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Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Module 3: The Gut-Brain-Body Axis - Achieving Better Neuromuscular Outcomes through Nutrition

Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Module 3: The Gut-Brain-Body Axis - Achieving Better Neuromuscular Outcomes through Nutrition

Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Module 3: The Gut-Brain-Body Axis - Achieving Better Neuromuscular Outcomes through Nutrition

This course includes
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Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion

Welcome to Module 3 of the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certificate

The Gut-Brain-Body Axis - Achieving Better Neuromuscular Outcomes through Nutrition 


Overview of the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certificate: 

Do your patients suffer from comorbidities and make lifestyle choices that are complicating or hindering progress in therapy? 

Are you feeling burned out or compassion fatigue from not getting the results you want? 

Would you like to learn how lifestyle choices impact your therapy outcomes and how you can influence behavior change to improve them?

This 24-hour certificate program will change your practice. It will:

  • Increase your effectiveness as a therapist and improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.
  • Give you a comprehensive skillset to use Integrative Lifestyle Medicine in practice. 
  • Lower burden of care on you as the practitioner and empower the patient to be a partner in their healthcare. 
  • Help you determine root causes of disease, pain, and disability which helps patients heal faster and with long-lasting results. 
  • Tackle persistent pain and complex comorbidities that are hindering your therapy outcomes.

In Module 3, you will learn:

  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. 


Who is this Course for?

Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, and related professions

Please note: You can choose to take each module separately or purchase the entire course track. 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 an active clinician, author, teacher, and longtime advocate for improving access to physical therapy services. She is the CEO of Living Well Institute which she founded in 2000 to teach therapists how to integrate Yoga and Lifestyle Medicine practices into clinical and health promotion practice. Board certified in Lifestyle Medicine (DipACLM) and a certified Professional Yoga Therapist (PYT), Ginger has spent 26 years designing best-evidence yoga-based physical therapy programs. Her private practice, EudeMOMia®, located in Greensboro NC, offers a unique model of virtual services and in-person care. Ginger is the author of Medical Therapeutic Yoga, slated for 4 foreign translations and currently published in English and Italian. As an international speaker and educator, she has presented at over 20 conferences worldwide and has taught in 6 continents across a range of topics impacting the pelvic girdle. Ginger is an active member of APTA, serving as the Legislative Chair for APTA NC Chapter.

Ginger lives in Greensboro, NC with her partner, 3 sons, and their rescue pup, Scout Finch. Visit Ginger at and

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
  • Describing the Gut-Brain-Body Axis
  • 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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