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The Ultimate Guide to Shoulder Health

The Ultimate Guide to Shoulder Health

The Ultimate Guide to Shoulder Health

This course includes
1:52:35 of Course Material (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
The instructors
This course was recorded in November 2020


In this video series we break down shoulder health strategies, offer solutions to self-assess, correct your own imbalances and techniques to treat your pain at home!

As a SPECIAL BONUS, Tom has included steps for exploring every element to the path of completing a well-formed muscle-up exercise!

The shoulder joint is one of the most common areas of the body prone to injury due to the complexity of its design and mobility available to it. The variety of exercises used to strengthen the shoulder and the muscles around it are abundant, but none more versatile and impressive than the strict muscle-up.

When performed correctly and with strict form, it can be an excellent exercise to develop strength and flexibility in the shoulder complex and as an upper body push-pull combination.


Short Video Overview:


Learning Objectives  

  • Prevent shoulder injuries with quick, proven strategies
  • The do's and don'ts of training when it comes to joint longevity
  • Learn the 7 pillars of healthy shoulders and 3 steps you can do at home to treat your pain
  • Learn how to self-screen and correct imbalances, strengthen and stabilize
  • Improve your overall mobility 
  • Treat old painful injuries using sound training and rehabilitation principles


What Will Be Covered: 

  • Quick screening for mobility imbalances
  • The 7 Principle Pillars for a healthy shoulder and 3 Practical Pillars
  • Corrective exercise techniques with the use of foam rollers, bands, kettlebells, and body weight exercises
  • Progressive mobility and strength program for the shoulder girdle complex, hips and thoracic spine
  • Progressive exercise techniques to safely perform the strict muscle-up on the Olympic rings and straight bar
  • Participants will receive a small booklet of the exercises taught with brief descriptions of each so they can continue to practice safe effective techniques.

This is a live recording of a progressive, interactive, and hands-on workshop you can easily do in the comfort of your own home!



You will also receive complimentary access to Tom's introductory course on Embodia: 'Taking the Complexity out of the Shoulder Complex: A Hierarchical Approach to Assessment, Treatment, and Movement Prescription'



This course is for all rehabilitation professionals including, but not limited to: physiotherapists/physical therapists, occupational therapists, kinesiologists, athletic therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, and PTA/OTAs.


CEU Approved:

NASM X 0.4 CEUs / AFFA X 4 CEUs / CATA X 1.2 CEUs

The instructors
Tom Swales

Tom Swales is a practicing physiotherapist and strength coach with a particular focus on human movement. He is the founder and creator of Swales Performance Systems (SPS), which educates advanced knowledge of human movement. Toms work and ideas are at the forefront of fitness, conditioning, injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Tom completed his Bachelor of the Arts in Athletic Training with honours at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa while on a soccer scholarship in 2002. He continued on to complete his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Western Ontario in 2006. He holds many advance diplomas and certifications specializing in manual therapy, acupuncture, strength and conditioning and concussion management. He has been a physiotherapist and strength coach for the Canadian Men’s Alpine Ski Team, a Lead Medical Practitioner for Soccer at the TO Pan Am Games as well has a loyal clientele of elite / professional athletes.

Tom’s treatment philosophy includes using manual techniques, acupuncture to restore normal joint and soft tissue mobility, then supplementing it with functional corrective exercise techniques and movement strategies to prevent injury re-occurrence. Patient education on their injury and understanding of how and where movement is produced is an integral part in our treatment philosophy and preventive strategies.

Through his work, Tom has the vision to empower people and help them gain confidence in their potential and abilities. His whole body approach and empathetic character complement his extensive experience perfectly, allowing him to guide his clients through their issues and through the challenge of achieving the healthy bodies they deserve.

Tom teaches his approach to fellow professionals in the health and wellness industry to offer workshops in movement foundations and whole body exercise therapy. Toms integrated knowledge across the fields of human movement, strength and performance has given him the foundation to create a user-friendly framework for assessment and prescription of exercise for all types of physical mobility impairments.

Tom’s social life is busy, filled with clinical work, speaking engagements, writing, self-enhancement and family time with his wife and two young children.

Checkout Tom’s professional development site:

Course Material included in this course
  • Introduction
  • Movement Checks
  • Breathing
  • Posture
  • Grip
  • Thoracic Mobility Check
  • Thoracic
  • Thoracic Correctives
  • Scapular Stability
  • Primary Core Exercises
  • Primary Core Exercise Rolling
  • Secondary Core Exercises
  • Shoulder Joint
  • Shoulder Flexion
  • Wallpress Sit-Back
  • Straight Arm Pulling
  • Straight Arm Pulling 2
  • Straight Arm Pulling: Tuck/Hollow Cable Pulls
  • Straight Arm Pulling: Kettlebells
  • Reliable Shoulder Flexion Mobility
  • The 3 Practical Pillars Introduction
  • Crawl
  • Crawl Tabletop
  • Carry
  • Climbing
  • Arm Bars
  • Half-Kneel Press
  • Turkish Getup
  • Hanging Wipers Arm Pretzel
  • Progression and Patterning
  • Progressions and Patterning 2
  • Grip Rope
  • Overhand Rope Pull Up Demonstration
  • Rope Grip Floor Assisted
  • Rope Grip Work: Sled Pull + Overhand Grip Sled Pull
  • Muscle Up
  • Bar Muscle Up: Kip
  • Ring Muscle Up: Strict
  • Ring Muscle Up Grip Reset
  • Finishing Statement
  • Video Feedback
After successfully finishing the course, you will receive a certificate of completion. This course has gained approval and been granted Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the following accredited organizations:
  • The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) X 0.4 CEUs
  • Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFFA) X 4 CEUs
  • Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA)  X 1.2 CEUs

In order for the appropriate CEU information to be displayed on your certificate of completion, please add your CEU jurisdiction information on your Embodia profile. Learn how to do so in this guide.

While the course does not require specific prerequisites, possessing a fundamental grasp of exercise and access to basic fitness equipment, such as resistance bands or dumbbells, could prove advantageous for certain segments of the course.

The course materials, consisting of videos and a digital manual, offer over 2 hours of content that you can progress through at your convenience. These resources are available 24/7, enabling you to learn and practice at your preferred time.

The shoulder joint is a marvel of complexity and mobility, but it's also one of the most susceptible areas of the body to injury. That's why we've created this comprehensive on-demand workshop, designed to empower you with the knowledge and strategies to maintain healthy shoulders for a lifetime.

Throughout this workshop, we cover a range of valuable topics, including:
  • How to self-screen and correct imbalances, strengthen and stabilize
  • The 7 Principle Pillars for a healthy shoulder and 3 Practical Pillars
  • Corrective exercise techniques utilizing foam rollers, bands, kettlebells, and bodyweight exercises
  • Progressive program focusing on mobility and strength for the shoulder girdle complex, hips, and thoracic spine
  • Special Bonus: Step-by-step guidance to safely perform the strict muscle-up on Olympic rings and a straight bar.
  • Prevent shoulder injuries with quick proven strategies
Prevent Shoulder Injuries: Learn quick and proven strategies to safeguard your shoulders from injury.
Train for Long-Term Joint Health: Discover the do's and don'ts of training to ensure your shoulders remain strong and resilient.
7 Pillars of Healthy Shoulders: Master the 7 essential principles for shoulder health and gain access to 3 easy steps you can perform at home to alleviate pain.
Self-Screen and Correct Imbalances: Become adept at self-screening and correcting mobility imbalances, all while strengthening and stabilizing your shoulders.
Treat Old Injuries: Effectively treat old injuries using sound training and rehabilitation principles. 
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