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Massage for Headaches & Neck Pain

9 Hour CE Course

Average rating based on the following evaluation questions:

  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.
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Enrollment Options

Fully Online Video, Text and Test

Contents: Video, Text and multiple-choice test all online.

$116

Text Shipped, Online Videos and Test

Contents: Video, Text and multiple-choice test all online.

$116

Description

Headaches and neck pain are both extremely common and nearly everyone has had this type of pain on occasion. In some cases the pain is more frequent and debilitating. Through this continuing education course, discover how you can assist clients in alleviating frequent headaches and neck pain.

Through online text and video, authors Sandy Fritz and Leon Chaitow will:

  • Identify types and causes of headaches and name contributing factors in the development of headaches and neck pain.
  • Describe assessment tools for identifying signs and features of headache and neck pain dysfunctions.
  • Review various massage techniques used to assess pain characteristics and address the release of fibrotic connective tissue and trigger points.
  • List signs and symptoms occurring in conjunction with headache and neck pain that would be indicative of medical attention.
  • Match massage applications with the specific pain management goals.
  • List physiological benefits of outcome based massage therapy for headache and neck pain.
  • Select specific massage strategies for treating vascular and tension headaches and neck pain.
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Testimonials

Thank you for an excellent course! The expertise of Sandy Fritz and Dr. Chaitow shine through with explanations and depictions in both the text and videos that are immediately applicable in the treatment room.

Jeremy E. Miller, LMT, BCMT

The book was well layed out as far as each chapter built upon the next. I also appreciated that the end of the chapters had the key points box. It was a nice review. The description of sequences was very clear and concise.

Cheryl Sprado, LMT

This was a great course - challenging & interesting. Thank you!

C.M. Michaels, LMT

Overall, I feel this is an excellent course with substantial content. The training videos were very good, but could have incorporated a little more repitition on complex techniques and a little less time on some demonstrations.

Jeffrey Carr, LMT

Excellent books and videos. Well written and easy to follow. All techniques I can put to use immediately in my practice. Information provided helps me understand what I can or cannot accomplish in regard to headache relief for different types of headaches.

Linda Summer, LMT

Even after 20+ years of massage, there is so much to learn! Very informative and practical. Loved the video assessments.

Judy Via Cava, LMT

Very informative and enjoyed the videos.

Lyndsey Ritchie, LMT, NCTMB

Good video and text components. I was happy to realize there was an index for easier study. Thanks!

Mark Zimmerer, LMT, NCTMB

This course provided an extensive review of protocols for the treatment of headaches and neck pain. I will be reviewing the materials again as it is very in depth.

Carol Chappell, LMT

Great program, I'll address and recommend this site for future CEU opportunities.

Megan Kohnke, LMT

This was very, very, very detailed. I learned a lot for sure. The things I didn't like were too many charts!! It distracted me from reading what I was reading. As I scrolled down to pick up where I left off, I found myself forgetting where I was because of the charts. Plus this was a little much for 9 CEUs. Seems like it'd be worth a lot more. All in all I give it a thumbs up. Thank you.

Karyl Sheridan, LMT

Very informative course. The course was very easy to read and follow. I feel that I can better serve my clients with the better understanding I have.

Sarah Massey, LMT

Great challenging course, learned some new moves. Really like the videos.

Christi Hanner, LMT

This is a very high quality course. I was very impressed with the level of information presented.

Andrea Fiscus

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify types and causes of headaches and name vital anatomic structures of the neck involved with headaches.
  • Explain symptoms of breathing pattern disorders (BPD) and how tension and vascular headaches are affected.
  • List signs and symptoms occurring in conjunction with headache and neck pain that would be indicative of medical attention.
  • Explain the implications and considerations of massage therapy for clients receiving drug treatments for tension and vascular headaches.
  • Describe pain classifications and major components of somatic and visceral pain.
  • Match the massage application with the specific pain management goal.
  • Describe the phases involved in the adaptation of load on tissues.
  • State research evidence indicating the benefits of massage for pain relief.
  • Describe assessment tools for identifying signs and features of headache and neck pain dysfunctions.
  • Name muscles involved in upper and lower crossed syndrome patterns.
  • Classify levels of pressure, direction, and patterns used in tissue palpation assessments and techniques for release.
  • Choose muscles involved in assessing muscle weakness and firing patterns.
  • Assess symptoms of breathing disorder patterns and determine corrective breathing strategies.
  • Explain the causes of fascial or fibrotic connective tissues.
  • Determine various massage techniques used to assess pain characteristics and address the release of fibrotic connective tissue and trigger points.
  • Choose the most effective muscle energy technique (MET) for addressing shortened muscles.
  • Describe characteristics and features of the Positional Release Technique (PRT) and related modalities.
  • Review the application of SCS for the upper trapezius to reduce neck pain.
  • List physiological benefits of outcome based massage therapy for headache and neck pain
  • Select the type of touch or force applied to soft tissues for the relief of headache and neck pain
  • Identify symptoms of breathing pattern dysfunctions and how they are exacerbated over time.
  • Describe the rationale behind functional assessments and techniques to address various muscles involved in headache and neck pain.
  • Select specific massage strategies for treating vascular and tension headaches and neck pain.
  • Name contributing factors in the development of headaches and neck pain.
  • Identify steps in the clinical management of soft tissue modalities to address headaches.
  • Explain how postural dysfunctions and breathing pattern disorders affect soft tissue functioning.
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