This course is the Pain-Free Movement Specialist (PFMS) course constructed by Anthony Carey, author of best-selling book The Pain Free Program: A Proven Method to Relieve Back, Neck, Shoulders and Joint Pain, and Kevin Murray, founder of Movement Masterminds

This specialist program is designed for experienced health and fitness professionals who want to help people eliminate pain and improve function, health and wellness. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of both corrective exercise and the rapport-building skills needed to work with clients in pain. Ultimately, you will be able to empower clients to better understand their pain and provide them with the tools they need to improve their quality of life.

About PFMS

The Pain-Free Movement Specialist curriculum is the culmination of 20 years of using the Function First Approach to help those in pain to feel better, move better and live more productive lives doing the things they enjoy.

This course design is based on strategic sequencing that progressively ascends to reduce the threat to the nervous system and encourages compliance by the neuromusculoskeletal system. Clients are progressively exposed to more challenging movement patterns over the course of weeks and months. This is matched with the psychological and emotional readiness of the client.

Course aims and objectives

  • To understand the interdependencies of the body as it functions as a whole
  • To understand how to implement corrective exercise
  • To be competent in delivering PFMS exercises with progressions and regressions
  • To understand how the PFMS course helps people eliminate their pain and improve their level of function healing and wellness

Author bio

Anthony Carey MA, CSCS, CES holds a Master’s in biomechanics and athletic training and invented Reactive Training and the Core-Tex™. An expert in biomechanics, corrective exercise, functional anatomy and motor control, he was Personal Fitness Professional Magazine’s 2009 Personal Trainer of the Year and has authored The Pain Free Program: A Proven Method to Relieve Back, Neck, Shoulders and Joint Pain and Relationship and Referrals: A Personal Trainer’s Guide to Doing Business with the Medical Community.

Kevin Murray MA, CCC, CAFS holds a Master’s in counselling psychology and is the founder of Movement Masterminds, director of education for Function First, creator of the Yellow Brick Road and co-creator of the Pain-Free Movement Specialist certification. Kevin has featured in publications including Fitness Informer magazine, the American Council on Exercise, the National Post and the Vancouver Sun. In 2012, he was the inaugural recipient of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology’s (CSEP) Certified Personal Trainer of the Year Award.