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Low Back Pain

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
Audio Version of Text Included

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



Discover ways to support your client in relieving low back pain. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • How heat therapy, core strengthening, stretching and cranial-sacral therapy can prolong relief from pain.
  • Boosting quality of life through tips that help prevent back pain.
  • Breaking the chain of events that can follow a lumbar strain.
  • Why postural evaluations can extend the benefits of massage.

In the Low Back Pain program we've combined four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These four articles include:

  • Reduce Low Back Pain: 4 Tactics You May Have Overlooked - For the millions of people suffering with chronic low back pain, massage therapy will likely give some relief. However, find out how including four typically forgotten tactics into a treatment plan can substantially increase massage's benefit to your clients.
  • Low Back Pain: Five Tips for Massage Therapy Clients - As a professional administering one of the best modalities for low back pain relief, massage therapists can also help their clients prevent low back pain from recurring.
  • Neuromuscular Therapy for Lumbar Spasms - Based on the work of Drs. Janet Travell and Raymond Nimmo, neuromuscular therapy, or trigger point myotherapy, is an appropriate and effective technique for medical and sports massage. Learn why neuromuscular therapy is recognized as one of the most effective types of bodywork for relieving lower back pain.
  • The Why and How of Postural Evaluation -Incorporating a postural evaluation in each client assessment can help bodyworkers customize massage sessions. Learn why and how this skill can maximize client benefits and satisfaction.

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.

An audio version of the course text is available with this program.

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I really enjoyed this course, very useful information.

D. Saddem, LMT, NCTMB

I really like the postural evaluation techniques of this course.

R. Batig, LMT, AMTA

Extremely easy to understand and the articles are super helpful!

K. Shacklette, LMT

Love on-line courses!!!

M. Salinas, RMT

Great information and I will use the information in my practice.

J. Duvnjak, NCTMB

This course, since it was only 1 credit and it when pretty quick, straight to the point. I really enjoyed the materials and also like that you give references at the end. I can't wait to try a other course.

R. Samarzia, LMT

Very good information! Can't wait to incorporate the information I learned into my massage therapy practice.

H. Dillon, RMT, ABMP

I love it.

Matthew Miner, LMT

Pertinent and helpful.

Julie Deignan

Excellent course!

Carla Hamill, LMT

I really appreciated the evaluation checklist when doing a postural analysis

Susan Drinkard, LMT

It was very worth taking the time to read and refresh my education especially reviewing the questions that I missed.

Joel Gilchrist, LMT

Excellent coursework. Brief, to the point, and relevant to the subject matter. A+

Justin Johnston, LMT

Excellent presentation keep up the good work.

Paul Taylor, LMT

Another great course! Very helpful - particularly the postural evaluation section.

Melanie Ashmore, LMT

Thank you for an enhanced perspective.

Sharon Smith, LMT

Great information.It's easy to get lost in a day to day massage routine, but this was a nice refresher on LBP

Leticia Robles, LMT

The Low Back Pain course was concise, informative and helpful. It will benefit my practice and personal life as well. Thank you for this opportunity to learn more about this subject.

C. Donna Mastandrea, LMT

I love the layout of the course materials. The information was clear and to the point. It was easy to unterstand and the information presented was very helpful.

Katie Pate, LMT, NCTMB

Great Course, will use this site again.

Kimberly Palmer, LMT

Interesting information, some I was aware of but new insights also were presented.

Sharon Gamble, LMT, NCTMB

An excellent refresher with some additional information thrown in. Thank you!

Phillip Adamczyk, LMT, NCTMB

These courses pull the information together for me like a quick reference of my class courses and is excellent for review and testing, which keeps me on track, for the goal for my practice.

Patricia Luckey, CMT

Straight forward information.

Danielle Ungaro, LMT, NCTMB

Definitely, low back pain is a primary complaint from my clients.

Barbara Erickson, LMT, NCTMB

Very helpful & informative.

Cathy Croce, LMT, NCTMB

Great material very helpful.

Darren Carpenter, LMBT

This course was very helpful, it refreshed my memory on certain tips, and at the same time gave me some new tips to share.

Patrick Moore, LMBT, NCTMB

This course helped me think of new things I want to learn more about & things to think about incorporating into my practice! Thank you!

Megan McKenna, CMT, NCTMB

Interesting and to the point!

Andi Manos Fulena, CMT

Very good course of one credit. It was informative, and made alot of sense.

Brian Thompson, LMBT

Informative and interesting

Angela Scott, LMT

Thank you, valuable info, well presented.

Teresa Schumacher, LMT

Thank you so much for the NMT refresher. Makes me want to take an entire NMT class.

George Thorogood, LMT

Loved the course.

Charles Metzgar, LMT

I thought all this information was both interesting, and useful. I am now more knowledgeable about low back pain.

Whitney Parsons, LMT

Excellent material, helpful to me personally and professionally.

Ron Reading, LMT

I will use this knowledge in all my sessions.

Edith Castillo, LMT

Good information format for handouts to clients.

Kate Dvorak, LMT

Excellent! Much more interesting than I anticipated! Thanks!

Susanna Reffner, LMT

I was leery of taking an online course, thinking it might be a "throw away" kind of learning modality, but I actually found it to be more supportive than I had imagined. In some ways, the material confirmed my knowledge base, which was a nice reminder that I do know something about this work I do and that I already incorporate a lot of it into my practice! At the same time, it opened my eyes to the benefits of continuing education courses and got me excited about exploring even more material in the future.

Diane Ducey, LMT

Great and useful for my practice.

Maiko Simmons, LMT

Interesting subject.

Danielle Fritz, LMT

Very interesting and refreshing information.

Lora Jarrell, LMBT

This course was concise and to the point. It absolutely refreshed my knowledge of the lumbar spine.

Barry Greco, LMT

Very informational!

Beverly Thomas, CMT, NCTMB

Loved this course! Gives very good information that is straight to the point yet gives good detail.Also shows you how to treat those with this problematic area. This is information that I will definitely share with my clients.

Regina M. Klunk, LMT

Great information and very informative. It also interests me because it applies to my own personal back pains.

Catherine Myrick, LMBT

I found the material very helpful.

Edwind Holsey, LMT

Your materials are easy to use, but even for a seasoned massage therapist, they provide good review as well as updated information.

Nancy Silverforb, NCTMB

Very knowledgeable and informative. Actually enjoyed this course.

Samantha Pace, LMT

Good information!

Angela Van Den Bergh, LMT

I had a little trouble initially when loggin in. I called the institute and within two mins the problem was solved and I was ready to log in. As for the information provided in the study guide and it's relation to the test, It was very straight forward. No trick questions. I have already signed up for another course!

Jamie McCandless, LMT

The course was very informative.

Kim Freeman, LMT

I just started a new job at a chiropractic office and I was interested in what continuing ed would help me better serve my clients in this setting. By taking your low back pain course I think my question is answered and I am on my way. Thanks I look forward to taking more courses

Jane Pulford, LMT

I love these little articles as classes! I always learn something new.

Karen Grimsley, LMT

Great tips for helping manage lower back pain.

Victoria Hawthorne, LMT

Very good course.

Marjorie Rock

Great class, easy understanding.

Jacqueline Myszko-Cipriano, LMBT

I learned more about the benefits and uses of Neuromuscular Therapy and Craniosacral Therapy. That has prompted me to look at learning more about maybe and taking classes in those subjects.

Barbara J. Todd, LMT, NCTMB

Provided good reference material.

Karen Georg, LMT, NCTMB

Good, informative basic course on low back pain. Timely reminder to complete postural assessments regularly.

Lauren Nogrady, LMT, NCTMB

This was an absolutely fantastic course. Not only does it help you understand some of the most common causes and treatments for low back pain, it also gives you a list of questions for a postural evaluation. Since 4 out of 5 adults will experience low back pain at some point in their life, this will benefit nearly every client you have. Totally worth the money and time spent to learn the information.

Kelly Conner, LMT

Provided new insights into the causes and treatment of low back pain in an enjoyable manner.

Sabrina Rajkumar, LMT

Having experienced low back pain, this course was a great review of what and what not to do to avoid further low back pain. I enjoyed the course, and it kept my interest to the end.

Janet Ruckrigl, LMT, NCTMB

Highly recommended to anyone:)

Cristina Berman, LMT

Short and straight to the point and very informative. Arthritis is extremely common, so I will use this information at work. Great information!

Lisa Bogart, LMT

Informative and easy! Its like attending an on-site CEU.

Sharron DePonte, LMT

Excellent delivery in concise information. I was hoping for more in depth muscle imbalance patterning, commonalities in such, vertebral related symptoms, etc..., however I suppose for a 1 credit course it makes sense it was bare basics. Still an easy & fluid read.

Faegann Harlow, CMT, NCTMB

All of the articles were very clear and interesting. My first on-line course. Definitely will be taking more on-line CE courses here.

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Betty Kreger, LMT

Nice and easy course. Learned some new information that will benefit my practice!

Kate Brondyke, LMT

Institute For Integrative Healthcare, Thank you for your online courses! They are extremely educational and convenient. I just completed the "Low Back Pain" course and came across many things that I look forward to using in my practice. This one hour course taught me how the art of examination can "extend the benefits of the massage beyond relaxation." Aaron L. Avalos LMT

Aaron L. Avalos, LMT

great course, good tips and points for practice

Jennifer Barchers, LMT

This is the first course I have taken from the Institute. I like the format and testing you use. It's very organized and easy to do. Thank you.

Susan Collins, LMT, BCTMB

Precise and informative. Good online class to take

Janice Dias, LMT

The postural assessment was particularly good. Low back pain is very common and this article reviewed many techniques that were very useful.

Ronald M. Cahn, PT, LLC, MT

I love these courses they are informative and the information is wonderful and useful.

Belinda Mcknoulty

This particular course Low Back Pain was very helpful to me personally since I have low back pain and spasms.

Meggan Guzikowski, LMBT

I appreciate the ease, convenience and little things learned in just a short course like this. I also appreciate how the test questions were not laid out in an ambiguous way and were very straightforward. Thank you.

Brittany Lambros

I appreciate how much the content is there to help bodyworkers improve their knowledge bases as well as improve their scope of practice. Thank you!

Megan Fink, LMT

Excellent Information.

Herbert Schlichting, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify and explain four therapies used to alleviate low back pain.
  • Identify and explain five different ways a person can relieve low back pain as well as identify statistics on the use of massage to help ease low back pain.
  • Explain what a lumbar spasm is and how neuromuscular therapy can be useful in alleviating its symptoms.
  • Describe the use and explain the importance of postural evaluation in a massage therapy setting and identify the most common things to look for and ask the client.
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