Ep. 140- The Movement System – Understanding & Application with Dr. Shirley Sahrmann

Jun 06, 2024

You should treat the movement to get rid of the symptoms rather than treating the symptoms to be able to move.” Dr. Shirley Sahrmann

Our guest Dr. Shirley Sahrmann, PT, PhD, FAPTA. Dr. Sahrmann is a Professor Emerita of Physical Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri with over 60 years of experience.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy, masters and doctorate degrees in Neurobiology from Washington University.  She is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association and is a recipient of the Association's Marion Williams Research Award, the Lucy Blair Service Award, and the Kendall Practice award, the Inaugural John H.P. Maley Lecture and Mary McMillan Lecture awards.  Dr. Sahrmann has received Washington University's Distinguished Faculty Award, The Distinguished Alumni Award, the School of Medicine’s inaugural Distinguished Clinician Award and an honorary doctorate from the University of Indianapolis. She has also received the Bowling-Erhard Orthopedic Clinical Practice Award from the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA.  She has served on the APTA Board of Directors and as president of the Missouri Chapter. In addition to her numerous national and international presentations, Dr. Sahrmann has been a keynote speaker at the World Confederation of Physical Therapy, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Japan, and Danish national congresses.

Dr. Sahrmann’s research interests are in development and validation of classification schemes for movement impairment syndromes as well as in interventions for these syndromes.  Her books, Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes and Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Cervical and Thoracic Spines and the Extremities, describe the syndromes and methods of treatment.


📚You will learn about:

  • What the Movement System Impairment (MSI) syndromes are
  • How to connect poor alignment and movement patterns with pain and injury
  • Movement System Impairment examination and treatment
  • How defining our diagnostic labels will help establish our movement expertise as a profession

🔎 Dr. Sahrmann’s resources of information:⁠⁠ ⁠⁠

  • Book: Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes by Shirley Sahrmann
  • Book: Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Cervical and Thoracic Spines and the Extremities By Shirley Sahrmann
  • Linda Van Dillen, PT, PhD, FAPTA’s Research

📲 Dr. Sahrmann’s contact information:

 Email: [email protected]

Social Media: 

Instagram @learnmovementsystem

Facebook @learnmovementsystem

Twitter @learnmvmtsystem

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