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ILM Module 3 - The Gut-Brain-Body Axis

ILM Module 3 - The Gut-Brain-Body Axis

ILM Module 3 - The Gut-Brain-Body Axis

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Welcome to Module 3 of the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine (ILM) Certificate by Dr. Ginger Garner. Module 3 will explore the gut-brain-body axis and how we can achieve better neuromuscular outcomes through nutrition. 

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) affect the vast majority of our patient populations today. The World Health Organization reports that NCDs, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are the leading cause of mortality in the world.

The WHO has called on all health care providers to be on the frontlines of combatting this epidemic using “common, modifiable risk factors underlie the major NCDs, which include tobacco, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet, insufficient physical activity, overweight/obesity, raised blood pressure, raised blood sugar and raised cholesterol.” 

The first PT Summit on Global Health (Dean et al 2011) makes a clear statement supporting the inclusion of nutritional counseling and integrative practices like mindfulness and yoga in physical therapy care.

“In the 21st century, PT’s need to initiate and/or support one or more of the following health behavior in their patients: smoking cessation, optimizing nutrition, controlling weight, prescribing regular activity and exercise, optimizing sleep health, and reducing undue stress.”

With poor diet, lack of exercise, and stress (all of which contribute to systemic inflammation and subsequent poor rehabilitation and health promotion outcomes) as the chief risk factors for NCD’s in the US, conditions like osteoarthritis and joint pain have been all too common, the product of a modern dishealth phenomenon. 


Learning Objectives

In Module 3 of the ILM Certificate you will:

  1. List the impacts of the gut-brain-body axis on musculoskeletal and neuromuscular outcomes.
  2. Describe the scope of practice in nutritional counseling and intervention for physical therapy. 
  3. Discuss limitations in current dietary guidelines. 
  4. List common overconsumed and underconsumed macro- and micronutrients. 
  5. Evaluate basic methods for nutritional assessment, intervention, and counseling. 
  6. Consider the impact of social contagion on lifestyle choices and patient adherence.
  7. Discuss the epigenetics of nutrition. 
  8. Describe the neuroscience of manual therapy in impacting HPA Axis regulation. 
  9. Know when to refer. 



The Integrative Lifestyle Medicine (ILM) Certificate is for physiotherapists/physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, and related professions.


About The Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certificate

You can choose to purchase individual modules or purchase the entire course track. When you click 'Buy Course' you will be given the option to purchase all 6 courses at a discount.

It is recommended to take all modules of the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine certificate in the order they are laid out in the course track.

It is required to take all modules to receive your certificate and you are only eligible to receive CEUs if you take all modules. CEUs are not awarded for individual modules, but rather for completing the entire course certificate.

You can view the entire certificate program by clicking here.

The instructors
Dr. Ginger Garner

Dr. Ginger Garner PT, DPT, ATC/L is a clinician, author, educator, and longtime advocate for improving access to physical therapy services, especially pelvic health.

She is the founder and CEO of Living Well Institute, which has been training and certifying healthcare providers in Integrative Medical Therapeutic Yoga & Lifestyle Medicine since 2000. She also owns Garner Pelvic Health in Greensboro NC, which offers digital and in-person care.

Ginger is the author of multiple books and book chapters, published in several languages. She has presented at over 20 conferences worldwide and has reached an audience across 6 continents, teaching on a range of topics impacting the pelvic girdle, respiratory diaphragm, and the voice (which she calls the 3D or Three Diaphragm approach).

Ginger is an active member of APTA, serving as the Legislative Chair for APTA North Carolina, a Congressional Key Contact for APTA Private Practice, and in the Academy of Pelvic Health on the Prenatal and 4th Trimester Task Force. Ginger lives in Greensboro, NC and is a mom of four – three sons and the family rescue Lab, Scout Finch. Visit Ginger at the links above, on Instagram and YouTube.

Course Material included in this course
  • Module 3.1
  • Handouts
  • Overview of Module 3: The Gut-Brain-Body Axis: Achieving Better Neuromuscular Outcomes through Nutrition
  • What to Do About Gut "Dis"ease
  • Nutrition Scope and Comorbidities
  • Evidence for the Involvement of PTs
  • Disease Prevention
  • Scope of Practice
  • Feedback
  • Module 3.2
  • Handouts
  • American Dietary Guidelines
  • Population Health Trends
  • Nutritional Assessment
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Nutritional Foundations
  • GMOs
  • Feedback
  • Module 3.3
  • Handouts
  • Pathogenesis
  • Diabetes Prevention
  • Social Contagion
  • Plant-Based Diet Impact
  • Polypharmacy
  • Epigenetics and Gut Dysbiosis
  • Feedback
  • Module 3.4
  • Handouts
  • Tackling Premature Aging
  • Increasing Fiber Intake
  • Hip Axis Dysregulation
  • Yoga & The Gut Microbiome
  • Health Through Nutrition
  • Nutrition Screening
  • Feedback
  • Module 3.5
  • Handouts
  • Guidelines to Practice Pt1
  • Guidelines to Practice Pt2
  • When to Refer
  • GI Pathophysiology
  • Systemic Inflammation
  • Food Types and Micronutrients
  • MTY & Lifestyle Medicine RX
  • Feedback
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