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CORE App Review
July 27, 2015 | by Christine McCormack

As a Massage Therapist, you will commonly deal with referrals from other allied health professionals. But what happens when someone comes in with something you haven’t heard of? This is all part of the reality of different disciplines working together, so before you panic, this is where the CORE app can come in handy!

What it does

CORE is a valuable and credible reference tool offering over 400 medically referenced clinical tests. It provides descriptions of the tests, video footage and a step by step guide for executing the assessments.

The available tests were selected using stringent criteria to ensure their accuracy and validity. All the information in the app is referenced from medical literature.

Who's it for?

This is a fantastic tool for Remedial and manual therapists to assist in assessing clients presenting with musculoskeletal issues. Therapists consulting with other practitioners can benefit greatly when referring clients as it offers a point of reference and a common language they can converse with. This can only contribute to providing the client the excellent service and best possible outcome.

How it works

Navigating your way around CORE is easy. Either choose the name of the test, the area of the body you need to test or simply touch the skeleton over the body part requiring the investigation. At this point an extensive lists of tests appears for the user to choose from.

After deciding of the appropriate test you have three options. The first is to follow written instructions which can act as a review if you are familiar with the test. The second is a YouTube video with written instructions demonstrating the test and the third is the option to download video footage you can save for future reference.

Up side to downloading, all tests can be downloaded, they also have audio attached and are always available even if offline. Any tests that are not applicable can be deleted from the library. The downside it is there is an minimal cost involved in downloading the footage and it takes up over 1GB of storage.


Have to give this one four out of five stars. The app is easy to use, reliable, informative and credible. There is a cost involved, $49.95 and a further cost for downloading the video footage if you choose but the cost is far less that of a reference book. Winner!


Christine is a Massage and Fitness Coach at the Australian Institute of Fitness in WA. She also practices as a Remedial Therapist, Personal Trainer, Movement Therapist, and Institute of Motion Trainer, with a focus on functional movement and rehabilitation.

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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