Video Course: Funky Necks, TOS, and Arm Pain

Erik Dalton

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Trying to figure out what’s causing a client’s neck and arm pain can be challenging. Is it a nerve problem, tendinopathy, thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), muscle strain, ligament injury, protective spasm, sensitization, pathology, or even chronic stress? In this course, Erik Dalton takes you on a clinical reasoning tour to help uncover the mystery pain generator and demonstrates myoskeletal techniques he’s found helpful in treating these conditions. Special video animation, anatomy dissection, and dozens of skill-boosting hands-on techniques make this an entertaining and practical learning experience.

This course was featured during the 2021 ABMP CE Summit

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Course Outline
  • Introduction: pain, evidence-informed practice, inductive reasoning, and pain causes
  • Cervical spine
    • Anatomy [5:15]
    • Assessments: funky neck/cervical facet pain [9:23]
    • Orthopedic tests [12:35]
    • Flexibility and mobility [13:46]
    • Techniques: cervical spine [14:38]
  • Thoracic outlet
    • Anatomy [23:09]
    • Technique: side-lying anterior scalene technique [25:06]
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
    • Anatomy [27:33]        
    • Assessment: thoracic outlet syndrome: clavicle compression test [28:28]
    • Technique: scrubbing the subclavius/subclavius release [30:37]
  • 1st rib
    • Anatomy [31:48]
    • Technique: elevated 1st rib and scalene technique [32:15]
    • Stretches [35:15]
  • Upper extremity Tinel tests [38:12]
  • Nerve mobilizations and home retraining exercises [43:56]
  • Upper body closing stretches [50:05]
Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify the anatomy of the cervical spine.
  • List at least two assessment tests for cervical neck pain.
  • List at least two massage therapy techniques for the cervical spine.  
  • List the muscles involved in thoracic outlet syndrome.
  • List one assessment test for thoracic outlet syndrome.
  • List at least two massage therapy techniques for a client with thoracic outlet syndrome.
  • List at least five massage therapy techniques for upper extremity nerves.
Erik Dalton

Renowned myoskeletal therapist Erik Dalton, Ph.D., shares a broad therapeutic background in massage, Rolfing, and manipulative osteopathy in his entertaining and innovative pain-management workshops, books, and videos. Dalton is executive director of the Freedom From Pain Institute, developer of the Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques, and author of Dynamic Body: Exploring Form, Expanding Function. Visit to read Dalton's internationally published articles and find information about his workshops.

Topics and Techniques

This hands-on massage therapy CE course from Erik Dalton addresses clients’ neck pain, arm pain, and thoracic outlet syndrome. This course includes special video animation, anatomy dissection, and dozens of skill-boosting hands-on techniques to make this an entertaining and practical learning experience.


This online massage therapy CE course is available to you on demand to access, learn, and earn CE whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for you!


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

Q: Is this CE 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 video-based 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.


"Erik Dalton does a wonderful job demonstrating and explaining what he is doing in a very clear and easily duplicatable way."