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Chronic Pain & 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



Earn credits through articles you've already read in our Massage Professionals Update e-newsletter.

In a recent survey, more than half of American's that had a massage said that they did so to relieve pain. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • The categories of chronic pain and how lifestyle impacts its development.
  • The definition of complex regional pain syndrome and how massage therapy may reduce symptoms.
  • Two natural topical pain relievers and the protocol for use in massage therapy.
  • How a massage practitioner can influence a client's perception of pain.

In the Chronic Pain & Massage - What You Should Know program we've combined four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These four articles include:

  • What Massage Therapists Should Know About Chronic Pain - Unhealthy lifestyle habits are known to contribute to the development of cancer or cardiovascular disease, but few people know that they can also foster chronic pain.
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Massage Therapy - Chronic pain is a complaint massage therapists hear from many clients. The causes vary from pain as a result of injury or accident to post-surgery pain. There may be times that the actual cause is unknown or elusive. Learn more about complex regional pain syndrome, a chronic and often debilitating form of pain that may be helped by the use of massage therapy.
  • 2 Natural Topical Pain Relievers - Chronic muscular pain is the number one complaint encountered by bodyworkers. Learn what two natural substances are considered to be superior pain-relievers by both the Western and complementary medical communities.
  • A Practitioner's Influence on Client's Pain - With so many consumers living with chronic pain, massage therapists astutely study and practice techniques aimed toward pain relief. However, the most potent tool for helping a client overcome their pain resides in the therapist's head - not in their hands.

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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Your courses never under deliver. Impressed once again!

V. Dickeson, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

Very interesting! Challenged my knowledge. Thank you for the research.

M. McEndree, LMT

Actually less than an hour to complete and it is nice to print the material and have the article to look up more information. Thanks

Mary Gosling, LMT, NCTMB

Enjoyed learning more about chronic pain.

Kelly Green

Very informative, would recommend to even an experienced therapist!

Lucille Nelson, LMT

Wonderfull course...I feel so educated and informed.

Marshey Smith, LMT

It was very helpful.

Rae Depner, LMP

Very interesting! challenged my knowledge. Thank you for the research

Melanie Mcendree, LMBT

This course has provided me with information to help my clients understand chronic pain.

Barbara Erickson, LMT, NCTMB

The course was great. Very well organized and to the point. Very easy to understand and grasp.

Lauren Dielman, LMT, NCTMB

Wow!!! I learned a lot of new things that were not covered in school.

Jeanette Houghtaling, LMT

This course is great, I love that I can print the material and go back to it as a refresher when i need it. This course met my expectations and this site is very user friendly, making life a lot easier for me when im taking these courses at home with 2 children. I will be recommending this site to my students on Monday!

Jennifer N., LMT

Enjoyed this course. I wish they had a I, II, and III for more information and credits.

Andi Fulena, CMT

Simple, direct, and to the point.

Betsy Prucha, LMBT

I enjoyed this course - I learned a lot!

Hailey Canerday, LMT

The text was easy to read and understand, applicable to my profession, and I was able to complete this course in the comfort of my home.

Carla Green, LMT, NCTMB

Very informative...will continue CE from this site. Thanks!

Ruby Lee Tunstall, LMT

Very informative and I learned new information for approaching pain relief facilitation with my clients. Thank you!

Susan Morgan, LMT, NCTMB

Great course!

Martha Taylor, LMT

I enjoy taking these courses at my own pace and the material is interesting.

Amanda Downour, LMT

This course validates what I've been doing all along. Thank you for the refresher and the info and facts that makes massage so interesting and beneficial.

Evelyn Clarke, LMT

Very informative. Thank you.

Joan Lafty, LMT, NCTMB

Great course..will be doing more here:)

Melisssa Black

This was well laid out and easily understood. The questions and answers were applicable, and not complicated.

Jennifer Blansett, LMT

As someone that suffers from Chronic pain, it was very helpful for me and very informative. I will use this knowledge in my private practice. Thank you.

Valerie Jimenez

This course was very helpful and meaningful. I have many clients who have chronic pain and discomfort. Thank you.

Lorena Sue Boyce, LMT

The course was great! Great value for the money.

Debbie Cook, LMT

Very informative for a short class!

Lauren Nogrady, LMT, BCTMB

loved the insight into pain and the relief options

Jessica N. Zimmerman, LMT

I really enjoy your courses. The website and test-taking is easy to maneuver. I return to your website every year for all of my online requirements. Thank you.

Ellen Moore, LMBT

The course is very in helpful in my practice.

Maria Isidro

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify the categories of chronic pain describe the role of lifestyle choices in its development.
  • Define complex regional pain syndrome and explain how massage therapy may reduce symptoms.
  • Identify two natural topical pain relievers and explain the protocol for use in massage therapy.
  • Explain how a massage practitioner can influence a client’s perception of pain.
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