Project Description

Clinical Assessment of the Upper Body

Enhance your treatment plan and treatment outcomes by performing a thorough assessment. The more informed you are about a patient’s condition and certain signs and symptoms, the more effective your treatment will be. This course explores the common pathologies by examining posture, range of motion, and orthopedic testing. It provides clinical assessments to rule in/out certain conditions in the jaw, neck, and upper limb.

LENGTH 3 hours

In this course, you will learn:

  • Postural assessment of the head, neck and upper limb.
  • Range of motion assessment of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), cervical spine, glenohumeral joint, elbow joint, radiocarpal joint, and more.
  • Common pathologies, range of motion presentation and orthopedic tests that can be performed to rule in/out given conditions.

Continuing Education by CCMH submits courses for approval to regulatory colleges and associations across Canada. Timelines vary and courses are submitted on a rolling basis. As approvals are granted, this section is updated. Remember to check back often!

Certified Registered Massage Therapist Association (CRMTA): 2 Primary Credits

College of Massage Therapists of New Brunswick: 1.00 Category A Credit

Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba (MTAM): 3 Core Competency Credits

Massage Therapists’ Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS): 1 Primary CEU

Prince Edward Island Massage Therapy Association (PEIMTA): 3 Category A Credits

Under the CMTO’s new Quality Assurance Program (STRiVE), courses are no longer granted approval by the CMTO. It is up to the learner to demonstrate that a course is relevant to their learning goals and the STRiVE competencies. We have provided the description below to help the learner link the course to the STRiVE competencies. A course is often related to more STRiVE competencies than those listed.

The competencies below are established in the CMTO continuing education guidelines. This course addresses the competencies in many ways, including those described below.

Work within areas of personal knowledge and skills. This course provides an RMT with the opportunity to fill gaps in knowledge of assessing common conditions in the temporomandibular joint, cervical region and upper limb. This knowledge involves recognizing common symptoms and being able to apply appropriate tests to rule in/out conditions. By applying the knowledge taught in this course, the RMT is able to have a clearer clinical impression of the condition and formulate a more effective treatment plan.

Function in a client-centred manner. This course reinforces awareness of the benefits of providing a thorough assessment. It enables the RMT to have a vast variety of assessment tools to use to better understand the patient’s condition and treat the patient more effectively.

Manage time and resources effectively. This course provides the RMT with the resources to provide thorough and effective assessments which will allow them to manage their time with the patient more effectively.

Use an evidence-informed approach in your work. This course was developed based on current evidence and research by an RMT experienced in performing clinical assessment of the cervical spine and upper limb. The Continuing Education by CCMH promise is to evaluate every course on a biannual basis to ensure any developments or changes in the profession are reflected in course content. Thus, RMTs who take this course and adopt its recommendations can be assured that they are practicing in a manner consistent with current developments. A resource list is included in the downloadable guide to every course so that RMTs can conduct further research and/or confirm course findings. All course content and recommendations have been evaluated by RMTs to affirm the accuracy of the content and its compliance with RMT guidelines. For more details, please see Our Quality Control Process.


Benjamin Reid
Benjamin ReidB.Sc., RMT
Benjamin Reid is a Toronto-based Registered Massage Therapist with a focus on rehabilitation. Prior to his education in massage therapy at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH) in Toronto, Benjamin obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University.

Benjamin has always had a passion for education. During his schooling at CCMH, he enjoyed tutoring fellow students in his spare time. Ben graduated at the top of his class in September 2017. His interests include systemic anatomy, neuroanatomy, and orthopedic assessments.

He currently works at two clinics in midtown Toronto, both of which are multidisciplinary and rehab-focused. He particularly enjoys challenging cases that enable him to think beyond the textbooks and to apply a unique and effective treatment approach. He also has an interest in sports injuries, and as such particularly enjoys working with athletes.

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