Orthopedic Assessment


30 CE Hours

Course Options:

  • DVDs and Text Shipped, and Test Online
  • DVDs, Text and Test Shipped to You
  • Fully Online Videos, Text and Test


Learn classic assessment techniques for the neck, shoulder, elbow, ankle, knee, hip, spine and more. This course introduces massage techniques for orthopedic conditions, promoting the alignment of soft tissue relating to pain and dysfunction.

For clinical massage therapy, the course text contains brief descriptions of rationale behind orthopedic massage, mechanisms of injury to and repair of soft tissue, and anatomy of each body area.

The accompanying Upper Body and Lower Body course DVDs also provide 3-D animations to show exactly which structures are involved. Each section of the DVDs are divided into Subjective Assessment, Observation, Tests, Special Tests and Palpation, including:

  • range-of-motion.
  • active range-of-motion.
  • strength tests.
  • nerve conduction tests.
  • impingement tests for the rotator cuff.
  • spinal facet joint assessment.
  • knee meniscus assessment.
  • ligament tests, and more.

You'll learn specific orthopedic conditions of the human body and discover how various massage therapy techniques can help ease pain and dysfunction of soft tissue. Specific pathologies regarding mobility, posture, injuries and diseases are included as examples of what can be addressed by massage therapists and which conditions are seen as contraindications. Several methods which help to promote proper alignment of soft tissue including wave mobilization, muscle energy technique and joint mobilization are defined, explained and demonstrated in the course materials.

The Orthopedic Assessment program will walk you through a logical progression of testing that will reveal the underlying pathology with crystal clarity.

The techniques and assessment provided in this program are meant to be practiced by licensed healthcare practitioners. Check your local laws to find out if performing these tests is within your scope of practice.

Course Reviews

Karen Baskin, LMT, NCTMB

I appreciated having the DVD's to this course. I suggest otheres taking this course to have taken or have a strong background and understanding of anatomy, physiology, basic biomechanics, and have a background in structural bodywork. This course will take that practitioner to the next level and sharpen his/her skills quicker. In conclusion, having a strong foundation and experience in orthopedic massage prior to this course anchored and added to my work. I have already and will continue to use Thomas Hendrickson book as a strong resrouce.

H. Brooks, LMT

This course is very in depth. The manual/book along with the DVD's were very helpful in completing the course. I would recommend this course for the more advanced graduate. I would not recommend this course for the graduate looking to just fulfill CEUs.

Alisa Allen, LMT, NCTMB

The book is an excellent source of invaluable information. The DVD's are as well but every time I sat down to watch I would fall asleep. I think it was because of the background music and the white background setting behind Dr. Edmundson and his demo person. It was just too hypnotic. Different music with maybe a quiet library or classroom setting would help.... At least that is what I thought would hold my attention better. Other wise it was a fantastic course! I found it challenging and very Fascinating! With lots of practice this course will help take my work tonew levels.

J. Ridge, NCTMB

This was a great course. Lots of good muscle review. Plus great assessments for additional adjunct work in the massage field. This course will help me to take my massages to a new level.

C. Joseph, LMT, NCTMB

I thoroughly enjoyed this course! Excellent! Thank you for giving me more tools to help others!

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  • Text - 512 pages
  • 2 DVDs - 4.5 hours total
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.

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