Part 2 of the Integrated Systems Model (ISM) wrapped up this past Tuesday in White Rock BC. It was another incredible five days, filled with advanced techniques, critical thinking, and ISM integration. The focus for assessment and treatment was on the thoracic rings (ribs 1-3) and the cervical spine (2-7). Other key components of the course included:

1. Shoulder assessment: in relation to the clavicle, scapula, thoracic rings, and cervical spine

2. Pelvic floor assessment and treatment: Kathe Wallace and Tamarah Narrater did a fantastic job making this relevant and practical for all. We now have an understanding of how sacroiliac and hip findings can lead you to the pelvic floor and when to refer to a pelvic floor therapist for more ‘in-depth’ evaluation.

3.Thoracic and lumbar high acceleration, low impulse techniques. Joint specific, safe, and well taught.

4. A review of the articular system: biomechanics and impairments.

5. Movement labs – incorporating yoga, breathing, and improving mobility and control of the driver.

6. There was a lot more and thankfully almost 90% of the weekend was spent out of our chairs working on practical skills.

As a new grad I felt incredible fortunate to be a part of this group. Not only is Diane Lee a great teacher but the other clinicians have a wealth of knowledge that they gladly share. Videos are posted to our drop box, stories and assessments are shared on our private Linked In Page, and questions are answered in an open forum by the teaching assistants. The 1:1 course time for each Part may be only 5 days but the learning and support continues throughout the year with fantastic use of technology.

We were also fortunate to have Rick Celebrini on the course. He took part in day 5 and shared some of his thoughts on labral tears, ACL injuries, and the future of children in sports. It was a great impromptu talk that we were all glad to be a part of.

Diane’s mentor Cliff Folwer was also in attendance for the first 3 days, sharing his wisdom (and his laugh) with the other clinicians.

If you want to take your clinical reasoning to the next level and improve your assessment and treatment skills the course really does offer it all. I think all the clinicians would agree that they are looking forward to implementing their new skills as well as tying it all together in part 3 of the series in September. To find out more about next years courses follow this link.

Thanks for reading,


ps. My post on Part 1