Understanding the Peripheral Nervous System

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The nervous system is the most important system in the body, controlling and coordinating every cell, tissue, muscle, nerve, gland, organ, and system. This course provides an in-depth exploration of the peripheral nervous system, including a detailed analysis of common pathologies and associated symptoms.

In this course, you will learn:

  • Detailed anatomy of the peripheral nervous system, including origin, pathways, and terminal branches of each plexus (cervical, brachial, lumbar, and sacral).
  • Comprehensive descriptions of the pathways and functions of peripheral nerves and associated stressors.
  • An advanced understanding of various forms of nerve damage and how these forms can be classified.
  • Common pathologies and related symptoms (mechanical-functional) associated with each plexus.
  • Palpation techniques and treatment of peripheral nerves.

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) 3 Primary Credits
Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association (CMMOTA) 1.5 CECs
Massage Therapist Association of Alberta (MTAA) 3 Primary Credits
Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba (MTAM) 3 Core Competency/Primary Credits
Massage Therapist & Wholistic Practitioners of the Maritimes (MTWPAM) 3 credit hours Primary / Category A
College of Massage Therapists of New Brunswick (CMTNB) 1.5 Category A Credits
College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland & Labrador (CMTNL) 1.5 Category A Credits
Massage Therapists Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS) 1.5 Primary CEU
College of Massage Therapists of PEI (CMTPEI) 3 CCP Hours
PEI Massage Therapy Association (PEIMTA) 3 Category A Credits
L'Association des Naturopathes Professionnels du Québec (ANPQ) / L’Association des Naturothérapeutes du Québec (ANQ) / Regroupement des Massothérapeutes du Québec (RMQ) 3 Credits
Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS) 3 Primary Credits
Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) 5 CCP Credits
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) 1 CE
New York Sponsored (NCBTMB) 1 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 reinforces awareness of the peripheral nervous system and various disorders to enable the RMT to select the appropriate treatment and provide education to the patient.

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 a patient with a peripheral nervous system pathology. This knowledge involves recognizing common primary complaints and making appropriate treatment modifications within the parameters of the RMTs scope of practice. Additionally, the course highlights high risk conditions where the limits of the RMTs scope of practice are reached, indicating the need to refer a patient to a medical doctor and/or collaborate with other medical professionals.

Use an evidence-informed approach in your work. This course provides the RMT with up-to-date information and knowledge regarding the peripheral nervous system and associated pathologies. 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. Any treatment recommendations are based on this research and the opinion and experience of the RMT who developed the course. All course content and recommendations have been evaluated by two additional RMTs to affirm the accuracy of the content. For more details, please see the Our Quality Control Process.

Practice in a self-reflective manner. This course enables the RMT to conduct a deep dive into anatomical and physiological information pertaining to the peripheral nervous system. 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.






Maria Naccarato
B.Sc., RMT

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