Video Course: A Detailed Approach to General Neck Pain

Allison Denney

This course is approved for Florida’s “Distance Learning Hands-On Technique” category for the 2021-2023 renewal period (CE Broker course #20-846815 for FL only).

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The neck is home to a lot of moving parts and a host of frustrating dysfunctions, but perhaps the most frustrating of all is the general neck pain that accompanies the stressors of life. The most common complaint from clients is the neck pain that seems to have an elusive onset and no resolve. Join Allison Denney for this fun-filled course including muscles painted on the client’s body, her favorite neck techniques, and approaches that work to alleviate clients’ pain. This course was featured during the 2020 ABMP CE Summit. 

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Course Outline
  • Introduction
  • Decolletage technique
  • Supine techniques: back of the neck (upper trapezius, lamina groove, suboccipitals, scalenes)
  • Supine techniques: side of the neck (scalenes)
  • Supine techniques: front of the neck (sternoclavicular joint, mastoid process, sternocleidomastoid)
  • Stretch: lateral and posterior neck
  • Side-lying position techniques (stretch, linear friction, myofascial release, point work)
  • Supine position: rhomboid and scapula techniques
  • Prone position techniques: suboccipital muscles
Learning Objectives

Having viewed the online massage therapy technique CE course, participants will be able to:

  • List the muscles of the neck.
  • Identify the common causes of general neck pain.
  • Describe at least three techniques that may be used in the supine position on clients with general neck pain.
  • Describe at least three techniques that may be used in the prone position on clients with general neck pain.
  • Describe at least three techniques that may be used in the side-lying position on clients with general neck pain.
Allison Denney

Allison Denney has been a practicing massage therapist for 20 years. In addition to cultivating a flourishing private practice, she has established herself as an integral part of the massage community though her years as a teacher, her popular YouTube channel, and her launch of the Rebel Massage brand organic, professional-grade Deep Tissue Body Butters. Her passion for client care and fascination with anatomy continues to drive her to never stop growing. Learn more at Listen to Allison Denney’s podcast, “The Rebel MT,” on the ABMP Podcast Network!

Topics and Techniques

This hands-on massage therapy CE course addresses general neck pain while bringing anatomy to life with muscles painted on the client’s body. Learn techniques to work the following muscles: upper trapezius, lamina groove, suboccipitals, scalenes, sternocleidomastoid, and rhomboid. Techniques include myofascial release, linear friction, pin-and-stretch, active engagement technique, point work, compression, rocking, positional release, trigger point therapy, reciprocal inhibition, and two-handed stretches.


Visit the ABMP Education Center FAQ page for a full list of resources.

Q: Is this course approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) for CE credit?
A: Yes! All of the courses are approved under ABMP’s NCBTMB Approved Provider account (451086-09).

Q: How do I earn a CE certificate for this massage techniques course?
A: After you complete the webinar video, a quiz will appear on the page. Earn a CE certificate by scoring 70% or higher on the course quiz.

Q: Can I earn a CE certificate for this course more than once?
A: Learners can earn one CE certificate for each course.

Q: How do I access my CE certificates?
A: CE certificates are available on your “My CE Transcripts” page and on the course page.
Visit your “My CE Transcript” page by clicking “My CE” on the navigation bar at the top of your screen.

Copyright Statement
All of the ABMP courses contain materials that are proprietary to ABMP. None of the course material may be used without the express written permission of ABMP. Materials may include, but are not limited to, video, audio, images, documents, and slides. Course materials are only for the use of students enrolled in this course and may not be shared publicly or shown to groups. Unauthorized retention, duplication, distribution, or modification of copyrighted materials is strictly prohibited by law. Check your state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy before practicing any new modalities or techniques.


"Absolutely THE BEST CEU I have taken online in my nearly 12 years as an LMT!"

"Love the muscles being painted on the body. Thank you for a great class!"

"This is one of the best CEs I've ever taken in my 20 years as an MT. More useful information in 1 hour than most 8-hour workshops. Will use this tomorrow."

"This webinar was extremely beneficial. Thank you for making it fun, descriptive, informative, and worth the time!"

"This was perhaps the single most useful hour I have ever spent learning in my massage career, including my original schooling process. I can't say enough about how helpful, useful, and insightful this course was. I will be recommending it to every therapist I know!"