This course will introduce participants to Function Massage for the management of cervical and upper extremity impairments. Functional Massage is a manual therapy intervention that combines massage of soft tissues with joint movement to treat muscles considering muscle, tendon, and joint anatomy. This course provides a concise overview of principles, examination, and treatment of muscles and associated soft tissues. It will introduce the clinician to an adaptive, systematic approach to management of patients experiencing musculoskeletal and neuromuscular impairments involving the cervical spine and upper extremity across a lifespan. Principles of symptom localization, muscle investigation and anatomy review will be combined with manual techniques of functional massage to muscles incorporating bone, soft tissue movement and muscle tissue stretching. Orthopedic pathologies and clinical relevance pertaining to the application of techniques will be thoroughly investigated. Given the understanding of this approach with a complete anatomy review of musculature, participants will be able to flexibly use these additional techniques in order to concisely optimize functional outcomes in each patient
and help them achieve their goals.