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The Shoulder: An Integrated Approach is composed of 18 hours of combined lecture and hands-on content, with accompanying presentation notes and over 300 references

This is what you will learn:

  • The current literature pertaining to the anatomy & function of the shoulder girdle
  • Pathologies, Injury Mechanisms, and Pathomechanisms
  • Evaluation 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
  • Management of the Shoulder in Clinical Practice
  • 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
  • Moving Differently in Pain
  • Principles of a Movement-Based Practitioner
  • Therapist Directed Mobility, Stability and Motor Control

Dear Colleagues, 

We work diligently to fulfill the needs of our patients and practice, but, staying on top of the evidence and best-practices can be a serious challenge for today's clinician. Research on manual therapy and rehabilitation is rapidly expanding. In addition to the continually evolving evidence-base, we are barraged with anecdotal and often conflicting observations. The evidence-based practice revolution is here and as a result, the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of our interventions are coming under increasing scrutiny. The Shoulder: An Integrated Approach, assimilates the best evidence with best practices and recent advances in manual therapy and rehabilitation for the shoulder complex.

Dr. Maxwell has been fortunate to work with many leading researchers, educators, and clinicians, totaling 300+ courses and 4,500 hours of post-graduate continuing education. Complementing his addiction to continuing education is a habit of reading research papers in his spare time as "casual-relaxation reading". Throughout his post-graduate education, Dr. Maxwell has observed distinct unifying themes in clinical reasoning and methods of assessment, manual therapy, and rehabilitation. The assessments, manual therapy and rehabilitation strategies demonstrated in this course are based on 16 years of applying thousands of hours of continuing education and best-evidence into an integrated "Movement-Based" model of clinical practice.

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"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?! Having been in practice ourselves since 1988, 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."

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


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"An incredible clinician. Congratulations on an outstanding online shoulder course!"
Erik Torchia, PT, MClSc(Manip), BMR(PT), FCAMPT, Dip. Sport PT, CAFCI


"I recently attended Dr. Maxwell’s course, The Shoulder: An Integrated Approach. I thought Dr. Maxwell’s integrative approach was just that. It included many good tools ranging from soft tissue techniques to DNS cueing. 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. Thanks for the course, Michael!"
Dr. James Grimmett, DC, DNS Certified Practitioner, ART

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"This is the most complete shoulder course I've taken."
Dr. Benjamin Stevens, DC, CSCS, FR, BSc

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What's Inside?

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

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.

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. 

LAB: Evaluation of the Shoulder in Clinical Practice

Direct your interventions with laser-like precision with this comprehensive evaluation of the shoulder, including Top Tier Assessment, Mobility, Stability, and Motor Control evaluation of the glenohumeral, scapulothoracic, thorax and cervical spine, and Symptom Modification Procedures.

LAB: Exercise Rehabilitation of the Shoulder in Clinical Practice

Go inside the live course and learn effective strategies to improve shoulder function and capacity.

LAB: Therapist Directed Mobility, Stability and Motor Control

Go inside the live course as Dr. Maxwell demonstrates and discusses cutting-edge and movement-based manual therapy interventions, including participant examples.

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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From Inside the Course

*We are so confident you'll love this course we are willing to let you try it risk-free for 30 days. If you don't like it we'll refund 100% of your money, no questions asked. There's only one condition - if we refund your money we can't also provide you with the course completion certificate for CE hours. 

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