Clinical Assessment for the Upper Body

Neck, shoulder and ribcage

Next course: Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9, 2025

 If you would like access to our prerecorded course, please contact us!



The upper body's structure has significant influence on our breathing, our nervous system and the translation of forces to the neck and head as well as through the lower back and pelvis. On the flip side, we can ALSO say the opposite is also true! Understanding these relationships in their complexity is truly fascinating.

We know there are ‘pathways’ of muscles, nerves, and fascia which, when integrated optimally, allow us to create healthy movement patterns which are the base for improving endurance and then strength and, ultimately, performance.

Join us for a tour through all the fascial connections as we test breathing patterns, thoracolumbar movement, and the muscles that stabilize the shoulder.



Here's What You'll Learn:

  • A brief overview of setting up your client's clinical record

  • Simple record keeping tips and current charting software programs

  • Walk through the palpation of major points of upper body surface anatomy

  • A review of common static and dynamic postural faults 

  • Understand the impact of both appropriate and dysfunctional breathing on the ribs, clavicles, scapulae, neck muscles, head position and fascial structure

  • Trace the fascial lines crossing through the upper body
  • Simple joint movements and possible fascial restrictions
  • More complex movement patterns of the thoracic spine, scapula and cervical spine
  • Feel confident with musculoskeletal evaluation for the neck, shoulder, chest, elbow, wrist and hand
  • Understand the symptoms requiring a neurological screen of upper body myotomes and dermatomes
  • Get clear on how and when to refer to other rehab pros


You will come out of this course with a pile of practical experience you can use with your clients right away!

  • Work through a full assessment using comprehensive fill-in-the-blank templates of consent forms, and billing, scheduling and cancellation policies
  • Go step by step through a sample assessment, review the findings and take part in a discussion of clinical impressions and possible treatment directions
  • See a demonstration of exercise planning software programs
  • Walk through assessment and progress report templates used extensively with auto and disability insurers

Regular Rate

*tax included


Enjoy a TON of course content!

  • Courses always updated online in your own library

  • Meet a variety of new and experienced movement practitioners

  • Polish up your evaluation skills

  • Lots of time for practice!


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You can view all the course material including the videos on your laptop, desktop or phone.

Enjoy access to your course no matter where you are!


Meet Your Instructor

First Line Founder Angela Pereira has been a practicing kin and business owner for over 30 years. Since starting First Line in 2007, she's taught and mentored over 2500 kin students, professional kinesiologists and budding entrepreneurs through her online courses, academic teaching and thriving Facebook community 'Connected Kinesiologists'. 

Angela's mission is to help new kinesiologists shine as they start and grow their practices. Raising the profile of kinesiology to the public is also important to Angela. As she sees it, it’s really a win-win situation: by providing support and direction to new movement therapists, the profile of the kinesiology profession will expand and grow organically.

If you completed the course but you were not satisfied with the content, our delivery or your client results, show us how you implemented our recommendations with your clients.

We’ll offer our suggestions AND happily refund your registration fee in full. We want you and your clients to succeed, and we’ll make it our mission to help!

Email us at [email protected], tell us about your experience and ask us to connect with you to process your refund. We promise to follow up with you promptly.

This course is now available on demand to make it super easy and convenient for you!

Work through the course at your own pace and on your own time.

Regular Rate

*tax included


Enjoy a TON of course content!

  • Earn continuing education credits
  • Courses always updated online in your own library

  • Meet a variety of new and experienced exercise professionals

  • Polish up your evaluation skills

  • Learn how to make clinical decisions 
  • Lots of time for practice!