The Janda System of Evaluation and Treatment of Muscle Imbalance


This course is approved for the following CECs/CEUs:

ACSM 20.0 BCRPA 0.0     BOC Category A 7.50
CPTN 7.0 HFPA 20.0     ISSA 18.0
NAFC 2.0 NASM 1.9     NETA 20.0
NFPT 2.0 PTAG 20.0     SFA 2.0
WITS 18.0 YMCA 20.0


Virginia Board of Physical Therapy 7.5 (Type 1) –-Please check with your state board for approval as most physical therapy boards will reciprocate approval for continuing education.

The American Academy of Health and Fitness (BOC AP#: P3645) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 7.50 Category A hours/CEUs.


The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that “American Academy of Health and Fitness” meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from December 2017 – December 2020.  Providership # 817430


Pricing and Format Options For This Program:

Electronic Format with HK eBook : $269.00
Buy your own textbook: $199.00

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The Janda System of Evaluation and Treatment of Muscle Imbalance course blends postural techniques, neurology, and functional capabilities in order to alleviate chronic musculoskeletal pain and promote greater functionality. Developed by Vladimir Janda, respected neurologist and physiotherapist, the Janda approach presents a unique perspective to rehabilitation. In contrast to a more traditional structural view, the Janda approach is functional—emphasizing the importance of the sensorimotor system in controlling movement and chronic musculoskeletal pain syndromes from sports and general activities. 

This continuing education home study course is based on the textbook Assessment and Treatment of Muscle Imbalance: The Janda Approach, which is the only text to offer practical, evidence-based application of Janda’s theories. The step-by-step Janda system of evaluation is explained—including analysis of posture, balance, and gait; evaluation of movement patterns; testing of muscle length; and assessment of the soft tissue. The program explores treatment options for muscle imbalance through facilitation and inhibition techniques and sensorimotor training to restore neuromucular function. This course combines theory, evidence, and applications to assist health care providers in treating patients with musculoskeletal complaints as well as health, fitness and exercise professionals in developing appropriate exercise prescription and training programs.

Certified health and fitness professionals holding more than one certification may obtain CECs/CEUS for all approved certification organizations (see list above) for which they need continuing education at no additional cost.

Course Objectives

1. Distinguish between the structural and functional approaches to muscle imbalance.

2. Explain the structure and function of the sensorimotor system.

3. Identify the articular, muscular, and fascial chains and their role in functional movement.

4. Explain the pathology of musculoskeletal pain, weakness, and imbalance.

5. Describe the processes used for the functional evaluation and analyses of posture, balance, and gait.

6. Identify Janda’s six basic movement patterns and corresponding evaluation tests.

7. Explain the purpose and technique used for muscle length testing.

8. Explain the purpose and process of soft-tissue assessment and the characteristics of trigger points.

9. Discuss why peripheral structures are treated and techniques for bringing about peripheral changes.

10. Identify factors leading to muscle weakness and the recommended Janda treatments.

11. Describe sensorimotor training and its role in Janda’s treatment.

12. Discuss the pathology, assessment, and recommended treatment for cervical pain syndromes.

13. Discuss the pathology, assessment, and recommended treatment for upper-extremity pain syndromes.

14. Discuss the pathology, assessment, and recommended treatment for lumbar pain syndromes.

15. Discuss the pathology, assessment, and recommended treatment for lower-extremity pain syndromes.

Course Materials

Electronic Format – The Janda System of Evaluation and Treatment of Muscle Imbalance certificate package with online test includes the eBook version of the 312-page Assessment and Treatment of Muscle Imbalance by Phillip Page, Clare Frank and Robert Lardner and a 112-page workbook provided in PDF format. Instructions for completing the multiple-choice online test and obtaining CECs are also included in PDF format. Note: This course package is made available for immediate access and download after purchase. All materials for this electronic format course are available electronically.
Nothing is mailed.

Table of Contents

Part I. The Scientific Basis of Muscle Imbalance
Chapter 1. Structural and Functional Approaches to Muscle Imbalance
Chapter 2. The Sensorimotor System
Chapter 3. Chain Reactions
Chapter 4. Pathomechanics of Musculoskeletal Pain and Muscle Imbalance

Part II. Functional Evaluation of Muscle Imbalance
Chapter 5. Posture, Balance, and Gait Analysis
Chapter 6. Evaluation of Movement Patterns
Chapter 7. Muscle Length Testing
Chapter 8. Soft-Tissue Assessment

Part III. Treatment of Muscle Imbalance Syndromes
Chapter 9. Normalization of Peripheral Structures
Chapter 10. Restoration of Muscle Balance
Chapter 11. Sensorimotor Training

Part IV. Clinical Syndromes
Chapter 12. Cervical Pain Syndromes
Chapter 13. Upper-Extremity Pain Syndromes
Chapter 14. Lumbar Pain Syndromes
Chapter 15. Lower-Extremity Pain Syndromes

Return Policy

If you’re not completely satisfied with your prepaid purchase, contact AAHF at 800.957.7348 to discuss a return. The return must be within 30 days of the date of receipt of your shipment. Study materials and educational resources must be received in original condition. All return shipments must be sent via USPS Priority Mail for tracking purposes to 7205 Sampal Place, Springfield, Virginia 22152. Upon receipt of the returned materials, the American Academy of Health and Fitness (AAHF) will refund full credit, excluding shipping/handling. Credit will be applied to the appropriate credit card via PayPal. We do not accept returns on online products, e-books, videos, CD/DVD-ROMs, and DVDs.

The American Academy of Health and Fitness reserves the right to discontinue the sale and/or support of any of its continuing education courses. Notification of such will be given six months prior to discontinuance to allow for course completion and testing. No refund will be given for courses that are discontinued.

Additional Information

Different professional organizations offer continuing education credits, most commonly called CECs (continuing education credits) and CEUs (continuing education units). Most CECs/CEUs require one contact hour of professional activity for one credit. Example conversions are: ACE, NSCA and NASM: 0.1 = 1.0 contact hour; ACSM, BOC, ISSA, WITS and YMCA: 1.0 = 1.0 contact hour.


First NameEnter the certification organization(s) for which you are seeking credits: How would you rate this educational activity overall? The program met my expectations. The quality of materials and program design met my expectations.The information received was useful and beneficial.What did you like the most about this program?General Comments:
Milani D Pickering
Strongly Agree
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The dynamics of the CNS explanations and how Janda's methods often times proved conventional medicine wrong with its different approaches to rehab through its functional aspect.
Overall happy I chose this course. It was more or less what I was looking for.
Strongly Agree
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Evaluations prior to new system

Submission DateFirst NameLast NameEnter the certification organization(s) for which you are seeking credits:Promotional materials were accurate and complete.Administrative instructions were complete and understandable.The course content met my expectations.How will you apply the content of this course to your work?What recommendations and/or general comments do you have?How did you hear about this course?Would you recommend this course to a friend?
2018-04-15 12:29:07DanFerratoCompanyStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeI will use a lot of these tools to help evalute potential clients as well as my current clientel baseNothinggoogleYes
2018-02-20 19:08:37SHARONWorthamNASM, ISSAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeI will use the info I learned for assessing new and current clients.This was a comprehensive and well laid-out course. It was very succinct, easy to study for and very useful in day-to-day client programming.AAHF websiteYes
2017-12-30 17:01:09shellycoffmanNSCA, OR PTStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly Agreedaily application in work as a PT correcting movement patternsGreat integration of concepts and research referencesNSCAYes
2017-12-29 12:29:18KevinTruittNSCAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly Agreen/an/aNSCA websiteYes
2017-12-28 11:18:26IanDavisCertified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) - re-certificationAgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeIncorporate information into teachingThe instructions i received stated a 1 hour 60 question exam which was not accurate.NSCA websiteYes
2017-12-24 14:51:45AceAdamsonNSCA-CSCSStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeThis system can be used to broaden my assessment and treatment techniques as a Physical Therapist.NoneNSCAYes
2017-12-16 12:27:37chadBrigockasNSCAStrongly AgreeAgreeStrongly AgreeTraining and acupunctureYes
2017-12-15 19:49:57RossChildsNSCAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeI am a physical therapist so understanding movement dysfunction is vital to my professionIt would be easier to read the book on adobe reader instead of digital editions. I would like to be able to save the PDF and with digital editions, i am unable to. NSCA websitesYes
2017-12-12 23:13:42SaulLunaNSCA, NATAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeBetter understanding of tonic and phasic muscles and their role in dysfunctionThis was a great course. Id like more study with regard to identifying tonic/phasic musclesInternetYes
2017-12-10 11:29:03MelindaCarreonNSCANo
2017-11-29 14:04:26NASM, ISSAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeYes
2017-11-27 07:24:25NSCAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeWith the clients I trainNSCAYes
2017-11-25 17:04:02NSCAAgreeAgreeAgreeYes
2017-11-23 20:28:46CSCSStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeYes
2017-11-17 19:50:22BCRPAStrongly AgreeAgreeStrongly AgreeThis was an amazing course! It was challenging but I was able to understanding the material. I am looking forward to providing my clients with a higher quality of service and helping those with muscle imbalances live a pain free life!online via InfoFit (Vancouver)Yes
2017-11-12 20:25:38NATA, NSCAAgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeIt will help me in my evaluation of the student-athletes I work with. It also helps validate what I do with using the Functional Movement Systems material.It was a great course and very helpful in validating the way I go about my evals on student-athletes.MailingYes
2017-10-31 11:02:33WITSStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeRenew my WITS and ACE certifications. Most of my personal training clients have challenges and I hope to use this information to improve their lives.AAHF websiteYes
2017-10-11 15:24:17NASMAgreeAgreeAgreei am familiar with SMT training but studying it this more in depth was incredibly educational for me.I would like at the end for them to have 'tied' the whole process up together
3 different case studies and the full eval with each component
different exercise examples and recommendations to improve and treat
from NASMYes
2017-10-04 08:31:20NSCAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeAssists in assessing and improving movement ability.Online at NSCAYes
2017-10-02 14:26:18NASMStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly Agreeevery day with each movement my students perform
2017-10-01 06:28:52NSCA-CSCSAgreeAgreeAgreeI will use it to identify some muscle imbalance issues that I feel some of my training clients have.Yes
2017-09-26 19:56:02NASMStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeI will be able to help my clients address muscle imbalances and painNASM websiteYes
2017-09-12 11:19:08NSCAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeI will use it in my daily business to further help and treat individualsAll information was to a high standardThrough the NSCAYes
2017-09-09 20:05:27NSCAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly Agreeuse it everydaynoneinternetYes
2017-09-03 20:45:30WITS, ACEAgreeAgreeAgreeYes
2017-07-31 11:39:52NSCAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeWill help me assess clients to hopefully correct issues.I thought it was comprehensive, and difficult, but good.NSCA- continuing educationYes
2017-07-03 16:52:52NSCA, ACSMStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly Agreeimproved assessment and treatment of clientscourse book was very good. I ended up purchasing the hard copy text as I found it easier and more convenient than using the downloaded text.Human Kinetics searchYes
2017-06-28 01:50:33BCRPAAgreeAgreeAgreeYes
2017-06-28 01:42:27BCRPAAgreeAgreeAgreeYes
2017-06-18 20:59:221977AgreeAgreeAgreeYes
2017-02-06 20:55:16ACE, NSCA-CPTAgreeAgreeAgreeI will be studying more in depth to help my clients and myself.NSCAYes
2017-01-19 11:52:31NSCA, ACEAgreeAgreeNeutralYes
2017-01-15 10:21:30NSCAAgreeAgreeAgreeThis course is much more extensive than the 2.0 CEU provided.No
2016-12-30 20:49:06NASM
2016-12-09 00:29:07NSCAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeAgreeYes
2016-10-15 15:41:26NSCA - CSCS CertifictationStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeVia patient physical examination, assessment, and plan of care desing.None.Via previous course taken.Yes
2016-09-29 07:22:32ACEStrongly AgreeAgreeAgreeI will use the additional knowledge to enhance exercise programs, particularly during assessment, and also for corrective exercise. I find it much easier to study using a real book, rather than an electronic version. It also makes for a more convenient reference. This is why I purchased the book, although it was an additional cost. I discovered the course through ACE's website.Yes
2016-08-29 15:50:38NASMAgreeAgreeAgreeuse concepts with rehab clientsNASMYes
2016-07-16 16:25:52NASMAgreeAgreeAgreeUse with my clientsa co workerYes
2016-06-30 01:08:48WITSAgreeAgreeAgreeWITS Continuing EducationYes
2016-06-23 01:58:56NASM
2016-06-16 10:12:22NSCA, BOCStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeBetter Assessment and Interventions for dysfunctionEasy to understand, Convenient, Powerful Content. This was a super course!OnlineYes
2016-05-25 13:14:36ACSMStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeYes
2016-05-01 16:28:26NCSAAgreeAgreeAgreemore detailed evaluationsthe course was fineNSCA websiteYes
2016-04-30 20:33:05nasmAgreeAgreeAgreeYes
2016-04-30 20:31:04nasm
2016-01-27 17:01:33NASM, ISSAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeTo help my personal training clients who are dealing with muscle imbalance challenges.Excellent course!Have previously taken other courses with AAHFYes
2015-12-31 14:10:08BOC/NATAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeYes
2015-12-31 00:54:51NATABOCAgreeAgreeAgree
2015-12-27 18:46:36BOCATCStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeI already use similar testing but this was very informative and I will use the corrective exercises discussed.Test was based more on straight fill in the blank and not as much conceptual questioning.Co-worker.Yes
2015-12-26 04:46:56BOC NATAAgreeAgreeAgreeYes
2015-12-02 13:30:09Mrs.AgreeAgreeAgreeonlineYes
2015-11-24 09:07:59ACE, ISSAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeAssessment tools for new personal training clients. Integration of stretching and muscle balance exercises into overall programmingPerhaps adding video demonstrations of the muscle length and movement analysis testsGoogle Search for Janda CoursesYes
2015-10-13 19:01:25NSCA - CSCSStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeAssessing imbalances with my athletes and working together with the Athletic Training Staff.Great.My boss.Yes
2015-08-22 07:46:34ISSAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly Agreeapplying all the assessment principles in order to create post-rehab exercise programs.I would maybe have payed more(not sure how much) to be able to do an interactive web based lab with the movement patterns. At least a web conference with a practionerGoogleYes
2015-08-01 20:57:53NCCPT personal trainingStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeYes
2015-07-18 18:41:39BCRPAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeYes
2015-06-16 20:12:18NASMStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeI have integrated the 3 phases of SMT into my practice and have replaced my previous screening methods with the ones provided.Either the study guide or test needs changing. While there are many more advanced concepts and terms in this course not dealt with in the exam I am not sure they are needed. However, I am able to write all 15 practice exams at 100%. Beyond that I understand and currently implement the teachings of this course, yet I was unable to pass my first attempt (77%). After restuding the guide and speed reading the entire text I acheived an 88% the second try. I feel that as some one who knows the base material WELL, 90% of the course terminology off by heart and as someone who is practicing its teachings that the examination had some questions that were a bit obscure (there is only brief mentioning of Panjabi's 3 subsytems and I fail to see the relevance of being able to cite him specifically for example) Anyhow, just my opinion for the betterment of your course. ACE CEC page of all places as I was looking for NASM credits. I was searching for a course of this nature and can honestly say that I got more then I could have anticipated. I believe a more modern website may help draw greater numbers to your organization as non of a very large population of colleagues has taken a certification through you (that I know)Yes
2015-05-31 21:53:39ACE and NASMAgreeAgreeAgreeYes
2015-04-20 20:39:34BCRPAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeYes
2015-04-09 17:28:59ACEAgreeAgreeAgreeYes
2015-01-20 03:06:34nasmStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly Agreewill apply it w all my assessmentsgreat course.Learned a lotbest friendYes
2015-01-20 03:04:31ISSAStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeStrongly AgreeI have already changed my fitness assessments to include various muscle imbalance screeningsNone, this course was thoroughI regularly review available online classesYes