The Shoulder – Toronto 2020

The Shoulder: An Integrated Approach

This course is designed for registered therapists and clinicians with diagnostic ability and manual therapy in their scope of practice.

Course Description

The objective of this course is to provide the participant with the knowledge and skills necessary to optimally manage common conditions of the shoulder girdle in clinical practice through lecture, discussion, demonstration, and an emphasis on hands on application.

Course Objectives / Outline:

  • The current literature pertaining to the anatomy, biomechanics, injury mechanisms, and pathologies of the shoulder girdle
  • The rehab continuum - the fundamentals of rehabilitation and the application to the evaluation and management of the shoulder
  • The developmental model - mobility, stability and movement pattern retraining from a developmental perspective
  • Functional assessment of the shoulder girdle
  • The role of orthopedic / provocative testing in the management of shoulder pathology, how to differentiate between treating functional and structural pathology, and how to formulate a management strategy for both
  • Understand how to integrate manual therapy and rehab into clinical practice to improve patient outcomes and restore optimum function
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Dr. Eugene Lee, DC, FRCCSS(C) & Dr. Anne Maylin-Lee, DC

"What an awesome and inspiring seminar. 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?! "

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Erik Torchia

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

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


Dr James Grimmet

DC, DNS Certified Practitioner, ART

"I found the DNS bits to be nicely blended into the corrective exercises. Ultimately making the corrective exercises much more effective. I certainly walked away with some clinical gems which to me is a sign of a great seminar. Ultimately making the corrective exercises much more effective."

What's Inside?

Anatomy & Function of the Shoulder Complex
A comprehensive, evidence-based, and clinically impactful review of the structure and function of the rotator cuff, capsuloligamentous and capsulolabral complex, rotator interval and biceps reflection pulley system.

Shoulder Complex Kinematics
An overview of ideal kinematics of the glenohumeral, scapulothoracic, acromioclavicular and sternoclavicular joints.

Pathologies, Pathomechanics & Injury Mechanisms
A detailed description of common pathologies of the shoulder, including a contemporary and evidence-based review of primary, secondary, and internal impingement mechanisms and their relevance to the assessment, diagnosis, and management of the shoulder in clinical practice.

Putting It All Together: Understanding Exercises and Injury Mechanisms
An impactful discussion of common exercises and movement patterns and relates them to pathomechanics, positions of provocation & injury mechanisms.

What's Inside? (cont'd)

Evaluation of the Shoulder in Clinical Practice
Dr. Maxwell outlines key components and a conceptual model of patient assessment, including pain mapping and evaluation of tissue, neural, articular, function, performance, system robustness, and imaging.

Management of the Shoulder in Clinical Practice
Dr. Maxwell presents a systematic and evidence-based model of shoulder rehabilitation, including optimal loading strategies, tear management, functional joint centration, and capacity training.

Moving Different in Pain
An update on the effects pain has on movement and muscle activation patterns and their implications on rehabilitation of the shoulder.

Clinical Presentation Based Clinical Decision Making and Principles of a Movement-Based Rehabilitation Practitioner
Current literature on rotator cuff pathology is reviewed and applied to patient presentation-based clinical decision making.

Therapist Directed Mobility, Stability and Motor Control
Dr. Maxwell raises your bull-shit meter as he discusses the mechanisms and effects of manual therapy, and outlines a systematic and evidence-informed approach to integrating manual therapy into shoulder rehabilitation.

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Your Instructor

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 Physios, Clayton Skaggs, Brett Winchester, Michael Shacklock, Dale Buchberger, Jack Miller, 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!

Ready to Register?

The Shoulder – Toronto 2020

Sat1:00-6:00, Sun 8:00-5:00
Location: Mississauga, ON


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