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Course Description:

This course will offer you an overview of the foundational principles of physiology and movement related to clinical practice. The principles and elements we will discuss in this unit are not exhaustive (which means there is so much more you can learn and know about the physiological makeup of your patient according to their diagnosis and rehabilitation process). However, the elements that have been chosen to be apart of this course have been chosen according to the information that is most applicable to typical execution of the occupational therapy process. Please keep that in mind.

A note from the course author:

Hello learner!

I am so thankful that you have purchased this course. I have put a lot of my passion, love, and years of experience into this micro-course and I hope it benefits you. Please know that I do not take your investment into your professional development lightly! I know you intentionally chose this course on functional anatomy for the occupational therapy practitioner because you feel you need a refresh of the ‘ground floor’, crucial components of activity analysis.

Please go into this course with an open mind. Understand where you are in activity analysis every step of the way. Consider examples of how you may apply this information to a patient/client. Knowing anatomy and kinesiology are crucial to success in this career as occupational scientists. As one of my very dear professional peers stated, “We all need to go in with our proverbial guns blazing, but that requires us to know our stuff!” That is what this course is all about. Knowing the body functions/systems component of activity analysis is critical to your success as an activity analyst.

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Course Information

Course Approval Code: 4861

This course addresses the following core elements of occupational science:

Fundamental elements of Occupational Therapy

Introduction to functions and systems related to Activity Analysis

Musculoskeletal System

Nervous System

Motor learning and neuro-recovery treatment interventions

Range of motion and manual muscle testing

Course Outline:

Lesson One : Fundamental Elements of OT

Lecture 1: Overview of Kinesiology, Models, and Philosophies of Movement

Lecture 2: External Forces and Layers of Skin

Lecture 3: A Note on the  Holistic and Multisystem  Lens

Lesson Two: Overview of MSK Systems

Lecture 1: Axial and Appendicular Skeloton & Planes of Movement

Lecture 2: Connective Tissue (1) 

Lecture 3: Connective Tissue (2) 

Lecture 4: Connective Tissue (3) 

Lecture 5: Tendons and Ligaments (1) 

Lecture 6: Tendons and Ligaments (2) 

Lecture 7: Overview of Scar Management and Scar Massage

Lecture 8: Overview of Inflammation Management  in OT

Lecture 9: Skeletal Muscles

Lecture 10: Neuromusculoskeletal Connection

Lecture 11: Muscle Fibers

Lecture 12: Muscle Contractions

Lecture 13: Levers, Kinetic Chains, and Joint Positions

Lecture 14: Force Couples and Muscle Roles

Lesson 3: Overview of Nervous Systems & Motor Learning and Neuro-recovery treatment approaches

Lecture 1: The Central Nervous System 

Lecture 2: Neuroplasticity

Lecture 3: Cerebral Cortex

Lecture 4: Frontal Lobe

Lecture 5: Lobes and Hemispheres

Lecture 6: The Peripheral Nervous System and Plexuses

Lecture 7: Neuromuscular Connection 

Lecture 8:  Levels of Movement and Upper Motor Neurons vs Lower Motor Neurons

Lecture 9: Overview of Motor Learning Principles

Lecture 10: Neurodevelopmental Video on Key Points of Control

Lecture 11: Brunnstrom’s Approach

Lesson 4: Range of Motion and Manual Muscle Testing

Lecture 1 : Range of Motion Screen

Lecture 2: Manual Muscle Screen

Lecture 3: Introduction to Goniometer and other OT tools 

Course Objectives:

Develop a working knowledge of how the Musculoskeletal System integrates with the neuromuscular system and how both are related to occupational therapy.

Develop and understand the principles of connective tissue in the human body and understand the importance of leveraging the OTPs knowledge of connective tissue during a plan of care.

Develop an understanding of kinetic chains, joint positions, and force couples in relation to body structures and functions with the OT lens.

AOTA CEUs/Contact Hours: 

6.0 Contact Hours / 1 CEU

Date and Course Completion Requirements:

The material will be accessible to you AT YOUR OWN PACE FOR 1 YEAR or the duration of your Thrive Membership (whichever is applicable). You must complete this course within that time period. You must complete all course objectives and applicable assessments.

Ask Questions:

This is an asynchronous learning platform. Submit questions via e-mail, receive answer via video/audio whichever is appropriate posted to website (FAQ page)


  •  $349.00

Level of Difficulty: Introductory 

Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information. 

Target Audience:

Occupational Therapy (OT/OTA) students and practitioners looking for additional instruction on introductory and foundational knowledge of the OT profession and how to use the OTPF-4 for confidence and clinical application. 


Asynchronous Online Learning Platform


Buffalo Occupational Therapy will be organizing and delivering the program, Michelle Eliason, MS, OTR/L, CKTS will be teaching!

Instructional Methods:

(1) Webinar (2) Powerpoint Slides  (7) Ability to ask questions throughout the year and have them be answered via audio or video on the FAQs page.


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Please download the following course PDF powerpoint slides for reference: 

Applying Activity Analysis to Body Functions and Body Systems