Connective Tissue Mobilization for Pediatric Therapists

Course Description:

Research and clinical evidence suggest that connective tissue changes may contribute to postural malalignment and movement dysfunction in children. This course is designed to introduce pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapists to the scientific rationale for basic practices of connective tissue mobilization. Through structural alignment observation, and hands on practicums, participants will gain the ability to identify and treat connective tissue restrictions resulting in structural misalignments, which interfere with efficient functional movement. Participants will learn approaches to neuromuscular re-education to improve muscular control and coordination. Treatments specific to children with neuromotor impairment, musculoskeletal injury, post-surgical scars, and torticollis will be explored. Case examples will be presented.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify structural misalignments in static sitting and standing posture.
  • Demonstrate the ability to assess the mobility of various layers of connective tissue.
  • Identify deviations from typical connective tissue mobility.
  • Identify contraindications and precautions for use of connective tissue mobilization.
  • Utilize soft tissue mobilization techniques to treat and restore typical soft tissue mobility in a variety of patient populations.
  • Identify deviations from typical neuromuscular recruitment patterns.
  • Demonstrate the use of neuromuscular re-education to correct and restore efficient functional movement.
  • Design safe and effective patient specific home carry over programs.


Lillian Green