The shoulder girdle is a complex system of bones ligaments, muscle and nerves all working together to perform a certain function. After taking the knowledge learned in “Balancing Hips and Torso” to create a stable foundation for the shoulders to balance on.

The therapist will learn how to approach the shoulder from a holistic view to better understand the mechanics of the shoulder and the arm and how they work together and with the rest of the body. In this class the therapist will cover kinesiology, assessment, treatment and pathology in order to better understand the shoulder complex and how it functions. This course will teach the therapist tools that will help them create treatment plans to help clients and athletes of all abilities and backgrounds.

Kinesiology - Understand the structure, muscle and movements of the shoulder and arm. In this portion the student will gain the knowledge of basic kinesiology to understand the function of the shoulder and arm.

Assessment - Building off of the kinesiology and using a combined assessment of range of motion, postural assessment and observation the student will learn how to assess the athlete to better understand which muscle to address during the session.

Treatment - Treatment covers soft tissue massage, fascial release, and joint mobilizations. Combining the kinesiology and assessment the therapist will be able to create a treatment designed specific for the athlete’s sport.

Pathology - Knowing when to treat and when not to treat is important. Also knowing when to refer out can be establish by understand the condition of the athlete and when, how, what and why to treat.