Gross Anatomy of the Upper Limb

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Explore the musculoskeletal structures that stabilize and move the upper limb. Rediscover the articulations, supporting structures, and biomechanics of the joints of the upper limb. Study the origins, insertions, and actions of the muscles in detail.

In this course, you will learn:

  • How the shoulder girdle and extrinsic muscles of the back move.
  • The functions and clinical significance of the joints, ligaments, extrinsic and intrinsic back muscles, and rotator cuff of the shoulder.
  • An advanced understanding of various forms of nerve damage and how these forms can be classified.
  • The anatomy of the brachium (arm), including joints and ligaments, important structures, and muscles.
  • The anatomy of the forearm including joints, ligaments, and muscles in the flexor and extensor compartments.
  • The anatomical areas and important structures of the forearm including the carpal tunnel, flexor retinaculum, and triangular fibrocartilaginous complex.
  • The joints, ligaments, function, and range of motion of the hand.
  • The thenar and hypothenar, deep palmar muscles, and anatomical areas of the hand.

Dexterity Professional Development 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) 2 Primary Credits
Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association (CMMOTA) 2 CECs
Massage Therapist Association of Alberta (MTAA) 2 Primary Credits
Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba (MTAM) 2 Core Competency/Primary Credits
Massage Therapist & Wholistic Practitioners of the Maritimes (MTWPAM) 2 credit hours Primary / Category A
College of Massage Therapists of New Brunswick (CMTNB) 1 Category A Credit
College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland & Labrador (CMTNL) 1 Category A Credit
Massage Therapists Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS) 1 Primary CEU
College of Massage Therapists of PEI (CMTPEI) 2 CCP Hours
PEI Massage Therapy Association (PEIMTA) 2 Category A Credits
L'Association des Naturopathes Professionnels du Québec (ANPQ) / L’Association des Naturothérapeutes du Québec (ANQ) / Regroupement des Massothérapeutes du Québec (RMQ) 2 Credits
Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS) 2 Primary Credits
Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) 5 CCP Credits
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) 2 CE
New York Sponsored (NCBTMB) 2 CE

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 the RMT with the opportunity to fill gaps in knowledge in order to effectively treat and palpate the upper limb.

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 upper limb. The Dexterity PD 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 upper limb. 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.






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