Disorders of the neck and shoulder are common and often overlap which can make treatment a challenge.  Soft tissue, including muscle and associated fascia, cross these closely associated regions and lesions can contribute to symptoms in one or both areas.  While there are a considerable number of pathologies associated with both the shoulder and cervical regions, myofascial disorders can be one link that contributes to pain, inhibition of movement and difficulty with functional activities.  This course will describe basic biomechanical concepts of connective tissue and explain how a chronic cycle of fibrosis and decreasing soft tissue mobility may influence shoulder and cervical disorders.  Upon the course conclusion, participants will be able to identify common examination findings associated with soft tissue disorders and be introduced to various soft tissue mobilization techniques, which will be applicable for a variety of conditions associated with the shoulder and cervical spine.

Level of Instruction:  Intermediate

Course Objectives

  • Describe three basic biomechanical concepts associated with connective tissue
  • Explain how the cycle of fibrosis and decreasing mobility in connective tissue may influence shoulder-cervical disorders
  • Identify 3 common examination findings associated with shoulder or cervical soft tissue lesions
  • Identify 8 manual therapy techniques to address common soft tissue impairments in the shoulder and cervical spine.

Course Agenda

  • Prevalence of shoulder and cervical disorders
  • Conditions associated with soft tissue lesions
  • Theoretical concepts
  • Examination considerations
  • Treatment Considerations



WILLIAM J. HANNEY, PT, PhD, ATC/L, CSCS, MTC is a clinician, researcher and educator who currently serves as an instructor at the University of Central Florida School of Physical Therapy where he teaches and conducts clinical research. Additionally, he maintains a clinical practice at Brooks Rehabilitation. Dr. Hanney earned his undergraduate degree from the University of West Florida for studies in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training and his Master and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. He earned a PhD. at Nova Southeastern University having conducted research in the treatment of cervicogenic pain. His clinical practice focuses on the treatment of orthopedic conditions with a special interest in core stabilization and muscular control. He is an experienced educator, clinician and author having presented/published nationally in the areas of biomechanics, rehabilitation and sports medicine. Dr Hanney maintains involvement in the APTA, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, The American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists and the National Athletic Trainers Association.


Contact Hours: 1.5

Price: $49


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