Project Description

Gross Anatomy of the Axial Skeleton

Explore the musculoskeletal structures that stabilize and move the axial skeleton. Rediscover the articulations, supporting structures and biomechanics of the temporomandibular joint, the joints of the vertebral column and thoracic cage. Refresh your knowledge on the origins, insertions, and actions of the muscles within the axial skeleton.

LENGTH 3 hours

In this course, you will learn:

  • The importance of the temporomandibular joint, including all muscles, ligaments, biomechanics and dysfunction.
  • The joints within the different sections of the vertebral column including the articulations with the thoracic cage.
  • How the musculoskeletal structures work to stabilize and move the axial skeleton including the neck, thoracic cage, vertebral column, and abdomen.
  • The functions and clinical significance of the muscles of the back, and understand the anatomy and functions of each layer.
  • The superficial and deep abdominal muscles, joints, ligaments, important structures, and muscles including arteries.
  • The anatomical areas and important structures of the neck and abdomen including the muscles involved and the function of these structures.

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): 3 Primary 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.

Function in a client-centred manner. This course provides an in-depth review of the upper limb to enable the RMT to palpate various structures effectively.

Work within areas of personal knowledge and skills.This course provides an in-depth review of the axial skeleton to enable the RMT to palpate various structures effectively.

Use an evidence-informed approach in your work. This course provides the RMT with up-to-date information and knowledge regarding the gross anatomy of the axial skeleton. 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 two additional RMTs to affirm the accuracy of the content. For more details, please see Our Quality Control Process.

Practice in a self-reflective manner.

This course enables the RMT to review and refresh important anatomical information pertaining to the structures of the axial skeleton. The RMT that takes this course has reflected upon their practice and their decisions, and recognizes where knowledge should be enhanced. Through taking this course, the RMT draws on external information to achieve continuous learning and quality improvement.


Kimberly Kent
Kimberly KentRMT
Kimberly began her journey to become an RMT in 2013, when she started as a student at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy (CCMH). She spent the next two years falling in love with anatomy and the many ways that she could help people through Massage Therapy. When she graduated cum laude from CCMH in 2015, she began practicing in a multidisciplinary setting at a chiropractic clinic in Mississauga, ON. Soon after, she added another clinic to her practice locations, a physiotherapy clinic in her hometown of Georgetown, ON. She continues to treat out of both clinics today, and enjoys having a balance between long term care and acute injury patients.

Kimberly began working at CCMH as a teaching assistant in 2016. She worked as a lead instructor in Gross Anatomy and Palpation and helped to shape future RMTs.

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