FMT Mobility Specialist

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with a duration of 6 Hour(s)

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FMT Mobility Specialist Course

CEU CREDITS: 6 hours

CEUs may be offered for DC, ATC, PT, LMT, OTs and personal trainers – depending on location and class type.


FMT Mobility Specialist Course is an evidence-informed self-myofascial rolling course that advances students’ understanding of mobility techniques for their patient’s and client’s needs.  FMT Mobility Specialist offers a practical framework and a systematic approach for determining why, how, when and where to roll for movement preparation, movement recovery or pain relief. Assessment systems will be presented examining concepts of joint by joint mobility, stability and fascial integrity. These systems will be utilized to direct fun and innovative lab experiences throughout the course.

FMT Mobility Specialist methodically integrates a review of the current literature and demonstrates the science behind rolling for improved rehabilitation or performance outcomes. Current concepts such as rolling with percussion/vibration will be explored with innovative solutions provided for common movement, performance and recovery challenges.

This course is intended for health and fitness professionals with all levels of prior self-myofascial rolling experience. All supplies needed for the course and lab experiences are available for purchase.

Functional Movement Training (FMT) Certification courses are taught by industry leading experts in movement assessment, performance and rehabilitation.


Educational Objectives of FMT Mobility Specialist Course:

At the conclusion of the course, attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify and discuss the history of self-myofascial release/rolling (Self-MFR) techniques.
  2. Compare and contrast current foam rolling research studies.
  3. Discuss and critique neurological vs mechanical physiological effects of self-myofascial rolling techniques.
  4. Compare variables of ‘how’ we roll, including depth, duration and rate of rolling and the effects on the underlying tissue and patient/client outcomes.
  5. Compare variables of ‘why and when’ we roll, including for movement preparation, movement recovery and pain relief.
  6. Discuss, screen and apply joint by joint mobility and stability MFR techniques to explore a system of ‘where to roll’.
  7. Discuss, screen and apply facial chain mobility MFR techniques to explore a system of ‘where to roll’.
  8. Discover and experiment with various self-myofascial release application techniques for common complaint locations such as spine, upper and lower extremities.



6 hour on-demand webinar


Hour One

Welcome & introduction of instructor and course participants

Overview of outline of the course; introduction of topics that will be covered as well as description of practical lab experience and presentation of case studies.

What is FMT? Functional Movement Training


History of Self-Myofascial Release (Ch 1)

Past and future rolling techniques, trends and movements

Typical settings where students may have previously seen use of Self-MFR

Foam Roller, pre and post workout

Stick Massager, recovery concepts

Mobility Ball, trigger point concepts

Vibrating Foam Roller, enhancing inputs and neurological priming


New Science of Foam Rolling (Ch 2)

         Neurologic vs Mechanical Effects of Self-Myofascial Rolling

Rolling concepts of influence on tissues and brain of person rolling


The Mechanical Effects (Ch 3)

Mechanical Effects of Self-Myofascial Release techniques

Shear and Compression Mechanics of skin and underlying tissues

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Tutorial and demonstration

Differentiating Densification vs Fibrosis Tissue Restrictions

Debunking myths of breaking up fascia, research review


The Neurologic Effects (Ch 4)

Neurophysiological Effects Self-Myofascial Rolling techniques

Introduction of concept of Body Maps with Clear and Faulty Representations

Communication channels to the Brain via Skin and Fascia

Review of Touch Science and its role in foam rolling


Psychosocial Effects (Ch 5)

Using MFR as a layer in treatment variability to produce varied psychosocial effects


Review of Equipment (Ch 6)

Rollers: equipment specs, typical rolling approach, unique rolling techniques

Mobility Balls: equipment specs, typical rolling approach, unique rolling techniques

Mobility Sticks: equipment specs, typical rolling approach, unique rolling techniques

Vibration: equipment specs, typical rolling approach, unique rolling techniques


Hour Two

Safety with Self-MFR (Ch 7)

Reducing risks involved in self-myofascial release (foam roller, sticks, balls)

Relative and Absolute Contraindications to Foam Rolling


The FMT System (Ch 8)

Technical and Practical Approach to Rolling Techniques

How, Why, Where, Application and Performance Considerations

How to Roll methodology and technique

Why to Roll, indications and philosophy

Where to Roll, Joint by Joint and Fascial Chain Systems


How We Roll (Ch 9)

How Variables

Depth Parameters to consider when rolling

Duration Parameters to consider when rolling

Rate Parameters to consider when rolling

Research Influence on How Technique


Why and When We Roll (Ch 10)

Why and When Variables

Movement Preparation (Pre-activity) Tech Specs

Movement Recovery (Post-activity) Tech Specs

Pain Management Rolling Tech Specs

Research Influence on Why Technique


Where We Roll (Ch 11)

Where Variables

Location Approaches

Joint by Joint Mobility (Ch 12)

Joint by Joint Stability (Ch 13)

Fascial Chain System (Ch 14)

Rolling the Person, psychosocial and affective technique considerations

Research Influence on Where Technique


Hour Three

Joint by Joint Mobility Rolling (Ch 12)

Screen, Techniques, Re-Screen System

Research Update on Mobility Concepts

Introducing Vibration for Mobility Concepts

Mobility Intervention Tactics

Lower Limb Region

Upper Limb Region

Neck Region


Hour Four

Joint by Joint Stability Rolling (Ch 13)

Screen, Techniques, Re-Screen System

Research Update on Stability Concepts

Feeling Tight, Mechanical or Neuro-Defense Concepts

Stability Intervention Tactics

Base of Support Planar Challenges

Vibration Reaction Challenges

Scapular, Midline and Knee Zones


Hour Five

Fascial Chain Rolling System (Ch 14)

Fascial Chain Anatomy

Skin and Fascial Interface and Its effects on movement

How to Screen Fascial Chains

Posterior Chain, Screen, Techniques, Re-Screen

Lateral Chain, Screen, Techniques, Re-Screen

Functional Chain, Screen, Techniques, Re-Screen

Arm Chain, Screen, Techniques, Re-Screen


Hour Six

Integrated Movement Strategies (Ch 15)

Integrated Rolling with Vibration

Literature Review on Performance and Foam Rolling

Performance Indicators, Strength, Flexibility, Sprint, Jump

Mobility Stack Techniques and lab experience, with instructor feedback

Stability Stack Techniques and lab experience, with instructor feedback

Performance Stack Techniques and lab experience, with instructor feedback

Corrective Tactics

Base of Support Tactics, Reaction and Balance Tactics, Functional Performance



Meghan Helwig DPTMeghan Helwig DPT

Dr. Meghan Helwig graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Rutgers University. A native of Morris County, NJ, Dr. Helwig earned a finance degree from Villanova University where she was the starting goalie for 4 years for the Div. I Big East Field Hockey Team. An athlete her entire life Dr. Helwig has a competitive mindset and understands the demands sport and life place on the body. She has numerous “tools in her toolbox” and has combined concepts and techniques such as ART, SFMA, NKT, DNS, TPI, Rocktape IASTM/Blades, Kinesiology Taping, and cupping to create her own unique system for assessment and intervention. She utilizes these tools and techniques to assess and treat her patients as a whole while uncovering the underlying “WHY” behind her patients' symptoms.