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Arthritic Conditions & Massage

1 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.

Enrollment Options

Fully Online Materials and Test

Contents: 4 original online articles; plus online multiple-choice test



Learn the role that massage can play in easing arthritic pain. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • Typical symptoms of osteoarthritis and the role massage plays in addressing this condition.
  • The five most common pathologies that cause joint pain.
  • Most common cause of arthritis in the hands with two common therapies to ease pain.
  • Five forms of psoriatic arthritis and factors contributing to it.

In the Arthritic Conditions & Massage program we've combined four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These four articles include:

  • Massage Therapy Provides Pain Relief From Osteoarthritis - Caused by the breakdown and eventual loss of cartilage of one or more joints, osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, affecting over 20 million people in the United States. Whether performed in an office or spa, discover what bodywork methods can effectively relieve the pain and discomfort of osteoarthritis.
  • When Clients Present With Joint Pain - Despite seeming to be a simple, straightforward complaint, joint pain can have several different origins. Bodyworkers who are familiar with the five most common causes of joint pain and their respective implications on massage therapy can be especially useful to joint pain riddled clients.
  • Two Treatments to Relieve Hand Arthritis - The onset of arthritis will become increasingly common as the "baby boomer" generation continues to age. Discover two methods for treating the pain, swelling and loss of movement associated with this condition.
  • Using Massage Therapy to Help Psoriatic Arthritis - Before a client with psoriatic arthritis comes to you seeking relief, make sure you know about this condition and understand when massage might aggravate it.

You can either read the articles by clicking on any of the titles above or upon enrollment you'll be able to access these articles and your online test through your online course account.

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I appreciate your courses. They are very convenient and informative. I will continue to use this site and strongly recommend it to colleagues! Thank you.

V. Kickeson, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

Well organized & concise review of subject relative to the practice of massage.

G. Martinez, LMT

Very informative. I will use the content for future reference.

D. Goynes, LMT, ABMP

I got so much out of this course that I can help and relate to with my senior massage practice. Thank you.

D. Lozon, LMT, AMTA

Excellent, great information.

D. Carpenter, LMT, AMTA

Great first experience! I will definitely be taking more classes. Thank you!

K. Bane, LMT

I thought I'd try the [Arthritic Conditions & Massage] class to check out the ease of this web site. The course content was well laid out and easy to understand. I learned a few things I will use in my practice .

G. Harmer, LMT

I was looking for on-line CEU courses and stumbled upon your organization. I found this CEU and decided to take it just to get a feel for what to expect from other courses. I enjoyed it. It was all explained well and well put together. I will definitely pass your information on to others. Thanks!

J. Knight, LMT

This was a very helpful course, as I deal with people that have little to lots of arthritis, and I really learned something from this course. Thank you for providing such alternatives.

Maria R. Vaca, LMT

Overall, I thought the information was interesting and personally helpful.

Sonya Hallman, LMT

Thank you for this course. Iit was easy to do, it didn't take much time, and it was helpful.

Lorraine Henny, LMT

Thank you! Very thorough.

Sonja Hargrove, LMT

What a great thing to know that paraffin wax will help with arthritis!!

Pam Carson, LMT

I enjoyed this course very much. I found it useful and will use it in my everyday life as well as my massage practice.

Kay A. Bene, LMT, NCTMB

Good information to know. Thanks again!

David Dilling, LMT

Great succinct information. Thank you.

Julie A. Stark, LMT

This course is magnificent. So many people that I know have some form of arthritis; including myself from a car accident. I have been using some of these techniques on myself and have been reaping the benefits. Now I will be able to help my clients more efficiently. Thank you.

Carolyn Stubbs, LMT

The material was easy to understand and there was a continuum of information. To the point and not wandering to other unrelated territory. Much appreciated!

Jacqueline Bontzolakes, LMT, NCTMB

Very informative!

Sandra Worthington, CMT

Easy to follow and many ways to acsess information on website

Maria Cortese, LMT

Fantastic! Painless!

Stacy Schrier-Bausch, LMT

I would recommend this course to anyone. I have taken several courses from the Institute for Integrative Healthcare.

Jacqueline Coleman, LMT, NCTMB

I appreciate the ease of understanding in this informative and valuable course. Will definitely recommend it to my colleagues.

Margaret Leighton, LMT, NCTMB

Easy to follow and to understand.

Robin Hughes, LMT

Thank you! Well presented & very informative.

Tanya Dixon

Very clear & concise - I enjoyed the presentation of the material, and the website; the test questions were well written and relevant. I'm looking forward to receiving the Massage Professionals Update newsletter for more information.

Natalie Beversluis, NCTMB

I loved the pictures and diagrams. The pictures stay in my mind longer. Very helpful!

Lynetta Bogrand, LMT

Very nice, almost fun. Great info for my clients.

Cy Jenkins, LMT

Very useful! Thank you!

Alicia Chance, NCTMB

Professionally worded material and content focused exam. Well done!

Catriona St. George, CMT, NCTMB

The topic was interesting and the information was well-covered and easy to comprehend.

Jeanette Polizzi, LMT

it was interesting as many of my clients are over 50 with arthritic conditions

Lisa Okochi, LMT

Well organized & concise review of subject relative to the practice of massage.

Georgina Martinez, LMT

Great Continuing Ed & learned more things I didn't know.

Nancy Hudspeth, LMT, NCTMB

Rheumatoid Arthritis runs in my family on both sides, so I wanted to take this class to learn more about each kind of arthritis and possible massage treatments I can use. It was an informative class.

Shari Clark, LMT

Very informative. I will use the text for future reference.

Dana Goynes, LMT

I was pleased to see psoriatic arthritis included in this course. I suffer from it, and my traditional physicians have never seemed to understand it. I also have a client with a severe case. Of course, I have many who suffer from other, various forms of arthritis as well, so this was a course I needed to take!

Sara Baack, LMT

I got so much out of this course that I can help and relate to with my senior massage practice. Thank you

Donna Lozon, LMT

I enjoyed the course. It helped me understand how massage helps arthritis and understand how to explain that to my clients. I would like more information on rheumatoid arthritis, it was only touched on briefly.

Alexis Lester, LMT, NCTMB

This course was very informative being I mainly work with the elderly. It will help inform and understand my client individuals needs better. :)

Jessica Gerard, LMT

I have osteoarthritis and practice body touch with a small client (receiver) base, this course was very important to me. I am also looking to provide some good relief from psoriatic arthritis for my Dad (who is 95) and the information presented will be very helpful as I suggest some light touch he can provide for himself while seated. Thanks.

Jake Strauss-Williams

I really can use this information in working with my clients

Barbara Erickson, LMT, NCTMB

It was very interesting and I learned several new things.

Jeanette Houghtaling, LMT

I had a few ah- ha moments!

Stephen Smith, LMBT, NCTMB

Simple, clear, and easy to understand.

Star Johnsen-Moser, LMT

Great course. Much was a review but I still learned some new things.

Katherine Enz, LMT, NCTMB

I loved this course - it was very informative and educational!

Hailey Canerday, LMT

Informative course applicable to massage therapy. Great course.

Linda Devine, LMT

I was very inpressed with this course and learned some interesting things. Thank you for keeping it interesting

Patricia Schuster, LMT

The reading material was great. I had already know about paraffin treatment. I knew a little about Balneotherapy. I thought it was a good idea that one still had to read the informationto find "the answers".

Kathleen Warm, LMT

I thought this course was very interesting. It was clear and concise.

Rita Caracciolo, LMT

Great course on a subject I can relate to. New and wonderful information that I've learned and certainly can use to aid my clients in their wellness journey.

Heather Dillon, LMT

Learned a lot about Psoriatic Arthritis. Thank you!

Susan Morgan, LMT, NCTMB

The material was extremely well organized, interesting, and clearly written. I learned some important new facts about my clients, and will be able to look out for some types of joint issues with new clients in the future.

Cathy Reed, LMT

It was informative and not overly wordy, I liked that.

Bernard Ventura

Thank you for the course! It was user friendly and packed with great information. Thank you!

Lori Lewis, LMT

I love that I can print out all the information and read and re-read it before taking the test. I learned a lot!

Colleen Quinn, LMT, NCTMB

You learn something new everyday and I absolutely learned a lot about Arthritic Conditions & Massage. This will be very helpful in my practice. Thank You very much for being able to take CE Classes simple and comprehensive. I will absolutely recommend anyone to try this out.

Rachel Smith, LMT

Informative and interesting course. Thank you

Martha Taylor, LMT

Thank you for this fun and informative course. I look forward to using my knowledge with my clients :) I feel a huge boost of confidence now when dealing with those who suffer from arthritis and similar conditions discussed in this course.

Rebecca Crouse, NCTMB

This was my first on-line CEU and it was a great introduction to this type of study. The content was clear, concise and very easy reading/interpretation. Thank you.

Cathy Berk, LMT

Useful, focused course.

Patricia Wald-Hopkins, LMT

Another great course and frequently encountered condition!

Laura Kaprelian, LMT, NCTMB

Your courses are well-presented and easy to understand. Tests are fair in that they are well-connected to the course text, and are not designed to be "tricky".

Nancy Silverforb, NCTMB

Like that you can take online...and don't need to waste paper by printing material. Also Can go online and have all classes you have taken there for you to print up when needed.

Shelly Schulz-Borris, NCTMB

Thank you for clear and concise information and testing.

Cathy Nail, LMT

Easily read and understood, with interesting information.

Caroline Norbury, LMT, NCTMB

This course was very helpful and informative.

Catherine Monahan, LMT

I liked the way that I could download the test to read, answer the questions, and then go online to take my test. The test was short enough to get done in a timely manner and held my interest throughout.

Mary Lou Mason, LMT, NCTMB

Thanks for the information on psoriatic arthritis. This was new to me. The rest of the course was and excellent review!

Vciki Willcox, RMT

The courses are so well written and a joy to learn from. The staff is always so helpful and polite.

Lou Dwyer, CMT, NCTMB

This was my first experience and it was a good one. I plan to take more classes from you in the future. Thank you for providing this service.

Karen Buber, LMT

Great first experience! I will definitely be taking more classes. Thank you!

Melissa Rich, LMT

Great info and straight to the point.

Michele Peterson

I enjoyed this course & look forward to learning from future courses through the Institute.

Carlene Pfeister, LMT

I have taken many online courses, and I found this one to contain well written and interesting information. It is something that I can take use in my practice.

Kelleigh Jones-Coles, LMT

To the point questions and answers. Very helpful

Karen Baker, LMT

This course was very informative and simple to take. Thank you for providing this information.

Sandra Teague, LMT

This online courses (Institute for Integrative Studies) is very helpful and informative. I gained more knowledge how to handle the pain and stress of the clients. I will get more courses here. Thank you.

Rosalina Houser, LMT

Thought this program was awesome.

Wendy Merriman, LMT

VERY helpful. I see a lot of baby boomer clients with arthritis!

Sharon Smith, LMT

I appreciate the knowledge this course offered. I feel like I can better assist my clients now.

Amanda Kelley, LMT

This course was very helpful as a number of my clients have different forms of arthritis. It was a great refresher course on how best to help them cope with their condition. Thank you.

Susan Bienieck, LMT

The information in the course material was clear and concise : D

Adzowa Gedjeah, LMBT

Good course easy to understand! Need to do more online courses in the future! Thank You

Michelle Walters, LMT

i like that you didnt over complicate the course. It was clear and easy to follow.

Tanya Denchfield, LMBT

Very affordable, well laid out material and easy to understand.

Bruna Mead, LMT, NCTMB

This course was great to know for myself and my clients will also benefit from my knowledge that I had gained.

Charley Madden, LMT, NCTMB

This was my first course and thoroughly enjoyed the materials.

Nikki Samuels

This is a easy way of gaining additional knowledge. I work in a Chiropractic office with my husband and see patients with arthritis every day.

Kimberly Richards, LMT

Excellent review and quick reference for indications, treatment and contraindications! This review is quick and straight to the point so you if you need a reference, you can take out your paper to review if needed. Great information and I learned a few things as well after 13 years of being a therapist!

Kristen Crotzer, LMT, NCTMB

I found the information interesting and very simple. I would gladly recommend this course.

Liz Velez, LMT

Awesome, I am from Australia and these resources are wonderful. Thanks

Kathryn Underwood

This course was fantastic.Very informative, interesting and easy to understand.It provided me with valuable information that will be extremely helpful in treating clients.

Patricia Lumpp, LMT

Was interesting and I learned some things I wasn't aware of!

Donna Costa, LMT, NCTMB

This is my first CE online course and I really enjoyed it!

Michele Gorman, LMT

Great Course! Very helpful!

Nancy Hudspeth, LMT, NCTMB

It was very helpful and I was able to comprehend it; as i have a comprehension problem.

Jessica Britton, LMT

Thanks for the opportunity, I will definitely be taking more courses in the future!

Jennifer Greenwood

This course was easy to comprehend.

Drucilla Brown, LMT

I really enjoyed taking the course and it fits my schedule perfectly.

Farrah Farrior, LMBT

Thank you, this was great.

Christina Zantman, CMT

This course helped clarify questions I had concerning patients who have been diagnosed with arthritis. I was not so familiar with psoriatic arthritis until I met a patient where I worked. Review of the material presented here is most valuable. Thanks.

Joani Glasser, LMP

I appreciate the test questions being straight forward and to the point. Not like many online courses that change just one word and make the entire question ridiculous. Thank you for offering this course~

Rayshell Berry, LMT, NCTMB

I will definitely be inquiring about other courses through the institute. The material was very easy to follow and the test question were easy to follow as well. It is very hard for the to find hands on massage therapy continuing education in my area; also with my full time job it is difficult for me to receive out of town courses on the weekends, so your online institution will be my go to for courses. I will also be recommending these courses to others in the area. Thank you so very much for your help.

Mary Lacy Williamson, LMBT

Very interesting! I was pleased to see the section on Psoriatic Arthritis, I find it particularly interesting.

Heidi Mayo, LMT

I sent for another course when I signed up for this one, and I am very pleased that I did. I look forward to the material's arrival so that I may delve into the course immediately! Thank you so much for the opportunity to take this class.

Leslie Carter

Learned some new material I had not previously known (or had forgotten). Easy to read, especially since I don't have long stretches of time between clients to read uninterrupted.

Maryann Overstreet, LMT, NCTMB

I liked the audio portion of the course the most.

Ying Gao, LMT

thank you for making this available its a great way to study for busy moms like me :)

Claudia Goicoechea, LMT

The course was surprisingly easy and very informative. I really enjoyed it and know I will be able to use it in my line of work every day.

Frank Sarantopoulos, LMT, NCTMB

Good, clear, concise information presented in an organized way. It was both verbally and visually interesting.

Michele Cacano, LMP

Thought this material was interesting and informative.

Celeste Berger, LMT, NCTMB

Thanks for gathering and presenting this information. I found it very interesting and am excited to share my new-found knowledge.

Kristine Maravelas, NCTMB

This course was very valuable to me because i work with Arthritic releases and teach some very useful techniques for Arthritis

Patricia Leedom, LMT

This course was very informative and met my personal expectations. I gained new knowledge on areas of interest that I am eager to incorporate in daily client intakes/sessions.

Vivian Bethea, CMT

Easy and Fun...thank you

Billie Fioretto, LMT, NCTMB

I really liked this course and I am going to look into doing more of the article classes!

Colleen Lang, LMT, NCTMB

Very easy course to follow. Looking forward to taking more!

Alexandra Franks, LMT

Excellent course. Good information about arthritic conditions.

Shirley Stalgis, LMT

Liked the article on psoriatic arthritis. Very helpful as I knew very little about it as a massage therapist.

Jackie Allen, LMT

I enjoy these courses very much. In a small amount of time, much is gained. Thank you.

Linda A. Paris, LMT

Very interesting, informative and well presented as have been the previous 3 courses I completed. Some of the information will be very helpful with my work. Thanks so much!

Lana Lytle, LMT

Very interesting material. I am also a licensed manicurist and have used this information for clients with arthritis. Gave me another edge in my services with paraffin treatments.

Diane Whiteman, LMT, NCTMB

I felt that the course did provide information that I did not know and it will be helpful in my practice. I like learning new information regarding massage and am pleased with the information provided. Very Helpful.

Virginia Simonin, LMT

I enjoyed the reading on Psoriatic Arthritis and the Paraffin wax.

Carolyn F. Battle, LMT

The pictures added visual knowledge about arthritis, making the topic easy to understand. I will use this knowledge in my massage therapy practice.

Janet Ruckrigl, LMT, NCTMB

This is a great course to take as we live in an aging population and there is an increase in Arthritis. As a Massage Therapist it is very helpful to be able to identify the different types of Arthritis and how to treat them. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS COURSE!

Vickie Sweeney, LMT

This course was enlightening to me as a massage therapist with arthritis.

Stella Riccardi, LMT

Great and informative class.

Kaye Wolverton, LMT

By taking this course it gave more a basic understanding about Arthritis and how to treat it.

Tina LaCross, LMT, NCTMB

I enjoyed the course greatly and plan on taking more classes!!

Serjio Gutierrez, LMT

I like being able to print out the info for future reference. Also, the audio on my computer is nice for added input for me. Thank you

Vincent Petralis, LMT

Course is very organized and clear which make it easy and pleasant to read ;)

Piotr Natkowski

The audio was super helpful!

Kenneth Peddle, RMT

Good material on situations we see or are asked about on a daily basis especially if you work with the elderly. It helps to reread & test yourself periodically or just having the reminders available.

Judy Lacy, LMT

A good primer on arthritic conditions and massage.

Kirsten Watts, LNT

Great new studies and info! More info on psoriatic arthritis than most anything else in continuing education that I've read.

Matthew Rogers, LMT

Excellent content, as always. Thank you!

Richard Seguin III, LMBT

I really enjoyed the info on arthritis. I have been out of nursing for many years, but found information in this program that I had never learned in nursing and helpful suggestions in working with my massage clients.

Jeanne Knauer, LMBT

Great refresher on joint conditions for those that already learned about them in a general Pathology course. If you haven't, you'll quickly gain a good amount of detailed information about these ailments.

Jennifer Blair, LMT

It is nice to have up to date material and references for arthritic conditions and how massage can be an important part in helping people with these issues.

Judy Anderson, LMT, BCTMB

I really liked this course. While I am a healthcare provider in addition to being a Massage Therapist, I still learned several new things. Thank you!

Karyn MacKenzie Fajardo, LMP

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify the typical symptoms and treatment of osteoarthritis and describe the role of massage therapy in addressing the condition.
  • Identify and describe the five most common pathologies that can cause joint pain as well as explain when bodywork may or may not be indicated for relief.
  • Describe the common cause of arthritis in the hand as well as two common therapies that may be used by massage therapists to ease the pain.
  • Define the term psoriatic arthritis and identify its five forms, as well as identify the factors contributing to its development and the roles massage therapy can play in easing symptoms.
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