Video Course: Understanding and Treating the Four Common Rotator Cuff Injuries

Ben Benjamin, PhD

Rotator cuff injuries are common but can be complicated to assess and treat. Dr. Ben Benjamin teaches this highly technical and complex material with a clear and accessible step-by-step approach. Follow along as he teaches anatomy palpation of the rotator cuff tendons, assessment tests to determine the injured muscle or tendon, friction therapy techniques, and injury rehabilitation protocols to address the most commonly injured structures in the shoulder. This information-packed course will prepare you to assess and treat the four common rotator cuff injuries.

This course was featured during the 2018 ABMP CE Summit: Common Client Conditions.


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Course Outline
  • Introduction and general concepts
  • Essential principles of injury assessment and treatment
  • Referred pain
  • Shoulder anatomy
  • Anatomy palpation
  • Taking a history
  • Shoulder tests
  • Assessment and treatment: injury profiles
  • Friction therapy: guidelines, techniques, and protocols
  • Tendon injury exercise program
Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the palpation techniques for the rotator cuff muscles and tendons.
  • Define referred pain as it pertains to rotator cuff injuries.
  • List the questions to ask during a detailed client history conversation.
  • Identify the tests to perform to determine the injured muscle and/or tendon.
  • Describe the friction therapy techniques to use to address a rotator cuff injury.
  • List the steps in the tendon injury exercise program.
Ben Benjamin, PhD

Ben Benjamin, PhD, has been practicing massage since 1963, and founded the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1974. Dr. Benjamin enhanced his practice by studying under Dr. James Cyriax, widely known for his pioneering work in orthopedic medicine. He maintains a private practice, consults on ethics cases as an expert witness, and leads seminars on ethics, communication, and injury assessment and treatment. With a passion for helping individuals cope with and overcome pain, Dr. Benjamin has been lecturing internationally for more than 35 years. He is also the author of Listen to Your Pain, Are You Tense?, Exercise Without Injury, and coauthor of The Ethics of Touch. He was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2010. For more information, visit his website at

Topics and Techniques

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!


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

How do I earn a CE certificate for this video-based course?
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.

How do I access my CE certificates?
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.


"A wealth of valuable information on both understanding and treatment of shoulder injuries.  Very detailed and well presented."

"Great! Extremely clear and easy to understand. I especially appreciated his instructions on how to find the rotator cuff tendons on the body. Very effective having the slides included in the handout."

"I loved the way the course was presented. It was very informative, and I will be using this information in my practice."

"Many of my clients have shoulder pain and I am certain the protocols I learned in this course will better help me to treat them. Thant you!"

"Solid course with quality information, demonstration, and treatment methodology."

"This was the BEST and most useful CEU I've had in 20 years! This is something I'll use every day with my clients!"