Absolute Posture

Absolute Posture

Absolute Posture -
Functional Assessment of the Upper and Lower Extremities


Course Description

In this training course, the student will learn the basic functional assessment rules, principles and important accessory motion indicators that create postural misalignment to the upper and lower extremities. This course will focus on postural imbalances and their effects on soft tissue pathologies such as Frozen shoulder, rotator cuff strains, tendon vs ligament strain and sprain. Tennis elbow cervicalgia, thoracic outlet syndrome, shoulder impingement Soft tissue spinal pain patterns for lower cross syndromes Deep lateral and medial rotator strain/sprain and groin pulls Posterior/Anterior pelvic rotation and knee joint anomalies Plantar fasciitis and subtalar joint deviations Lower cross syndrome, hamstring and quadratus strain and sprains Upper cross syndrome, carpal tunnel, neuropathies and much, much more!


Students in this course will learn:

  • Students will learn indications and assessment protocols to the upper and lower extremities.
  • Students will be able to list at least 10 plus more contraindication assessment protocols to the extremities.
  • Students will learn, practice, and experience soft tissue histology recognition of the extremities including anterior and posterior thoracic muscle regions.
  • Students will learn, practice and experience how to assess the quality of accessory motion, both actively and passively for soft tissue joint pathologies that are indicated & contraindicated for manual therapy.
  • Students will learn, practice, and experience how to seek diminished mobility and stability coupled with ongoing strain and sprain patterning.
  • Students will learn, practice and experience visual and manual assessment protocols that help determine faulty relationships between muscle and joint body parts. As well, learn methods on how to address soft tissue imbalances that create structural anomalies.
  • Students will learn and practice visual assessment of the five basic musculoskeletal postural misalignments of the upper and lower cross syndrome patterns.
  • Students will learn and practice hands-on Functional assessment of upper and lower extremities for length and strength discretion that can help students determine and confirm the patterns of faulty body mechanics.
  • Students will learn, practice and experience reciprocal inhibition for medial and lateral rotator of the femur and hip. Also shoulder rotator cuff syndromes, elbow, carpal, fingers, knees, tarsals and ankle muscles for tendon and ligamental weaknesses or restrictions.
  • Students will learn, practice and experience how to evaluate extremity weak vs strong muscle actions.
  • Students will learn, practice and experience how to evaluate, create assessment documentation for corrective treatment strategies.
  • Students will learn how, why and what types of specialized providers to utilize for referral options so to train and help student/practitioner obtain compliant patient care confidence.
  • Student will learn how to provide, within scope of practice, hydrotherapy home care recommendations and self-help handouts.
  • Students will learn, practice and experience soft tissue histology recognition of the upper and lower extremities including the muscle attachment of neck, shoulders, thoracic muscles attached above and below the pelvic hip flexors and extensors.
  • Students will learn how to utilize neurological laws for determining nerve-related compression vs entrapment of upper and lower extremity peripheral nerve syndromes.
  • Students will summarize corrective treatment strategies for upper and lower extremities, as well, be able to evaluate A-symmetrical deviations of the upper and lower body including the femur, Knee and Ankle joint regions.


Hours and CE's

This course is taught in a single day, starting at 8 am. This course offers 12 massage therapy continuing education contact hours.





Florida therapists who take this class will receive an additional 12 hours in online home study hours including all of the Florida Required Classes for no extra charge! 

You will have all of the massage continuing education hours you need for your license renewal!


Please enroll early to ensure your place in class. This special class fills up quickly!


Additional classes will be added shortly.

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If you enroll in a class and for some reason you are unable to make it, don't worry, you are covered. If you cancel more than 30 days prior to the start of the class, you can get a refund of your tuition. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the scheduled class, you will still receive a credit to take the same class at a later time. You can also take a different class at a different location. Please see our cancellation policy for more details. 



The spaces that are available in the Florida renewal year classes are limited. Should an enrollee wish to cancel a class, they may do so within 30 days prior to the start of the class and request a refund, minus a $75 administrative fee. If an enrollee wishes to cancel a class within the thirty days prior to the start date of the class, no refunds will be given, however, they will be provided a course credit to be used toward another course. Course credits will expire after 1 year from the time they are provided.


Course materials will be provided in a digital format approximately a week to ten days before the start date of the class. An email will be sent to the email address you enrolled in class under with login credentials to a student portal where the student will be able to sign an electronic waiver, view or download the manual, confirm class attendance, submit an evaluation form and download a Certificate of Completion. After class is over you will still have access to your course materials. Please have an internet-enabled device with you at the time of class. It's a super and convenient process.


Prerequisite: All of our classes are intended to serve as continuing education for massage therapists. All students must be licensed, certified, authorized, or otherwise credentialed to provide hands-on, manual therapy services in the state where they practice. All of our classes are approved by NCBTMB for CE hours. Most states accept NCBTMB hours. Some states may have different requirements or definitions of what is considered to be within the "Scope of Practice" for a massage therapist. If in doubt, please check with your state's Board of Massage. In some instances, advanced-level courses may have additional prerequisites that will be noted in the course description. 


All of our classes have minimum and maximum enrollments that can be accepted. If a class is getting close to being full, we may close online enrollment. If a class is closed online, you may still call us at #800-201-2247 to see if there are any additional spaces or to go on a waiting list. If you want to go, let us know!  On rare occasions, we do not meet the minimum number of enrollees or an unexpected situation occurs and we need to cancel or reschedule a class. Please confirm that your class will be going forward prior to making any non-refundable travel arrangements. 


Aside from special events such as Success School and Education Vacations, we do not typically arrange sleeping rooms at our host hotels for weekend classes. If a room rate is not specifically noted in the class description below, please check your favorite discount travel website (hotels.com, trivago.com, expedia.com, tripadvisor.com, etc.) to see if better rates are available at the host hotel. Oftentimes the rates on travel websites are lower than what we are able to negotiate and our room block rates, if available, are subject to expiration. If a class location is not already listed, it will be added to this page as soon as it has been finalized. Enrolled students will receive an email reminder one week prior to the class with the location. 

  • $225.00

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