Lower Quarter course, please see:  https://www.neurodynamicsolutions.com/lower-quarter-course-content.html

4) Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars – Lower Quarter Course

The Maitland-Australian approach is world renowned and the cornerstone of modern day Evidence-Based Orthopedic Manual Therapy.
First developed by the famous Australian Physiotherapist and co-founderof IFOMPT(1), Geoffrey Maitland, the Maitland-Australian approach was introduced to the U.S. by MAPS founder Robert Sprague, PT, PhD, GDMT, COMT, FAAOMPT. This approach is based primarily on the assessment and treatment of the patient’s signs/symptoms, respecting the diagnosis, understanding the pathology and using biomechanical knowledge when applicable. Biomechanical theory plays only a small role. The examination and subsequent treatment is intended to gently provoke the patient’s actual symptoms and thus confirm the source and specific tissues potentially at fault. Carefully graded osteokinematic (physiological) and arthrokinematic (accessory) passive mobilization techniques are performed to reproduce the pain of a stiffness disorder (pathomechanical)
to restore normal movement and mechanics, OR to reduce/eliminate the patient’s pain dominant disorder (pathophysiological) related to inflammation or other pathophysiological processes. The Maitland-Australian approach is scientific, systematic, logical, usually very gentle and epitomizes TRUE Clinical Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM). MAPS integrates the THREE equally weighted components of EBM into every course using:
Supporting research updated continually to ensure course content validity.
MAPS courses refine skills in patient assessment, clinical reasoning, and clinical decision-making. Our
Faculty have over 664 combined years of clinical experience. Our courses emphasize lateral thinking to
improve the therapist’s clinical skills through continuous self-assessment.
The patient’s needs are considered above all else, and the effects the disorder has upon the patient are the
primary concerns in both evaluation and treatment.
(1) IFOMPT=International Federation of Orthopedic Manual Therapists

8:30 am – 5:00 pm
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

For more information on Maitland-Australian Physiotherapy Seminars, please see: https://www.ozpt.com/index.php

*This course is open to the following professions: PT’s, DC’s, DO’s and MD’s

Hotel Reservations:

To make hotel reservations, please use the online registration link, or phone numbers below.  Be sure to mention “Pillars of Manual Medicine” when calling to receive the group rate.


(312) 427-3800 ext 5025
(800) 635-1666
*We do recommend making reservations at the time of course registration, as rooms are expected to fill quickly!

Cancellation Policy:

  • A service charge of $75 will apply for all cancellations.
  • Refunds will not be issued within 30 days of the seminar date.
  • Registration may be transferred to a different eligible party with 30 days notice.

GROUP AND STUDENT discounts are available.  Please email info@motuseducation.com with the group name and size for more information.

CEU Policy:

-Motus Education applies for CEUs for licensed chiropractors in the state of the course as a standard practice.

-We agree to apply for CEUs for additional states/professions, if there is sufficient time (based on each states’ rules).

-If you require CEUs for your state and profession, please inform Motus Education of your CE needs at the time of registration.

Michael Shacklock
Chris Showalter


Warren Hammer, DC, MS, DABCO

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Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA

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Michael Shacklock, DipPhysio, MAppSc, FACP

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Chris Showalter, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT

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Course: Pillars of Manual Medicine

Course Dates: June 21-23, 2019

Course Times: Start & end times vary per course.  Please see schedule listed for each course.

Course L​ocation:  The Congress Plaza Hotel & Convention Center

520 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605


Standard Pricing:

$1050 for professionals, $600 for students 

*Group Discounts are Available. Please contact us for details.

*Students must show a valid student ID at the time of check in.