Functional Manual Therapy

Functional Manual Therapy Midlothian, VA

What is FMT?

Functional Manual Therapy® (FMT), is an integrated evaluation and treatment system that promotes optimum human performance by enhancing total body mobility and CoreFirst® postural and movement strategies.

Recent research and functional imaging of the brain continues to reveal the interrelationship between pain, muscular inhibition and poor movement strategies. Just mobilizing joints, giving patients stretching and strengthening exercises, or having a patient participate in “core stabilization” is not sufficient to address the complex interrelationship between the available mobility of the human system and the integration of automatic and volitional motor strategies.

The Functional Manual Therapist is trained to identify specific mobility limitations within the joints, soft tissues, viscera and neurovascular tissues. Limited mobility in these structures can impair your function and ability to automatically and efficiently control your activities of daily living.

How FMT helps

The unique aspect of FMT® is the integration of the mobility treatment with neuromuscular facilitation (ability to initiate the right muscles at the right time with proper strength and endurance) and motor control (the ability to effectively produce coordinated postural and movement strategies). Unlike many systems which teach the patient to volitionally activate their core muscles during daily activities, the CoreFirst® approach facilitates an Automatic Core Engagement (ACE) through efficient postures and specific proprioceptive and kinesthetic training. The ultimate goal of Functional Manual Therapy® is to provide the patient with the mechanical ability and the neuromuscular tools of strength, endurance and proprioceptive awareness to become self sufficient and more proficient in all areas of human performance.

The Institute of Physical Art’s (IPA) comprehensive and innovative FMT® curriculum were developed by Gregory Johnson, PT and Vicky Saliba Johnson, PT.   To learn more about FMT® visit their web site

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