When the multifidus muscles are short and high tone they may contribute to facet joint dysfunction.

Discal dysfunction may inhibit the multifidi and make them weak, predisposing your client to more discal dysfunction.

The multifidus muscles are considered deep muscles, but in this course you will learn that they are medial muscles and this makes all the difference in palpation and treatment.

In the Multifidus Muscle online course you'll learn:

  • Multifidus anatomy - attachment points, actions, palpation

  • Multifidus dysfunction - trigger point referral, relationship with facet joint and disc dysfunction

  • Multifidus assessment - palpation for fullness, hypertonicity, trigger point referral, facet joint play, recruitment testing

  • How to determine the tone and potential effects of the multifidi upon segmental spinal mechanics

  • How to apply tapping and facilitation techniques with precision and effectiveness to facilitate multifidus recruitment and help your clients avoid failed back syndrome

  • Treatment - short/hypertonic multifidi, weak/inhibited multifidi

  • Homecare - stretching the multifidi, facilitation of multifidi with co-recruitment of the transversus abdominis and pelvic floor

These key caution/contraindication issues are taught in the course and tested in the online exam:

  • Identifying multifidus wasting and when not to stretch the multifidi and avoid worsening intersegmental instabilit

  • Avoiding traumatisation of discal injuries through flexion loading

Learn Multifidus anatomy, dysfunction, assessment and treatment to help clients help clients optimize their myofascial core.

Just $78.75 CAD (including tax) for one year access.

This course is approved for 2 primary credits with the MTAA.


  • Who is this course for?

    This course is designed for Massage Therapists and other manual therapy practitioners.

  • What is the cost of this course?

    The course fee is $78.75 CAD (including tax)which gives you 1 year access to all of the course material in the online learning center.

  • How long do I have to complete the course once I have purchased it?

    You have 1 year from the date of purchase to complete all e-healthcanada.com courses, and you can access your courses 24/7 online from any device.

  • How do I get continuing education credit for this course?

    Please check with your association in advance as to how you can receive credit for this course. MTAA members need only to submit a copy of your certificate of completion to your association, but this may vary for non-members.

  • Will I be able to retake the exam if I am not successful on my first try?

    Yes, you can retake the exam as many times as needed.

Learn how to evaluate and treat the multifidus muscle and help clients optimize their myofascial core.

Just $78.75 CAD (including tax) for one year access.

This course is approved for 2 primary credits with the MTAA.