The Most Complete Online Shoulder Resource Available

18 hours of combined lecture and hands-on content, with accompanying presentation notes and over 300 references

Complete access to 13 Chapters and quizzes with 68 Modules, systematically organized to engage and enhance the learning experience.

This is What You'll Learn

A Complete, Front-to-Back Approach to The Shoulder

  • The current literature pertaining to the anatomy & function of the shoulder girdle

  • Pathologies, Injury Mechanisms, and Pathomechanisms

  • Evaluation & Management of the Shoulder in Clinical Practice

  • The rehab continuum - the fundamentals of rehabilitation and the application to the evaluation and management of the shoulder

  • Optimal Loading Strategies for the irritable, non-irritable, and degenerative patient presentations

  • Clinical Reasoning - diagnosis-based clinical decision making in a movement-based model of rehabilitation

  • How to best integrate manual therapy and rehabilitation into clinical practice to improve patient outcomes and restore function

  • How to differentiate between treating functional and structural pathology, and how to formulate a management strategy for both

  • The Developmental Model: Mobility, Stability and Movement Pattern Retraining

  • Principles of a Movement-Based Practitioner

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome to 'The Shoulder' Online Course

    • How to take this course

  • 2

    Chapter 1: Introduction

  • 3

    Chapter 2: Anatomy & Function of the Shoulder Complex

    • Anatomy & Function

    • Test your learning

  • 4

    Chapter 3: Shoulder Complex Kinematics

    • Shoulder Complex Kinematics

    • Test your learning

  • 5

    Chapter 4-5: Pathologies, Injury Mechanisms and Pathomechanics

    • Primary Impingement

    • Secondary Impingement & Rotator Cuff Related Shoulder Pain

    • Sub-Coracoid Impingement

    • Internal Impingement: Posterior Superior Glenoid Impingement

    • Four Categories of Biceps Tendon Pathology & Pulley Lesions

    • Internal Impingement: Anterior Superior Glenoid Impingement & The Story of a Misdiagnosis

    • Instability

    • Challenges in Diagnosis

    • Test Your Learning

  • 6

    Chapter 6: Putting it all together

    • Putting it all together

    • Test your learning

  • 7

    Chapter 7: Evaluation of the Shoulder in Clinical Practice

  • 8

    Chapter 8-12: Management of the Shoulder in Clinical Practice

    • Course Notes : Chapter 8-14

    • Management of the Shoulder in Clinical Practice

    • Clinical Presentation: Irritable

    • Clinical Presentation: Non-Irritable + Functional Competence, Movement & Motor Control

    • Test your learning

  • 9

    Chapter 13: Moving Differently in Pain

    • Moving Differently in Pain

    • Test your learning

  • 10

    Chapter 14: Clinical Presentation: Degenerative & Principles of a Movement-Based Practitioner

    • Clinical Presentation: Degenerative & Principles of a Movement-Based Practitioner

    • Test your learning

  • 11

    Chapter 15: Therapist Directed Mobility, Stability & Motor Control

    • Course Notes : Chapter 15

    • Therapist Directed Mobility, Stability & Motor Control

    • Test your learning

  • 12

    Chapter 16: Evaluation of the Shoulder (Lab)

    • Top Tier Assessment (SFMA+)

    • Range of Motion

    • Scapulohumeral Rhythm, Stability & Motor Control

    • Passive ROM

    • Supine Internal Rotation - Technique Tips

    • Internal Rotation Assessment - Lab Q&A - Patterns of Mobility in a Participant with GHJ instability

    • Thorax Rotation Assessment

    • Stability & Motor Control Assessment

    • Shoulder Symptom Modification & Manual Muscle Testing

    • Assessment of Push and Pull Patterns

    • Test your learning

  • 13

    Chapter 17: Exercise Rehabilitation (Lab)

    • Course Notes : Exercise Lab

    • Range of Motion Training

    • Sleeper & Horizontal Adduction Stretch

    • Mobilization of the Thorax

    • Breathing, Relaxation and Supine Sagittal Stabilization

    • Exercise Lab Q&A - Breathing Pattern Dysfunction & Excessive Tension (Example 'Patient')

    • Exercise Lab Q&A - Breathing Pattern Dysfunction & Excessive Tension (Discussion)

    • Baby Breathing & Low Kneeling

    • Low Kneeling Technique Tips

    • Exercise Lab - 5 Month Side Support

    • Technique Tip - 5 Month Side Lying

    • Low Kneeling Modifications

    • Quadruped & Tripod

    • Hand Support and Scapular Centration

    • Quadruped Demonstration

    • Exercise Lab - Coaching The Quadruped

    • Coaching The Quadruped - Technique Tips (Example 'Patient')

    • Coaching the Quadruped - Hourglass & Lumbar Flexion

    • Exercise Lab - Coaching The Tripod With Reach and Rotation

    • Exercise Lab - Coaching the Tripod with Reach & Rotation - Technique Tips

    • Exercise Lab - Modified Tripod with Reach, Rotation and Pull - Demonstration

    • Exercise Lab - Modified Bear

    • Closing Notes on Exercise Lab - Pushes, Deadlifts as a Pull, Field Goals

    • Test your learning

  • 14

    Chapter 18: Therapist Directed Mobility, Stability & Motor Control (Lab)

    • Sleeper Stretch

    • Sleeper Stretch Technique Tips

    • Manual Therapy Lab Q&A -Sleeper Stretch, Setup in an Unstable Shoulder

    • Horizontal Adduction & Extension-Adduction-Internal Rotation

    • Reverse Sleeper & External Rotation Mobilization

    • Discussion: Hypertonicity Limiting Function / Protective Pattern

    • Technique Tips - Maintaining Centration - Mobilization with External Rotation

    • GHJ Mobilization con Movement & End Range Mobilization

    • Lab Q&A: GHJ Mobilization con Movement & End Range Mobilization

    • Upper Trapezius, Cervical ROM Assessment & Functional Palpation

    • Technique Tips - Functional Palpation and Vector of Tension

    • Technique Tips - Functional Palpation and Vector of Tension

    • Technique Tips - Functional Palpation and Vector of Tension

    • Levator Scapulae

    • Lab Q&A - Levator Scapulae

    • Rhomboid

    • Lab Q&A - Rhomboid

    • Lab Q&A - Rhomboid

    • Anterior Thorax & Pec

    • Lab Q&A - Rotation Dysfunction of Thorax

    • Lab Q&A - Anterior Rib Flare and Extension/Uprighting Restriction

    • Distal Pec Major

    • Lab Q&A - Palpation of Distal Pec Major

    • Manual Therapy Lab Q&A - Palpation of Distal Pec Major

    • Manual Therapy Lab Q&A – Why are we so specific in position & movement?

    • Serratus Anterior, Subclavius & Pectoralis Minor

    • Lab Q&A - Serratus Anterior

    • Lab Q&A - Serratus Anterior

    • Upper Serratus Anterior & Clavicular Division of Pec Major

    • Technique Tips: Upper Serratus Anterior

    • Subscapularis

    • Lab Q&A: Subscapularis

    • Lab Q&A: Subscapularis

    • Lab Q&A: Subscapularis

    • Latissimus Dorsi

    • Quadruped Rockback

    • Teres Major, Teres Minor, Infraspinatous

    • Lab Q&A: Teres Major/Minor

    • Lab Q&A: Infraspinatous

    • Manual Therapy Contacts

    • Lab Q&A: Manual Therapy Contacts

    • Long Head Triceps

    • Deltoid

    • Sub-Occipitals & Upper Cervical Mobilization

    • Test your learning

  • 15

    Next Steps

    • Recommendations for Future Learning


Both Scientific and Intuitive

by Dr. Eugene Lee, DC, FRCCSS(C) & Dr. Anne Maylin-Lee, DC

What an awesome and inspiring seminar we just attended and participated in. We benefited from Dr. Maxwell's wealth of knowledge as he integrated different concepts on how to do a comprehensive assessment and treatment for the shoulder. Dr. Maxwell's style is both scientific and intuitive - isn't that what we have always heard what health care is about?! It was exciting to apply this information on Monday to freshen things up. The course helped us rethink how we approach our daily practice. We received thought-provoking new information and ideas on how to use it together and apply on top of our current way of practicing. While Dr. Maxwell is well-read, educated and experienced, he gave the impression of being a peer and tutor, all the while respecting each attendee's skill and experience. Dr. Maxwell was energetic, organized, and connected well with the group of practitioners.

Raving Review

by Erik Torchia, PT, MClSc(Manip), BMR(PT), FCAMPT, Dip. Sport PT, CAFCI

An incredible clinician. Congratulations on an outstanding online shoulder course!

World Class Content as Always

by Dr. David Westmacott B.Kin., DC, RMT, ART

Fantastic course! Was great to do it for a second time at home. World class content as always. Well done Dr. Maxwell.

Lots of Useful Information

by Dr. Andrew Janzen, BSc., DC

Great course. Lots of useful information with the ease of doing it at your own pace. Thank you.

I'm sure I'll be returning to time and time again

Dr. Colin Wilson, DC

A ton of detailed information that I’m sure I will be returning to time and time again.


Dr Michael Maxwell

Dr. Michael Maxwell has been a fitness, health, exercise rehabilitation and manual therapy nerd since 1998. As a personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, kinesiologist, and Chiropractor, he has sought out key mentors, courses, and conferences to accelerate the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary to help his clients and patients. 

Frustrated by the lack of practical knowledge and skills provided in his Exercise Science undergraduate degree, and inspired by the extra-curricular conferences and courses he had previously attended, Dr. Maxwell began facilitating workshops and seminars that featured practical, hands-on content, taught by industry leaders. This is what led to the formation of Somatic Senses Education. Since 2003, Dr. Maxwell has organized well over 250 continuing education courses throughout Canada featuring industry leaders such as Lorimer Moseley, Donald Murphy, Stuart McGill, Pavel Kolar and the outstanding Prague School Physio's, Dale Buchberger, Clare Frank, Robert Lardner, Mark Finch, Charlie Weingroff, and many more! His mission is simple: provide evidence-informed, practical and world-class continuing education featuring industry leading clinicians, educators, and researchers, with the ultimate goal of improving the standards of patient care!

Dr. Maxwell has served as an assistant instructor for many of the courses and instructors he has worked with and has presented in Canada and the United States on movement-based care, rehabilitation, and manual therapy. He is a Certified Instructor for Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization according to Pavel Kolar. Through his consistent and exceptional exposure to some of the worlds most recognized clinicians and educators, 20 years in the trenches helping clients and patients reach their goals, and his dedication to providing exceptional and comprehensive care in clinical practice, Dr. Maxwell is well positioned to provide outstanding continuing education. And more importantly, he is honoured to do so.

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