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Build Your Agenda

Ready to learn new hands-on skills or deepen your level of expertise? This year at Align Conference, you can Choose Your Own Track! We’ve set up the weekend to include opportunities to attend three of six lab options available.

Here’s How It Works

  • Check out our Highlight Blog Hands-On Lab Sessions at Align Conference to learn about the six lab options available. All labs run concurrently and will be offered during each of the lab timeslots (Friday 8am – 12pm, Friday 1:30pm – 5:30pm, and Sunday 8am – 12pm). On Saturday we’ll all be together for the Panel Discussions and Keynote Sessions.
  • Decide which labs are best for you and your patients and which time slot you would like to attend each lab.
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  • If there is still space in the lab at the time slot you want, select your lab choices from the drop-down menus on the registration form. If a time slot is booked for a certain lab, be sure to check the other time slots and adjust accordingly.
  • Complete your registration!


You may also decide to not attend the lab experiences. This is considered a Saturday only registration and includes access to keynote and panel lectures focused on pain science, spinal rehab, musculoskeletal disorders and the cervical spine.



Hands-On Lab Sessions at Align Conference

The best part of being back in person for this year’s Align Conference (besides seeing everyone!) is offering hands-on lab sessions. You’ll have three opportunities throughout the weekend to attend labs from a variety of topics to sharpen your hands-on skills. Lab sessions have limited space, so register early to have a better chance of getting into your first choices.


Align Conference Lab Schedule

  • Friday, August 26 – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 26 – 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday August 28 – 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.


Align Conference Lab Session Descriptions

Cervical Thoracic Thrust Joint Manipulation
Instructor: Louie Puentedura, PT, DPT, PHD, OCS, FAAOMPT, CSMT, TPS

This 4–hour lab session will focus on the safe and effective use of thrust joint manipulation in the treatment of people with upper back pain, neck pain and headaches.


The Right Tool for the Right Job:  Targeted Techniques for Testing and Treating People with Pain
Instructors: Steve Schmidt, PT, M.Physio, OCS, FAAOMPT and Kory Zimney, PT, DPT, PhD

In this lab session, participants will learn to test and treat a sensitive peripheral nervous system via neurodynamic techniques, as well as a sensitized central nervous system via graded motor imagery.


Finding Functional Dry Needling®
Instructor: Edo Zylstra, PT, DPT, OCS

This session is an introductory session to Functional Dry Needling®. What is it? Who needs it? Why? Finding Functional Dry Needling® (FDN) introduces participants to tools which can elevate their practice to a new level of patient care. We will discuss safety and precaution, clinical application, and history of dry needling. This lab will demonstrate various dry needling techniques, and why you should explore FDN.


Current Concepts in Functional Dry Needling®

In this session we will explore the addition of electrical stimulation to dry needling treatments to really power-up your effectiveness. During this time, we will explore current trends in FDN diagnosis and treatment, needling techniques, and education in contraindications, precautions, and possible complications of dry needling. This is an advanced lab for those with experience and prior coursework in dry needling.


Clinical Reasoning and Examination of the Cervical Spine
Instructor: Mark Jones, PT, Sr. Lecturer at UniSA

The purpose of physiotherapy examination and analysis is to understand the person, their context, and their clinical problems to guide evidence-informed practice. Since clinical reasoning is only as good as the data or information on which it is based, it is important our physical examination is both thorough and accurate. This 4-hour breakout session will focus on select cervical spine physical examination and treatment skills linked to clinical reasoning regarding problem classification, precautions, judging significance, treatment selection and progression.


Shoulder Examination Techniques: Emphasis on Special Testing and Upper Extremity Functional Testing
Instructor: Rob Manske, PT, DPT, MPT, MEd, SCS, ATC, CSCS

This session will include a brief discussion of special testing procedures and functional testing methods for the upper extremities. The discussion will be followed by an extensive lab session on an upper extremity special testing algorithm along with an upper extremity functional testing sequence that will help determine a patient’s ability to return to higher level functional activities. After the tests, Rob Manske will present case studies that will help solidify the information and help you apply the upper extremity tests in your clinic.


Move Well and OPTIMIZE Always
Instructors: Teresa Schumann, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS, SCS; Heidi Moyer, PT, DPT, CEEAA, GCS; Jenn Stone, PT, DPT, OCS, PHC

The power of a person comes not from without, but from within. The core is an often-overlooked component when managing lower extremity dysfunction or providing performance optimization but is the foundation on which the legs function. This inter-regional dependence model is used with athletes and individuals with symptomatic pathologies but is rarely integrated into practice beyond these two dichotomies. This 4-hour session will address essential screening, management, and performance optimization for athletes across the life span, incorporation strategies that are appropriate for all ages.  Multiple lab stations related to topics essential for evidence-informed practice will be incorporated, allowing learners to “choose their own adventure” though these stations include screening via the Senior Athlete Fitness Examination, the LE FMS, SFMA; movement analysis of the hip hinge and squat, rolling, and floor transfers; and interventions including high intensity interval training, strength training, and plyometrics. Each station will focus on a different element of clinical management and encourage clinicians to treat every patient like an athlete to optimize their quality of life and enhance their clinical outcomes. Participants will learn to incorporate a whole person, motor control-based approach to optimizing movement for sport and life with patients across the life span.


We can’t wait to get back to hands-on learning with you! Register early for the best price and to secure a spot in your first-choice lab sessions.



Join Us in Dallas for the 2022 Align Conference

Evidence In Motion is excited to be back in person, for hands-on learning for the 2022 Align Conference! The integrated conference experience features hands-on lab sessions in a variety of topics, engaging keynote speakers from around the country, and a number of opportunities to socialize and have fun with your fellow PTs and other health care professionals.


Here’s a look at some of the conference highlights:

  • Build your own track by choosing three hands-on lab sessions from a variety of topics, including dry needling, pain science, manual therapy, sports medicine and more
  • Keynote speakers and panel discussions to share the latest research and practice guidelines
  • Attend the Friday night dinner and reception featuring former NFL player and current DPT, David Bruton
  • Opportunities to move and network including a welcome reception, yoga, coffee house panel, product demos and more
  • Take in the sights, sounds and tastes of Dallas, Texas from the heart of the Dallas Arts District


Make your plans now to join us August 26-28, 2022. Registration is open, and you can take advantage of early bird pricing until July 1, 2022. Save your seat today.




Travel & Lodging

We’re excited for Align Conference 2022 to be back in person at the beautiful Fairmont Dallas. The Fairmont is in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, surrounded by top-notch restaurants and entertainment venues to elevate your conference weekend to the next level.


Get There

If you’re traveling from out-of-state, flying into either of Dallas’s airports is the way to go. Depending on your airline, you may fly into Dallas Love Field (DAL) or Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

Both airports offer a variety of rental car options, shuttle vans, and allow app-based ride services.

Valet service (complimentary for one vehicle per room) and self-park options are available at Fairmont Dallas



Fairmont Dallas: 1717 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201

Stay on-site and take advantage of our conference rate! Book a room in our limited room block before August 17: BOOK NOW

Dallas is also host to a variety of boutique hotels and home share services such as Airbnb and VRBO.



Fairmont Dallas is in the walkable hub of the Dallas Arts District. Not only will you be able to take in the sights and sounds of a truly unique side of Dallas, but you’ll also have access to world-renowned restaurants and bars, award-winning museums, and multiple performing arts venues to explore during evenings and downtime. Learn more at