Therapeutic Exercise: Back & Core Conditions

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Home care is a core component of a patient’s recovery and rehabilitation. This course explores the importance of rehabilitation in aiding relief from pain across a wide range of populations. Exercise prescriptions for various back and core conditions will assist patients and enhance the effectiveness of your treatment plan.

In this course, you will learn:

  • Advanced assessment of postural and structural conditions of the vertebral column.
  • Strengthening and stretching exercises related to specific conditions associated with the back and core region.

Recommended Supplies:

  • Mat
  • Foam Roller
  • Towel
  • Chair
  • Exercise Ball

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

College of Massage Therapist of New Brunswick (CMTNB): 1.5 Category A Credits

College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland & Labrador (CMTNL): 1.5 Category A Credits

Massage Therapists’ and Wholistic Practitioners’ Association of the Maritimes (MTWPAM): 3 Credits

Massage Therapist Association of Alberta (MTAA): 3 Primary Credits

Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba (MTAM): 3 Core Competency/Primary Credits

Massage Therapists’ Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS): 1.5 Primary CEUs

Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS): 3 Primary Credits

PEI Massage Therapy Association (PEIMTA): 3 Category A Credits

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 the importance of home care in a patient’s treatment plan. Various remedial exercise techniques are covered in depth to enable the RMT to select the appropriate exercises, make treatment modifications as necessary, and provide education on the proper protocols to the patient.

Communicate effectively. This course provides the tools to clearly communicate with the patient and ensure that they are confident in conducting remedial exercises as home care. The techniques and exercises are advanced, but the instructions are clear and easily explained by the RMT to the average patient.

Work within areas of personal knowledge and skills. This course provides the RMT with the opportunity to learn and become competent in various advanced therapeutic exercises for the back and core. The course details the importance of therapeutic exercise as an intervention to various pathologies associated with the back and core. The RMT will be able to effectively provide remedial exercise prescriptions for patients who present with back and/or core pathologies.

Use an evidence-informed approach in your work. This course was developed based on current evidence and research by an RMT experienced in remedial exercise of the back and core. The Continuing Education by CCMH 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 RMTs to affirm the accuracy of the content and its compliance with RMT guidelines. For more details, please see Our Quality Control Process.






Rashad La Touche
B.Kin, RMT

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