pelvis and lumbar spine


There are a few topics that can dramatically increase your treatment effectiveness. This is one of them! The reason is that the lumbopelvis plays a key role in many vital functions, including being in the body’s biomechanical center that has to integrate both the lower and upper quadrants, playing a key role in lymphatic drainage, and being a neurological hub housing key components of the autonomic nervous system. As a result, treatment of somatic dysfunctions in the pelvis and lumbar spine can help improve many conditions, including lower back pain, hip and lower extremity complaints, shoulder pain, headaches, autonomic nervous system imbalance, lymphatic congestion, neurological disorders, and problems in the GI, urinary, and reproductive systems.

While treating disorders of the pelvis and lumbar spine is important in treating acute injuries to the area, the lumbopelvis in an often overlooked and necessary region to treat for long-term improvement in chronic pain situations and autonomic-visceral dysfunctions. Various methods to thoroughly evaluate and treat lumbopelvic somatic dysfunctions will taught.

Learning Objectives (upon completion)

  1. The student will understand the anatomy of the lumbopelvis.
  2. The student will understand the biomechanics of the lumbopelvis.
  3. The student will understand how to evaluate for the presence of somatic dysfunctions in the lumbopelvis.
  4. The student will understand how to treat for the presence of somatic dysfunctions in the lumbopelvis.


Duration: Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 8am-5pm; Sunday, May 21, 2023 from 8am-4pm

Location: Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 North Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
*Please note that masks are now mandatory*

Price: Free for KKI Therapists, lunch provided free of charge daily

Number of Attendees: 12-24

Instructors: Robert Cohen, M.A., P.T. and Jon Laking, M.A., P.T.

Contact: Robert Cohen, M.A., P.T. at 410-321-9292 or

Target Audience: Healthcare providers: M.D., D.O., P.T., A.T.C., M.T., R.N., O.T., and other licensed or certified Healthcare Providers.

Continuing Education Credits: This course is awaiting approval from the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners and the Maryland Board of Occupational Therapy Practice for 1.5 CEUs (15 credit hours).

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