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Course Description

As with any of the BOT Portal courses taught by Michelle, Michelle seeks to communicate the aspects of the trunk, pelvis, posture, and balance that relate to clinical occupational therapy practice. The core structures of our body absorb the force that is generated by movement from our arms and legs. As an occupational therapy practitioner, we must understand the part that these structures play in occupational performance and then how we can serve our patients in their desire to maximize their occupational engagement. Take this course for a refresh of main concepts surrounding the spine and vertebral column, pelvis, balance, and stability.

Course Author

Michelle Eliason, MS, OTR/L, CKTS, CDS

Michelle Eliason, MS, OTR/L, CKTS, CDS

Course Author

Michelle has experience in numerous areas of the medical model. Her career has given her insight as a professor, manager, practitioner, contractor, per diem clinician, service agent, and business owner. She can be contacted with questions and comments at her e-mail address: [email protected]

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! Trunk, pelvis, posture, balance, and stability are all core components of occupational performance. As an analyst of occupation, you know that you can’t perform any effective treatment continuum without first developing all of these structures.

This course has been created to help you begin your journey to remediating and restoring proximal support so that your patient can participate in any occupation they desire without worrying of instability and weakness impacting performance. This information has changed the way every BOT practitioner approaches treatments and has yielded great outcomes.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy!

Course Lessons

  • Introduction to Trunk, Pelvis, Posture, and Balance
  • The Vertebral Column
  • The Pelvis
  • PostureBalance vs. Stability
  • Common Problems of Trunk, Pelvis, Posture, Balance, and Stability

Course Objectives

The learner will identify crucial features of the vertebral column and its role in the occupational therapy process.

The learner will understand and identify the four functional movements of the pelvis.

The learner will understand the difference between posture, balance, and stability.

Course Information

AOTA CEUs/Contact Hours: 1.6 Contact Hours / .16 CEUs

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)


  • $249.00 or included in the THRIVE monthly membership package

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 proximal structures as it applies to day-to-day treatments. This course offers a clinical mindset on this top area that you may not get in core academic programs. 


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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Miscellaneous Course Information

Course Outline

Lesson One : Introduction to Trunk, Pelvis, and Posture and Balance

Lecture 1: Brief introduction to the trunk, pelvis, posture, and balance

Lesson Two: The Spine Overview

Lecture 1: Overview of the spine and pelvis

Lesson 3: The Vertebral Column

Lecture 1: Review of the ‘Overview of the spine’ with some functional application 

Lecture 2: Purpose of Vertebral Column, the ribcage, and ligaments

Lecture 3: Brief activity analysis of construction workers

Lesson 4: The Pelvis

Lecture 1 : The pelvic girdle and its impact on balance

Lecture 2 : Pelvic Mobility

Lesson 5: Balance

Lecture 1 : Balance vs Stability [Not interchangeable]

Lecture 2 : Address Posture in a continuum

Lesson 6: Posture

Lecture 1 : 6 Principles of Stability

Lecture 2 : General Postural Analysis

Lecture 3: Cervical Postural Dysfunction

Lecture 4 : Neck exercises for alignment

Lecture 5: Postural Intervention Continuums

Financial Disclosures

Buffalo Occupational Therapy stands to benefit financially from courses materials and additional materials referenced throughout the course in the form of treatment videos, memberships, PDFs, and other resources.

Buffalo Occupational Therapy has compiled supplement resources by way of a manual that has been sufficiently cited and a unique compilation of workbook pages used to better understand course materials. Because this is considered “for education only”, it has not been included in the cost of this program.

All educational resources are created to further the occupational therapy profession in our mission to help produce competent and confident clinical providers.

Buffalo Occupational Therapy and speakers do not stand to benefit financially from any textbooks or course materials authored by others that are mentioned throughout the course. As evidence-based and research-driven professionals, we have accumulated many great resources from other authors in the medical profession and freely promote these materials as separate purchases to aid in your wealth of knowledge throughout your career.

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.

Please download and print the following course materials for your reference throughout the course.

Trunk, Pelvis, Posture, and Balance in OT