Shirley Sahrmann PT, PhD, FAPTA



That to me, is what is so exciting to us as physical therapists.  Because we’re the people that can treat cause rather than consequence.  We’re the people that can help take away the cause rather than treat the symptoms.

– Shirley Sahrmann


I think anything that changes a pattern makes people better.

– Shirley Sahrmann



Welcome back to the podcasts!  This episode features Shirley Sahrmann.  Many of you likely know of Shirley from her research, teachings with Washington University in St. Louis, or her texts for Movement System Impairment Syndromes.  I wanted to speak with Shirley to gain a better perspective on her background and thoughts regarding her point of view.  I’ve noticed more in more in my own practice how much the neuromuscular system and create illusions of mechanical dysfunctions, so had thought that maybe Shirley could provide perspective on that.  Fortunately, Shirley corrected me on my perceptions about what Movement System Impairment Syndromes are.  I’d certainly love to speak with Shirley again about these topics, and more.  Please enjoy and let us know your thoughts!



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It’s the adaptations in the periphery that bias the activation in the nervous system.

– Shirley Sahrmann


Having your hands on people is an essential part of the examination and the treatment of the patient.

– Shirley Sahrman


Links of interest:

Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Impairment Syndromes

Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Extremities, Cervical and Thoracic Spines

Washington University in St. Louis MSI Resources

One Comment on “Shirley Sahrmann PT, PhD, FAPTA

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