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The Ultimate Upper Quarter

Presenter: Tanya Bell-Jenje

Target Audience: Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Biokineticists, Sports Physiologists, Rehabiilitation Professionals

Courses For Healthcare Professionals

Join Tanya Bell-Jenje for this 12-hour course focused on the assessment and rehabilitation of upper quarter pain and dysfunction

Course Price

Cost: R2950

Upper and Lower Quarter Deal

Combo Price of R4800 if you sign up for Upper and Lower Quarter together. Sign Up Here

If you have done the Lower Quarter you can do the Upper Quarter for only R2400. Email for payment link


12 CEUs

3-month Access to Recordings

The course manual is only available in digital format and is non-downloadable

A course Manual can be purchased and will be couriered to you for an additional R200 (For South African Participants Only)

To order the manual click here


Course Testimonials


"Great new way of thinking towards upper limb rehab. "

"As a new graduate, this taught me understanding and clinical reasoning when prescribing exercises."

"This was by far the best course on the shoulder that I have done,so comprehensive and well taught,so much effort put it! Thank you so much Tanya!"

"The course was very informative and I enjoyed it a lot because it teaches you about things that you can use in every day clinical practice. It is a must do if you are working with shoulder patients."

"I really learnt so much and it challenged my clinical reasoning process. I definitely feel it has improved my skills and will benefit my patients. Planning to do the lower quarter course too."

"Tanya's knowledge on the upper quarter is current and evidence-based. She has an engaging lecturing style and this is one of the best courses I have done in a while. Thank you for an excellent course."

"I absolutely loved this course!! If you have any doubt on your evaluation skills or treatment plans of shoulder patients- this course is an absolute must! This course helped improve my clinical view of the shoulder and let me be excited about seeing a shoulder patient in my practice!!"

"I loved how applicable this course was for my practice, (even as a Physio working predominantly with children). I learnt a great deal and look forward to incorporating the principles and techniques I have learnt. I found it very helpful to be able to attend this course online and re-watch the videos."


The Upper Quarter is an integrated physiological system both anatomically & biomechanically.
For this reason, assessment & management of upper quarter pain & dysfunction should respect various co-relationships for best outcomes.

 On this course you will learn to:
  • Understand the biomechanics and clinical anatomy of the glenohumeral, scapulo-thoracic, scapulo-humeral and cervico-thoracic regions in a unique, clinically applicable manner.

  • Recognise abnormal scapular and glenohumeral positional changes and its effect on the presenting pathology.

  • Understand & identify the causative factors in various upper quarter syndromes.

  • Predict risk for future injury of the upper quarter.

  • Assess the upper quarter in detail. This assessment is unique, providing maximum information with minimum tests. A novel assessment form is provided for immediate use in your treatment rooms.

  • Use clinical reasoning to identify source of symptoms and the appropriate management.

  • Learn to reason where you should start with management: with glenohumeral or scapular or cervical dysfunction. Which is the chicken & which is the egg?

  • Correctly teach your patient selected stabilisation strategies (to improve motor control & control of the neutral) of the craniovertebral, scapula and glenohumeral joints from the initial acute phase (in neutral) to full return to their pre-injury level.

  • Pre-habilitate injury risk factors to prevent injury, minimise costs and allow the professional athlete to be less hampered by persistent injury.

  • Correctly employ Myofascial release techniques to connective tissues with restricted extensibility, such as Levator scapulae, Pectoralis minor, Infraspinatus and Teres minor.

  • Progress rehabilitation in functionally ideal positions for optimal return to the patients’ pre-injury level.


About Tanya Bell-Jenje


Tanya is a Manual Therapist (OMT), international lecturer and developer of the Groovi Movements Physio Software.

She is a founder of Bell Rogers & Harris Physiotherapists and a Director of ‘Off Nicol Health Wellness & Rehab’ in Johannesburg, South Africa. Earlier career and life experiences revolved around her position as Physiotherapist for various National Sports & Teams such as South African Mens Cricket and Ladies Hockey.

Tanya went on to serve as an honorary lecturer at Wits University and has lectured and presented at orthopaedic congresses and physiotherapy workshops throughout the world. As she continues to study and instruct on the interplay of biomechanics and kinematics, Tanya promotes an integrated approach to injury diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Course Outline

This 12 hour online live webinar course includes the following:

Part 1:

Core concepts for the Upper Quarter: neutral zone, muscle sleeve etc
Understanding muscle classification

Update on evidence for neck pain

Give & restriction

Optimal C0/1 & C1/2 movement

Importance of the cervical lordosis


Part 2:

Overview of the Scapula & optimal arthrokinematics

Glenohumeral joint & optimal arthrokinematics

Clinically relevant Anatomy

The Diaphragm: Link between neck pain & breathing


Part 3:

Clinically applied Anatomy with Best exercises

Workshop / homework

Assessment principles

Posture assessment

Part 4:

Party tricks

Cranio-vertebral neutral

GH neutral (Schlurpping?)

Scap neutral


Part 5:

Rotator cuff related pain syndrome

Scapular vs GH dysfunction: where & when to start

Impingement tests – relevance?

Improvements tests


Part 6:

Treatment options

Case examples

Combo Deal: 

Sign up for the Lower and Upper Quarter for only R4800 (6-month access)

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