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Massage for Edema

3 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: online manual; plus online multiple-choice test


Materials and Test Shipped to You

Contents: Manual and workbook with multiple-choice test shipped to you.



Learn the concepts underlying massage and bodywork for clients who have edema, including an overview of lymph drainage and important steps to preventing lymphedema. This course does not teach hands-on skills.

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Content Outline

Lymphatic A & P Review

  • Inflammation
  • Edema
 0.75 hour

Working with People Who Have Edema

  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Indications, Cautions and Contraindications
 1 hour


Prevention of Lymphedema

Resources for Further Study

 0.75 hour
Open-book Test and Course Evaluation  0.5 hour
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The course was very informative and easy to read.

C. Williams, LMT

The course was great and very informative information and test.

C. Weston, LMT

Content was presented in a way to fully understand and grasp the indications and contraindications for Edema.

M. Hernandez, RMT

Easy and convenient for needing credits quick.

D. Christino

Glad to have your courses available to complete my CEUs. I will definitely use again

K. Benjamin

The test was clear and the questions interesting. I found it to be a great review for treating cancer-surviving clients.

K. Juffre NCTMB, LMT

This course gave me a better understanding of how the lymphatic system works, the different types of edema, and when and where to refer clients for your help. Great references! A lot of good information for a small investment of time and money!

K. Sullivan, RN, CMT

I found this course informative and extracted knowledge applicable for use in my practice

L. Theademan, LMT

The material was easy to follow and very informative.

Lori, CMT

Very thorough, offers excellent review of related A&P and etiology.

M. Gregorich, RN, CMT

I am always worried when ordering educational materials that they will be overrated in the magazines. This course was very straight forward and to the point. Very good information.

M. Dickey, CMT, NCTMB

Concise and easy to follow intro.

N. Fries, NCTMB

It was an eye opener. Knowledge is very important and we as massage therapist need to gain as much as we can so we can be of real benefit to our clients. If we are not trained in certain techniques for certain populations we need to gain the training or hopefully refer the client to someone that is capable to meet their needs.

P. A. Standfield LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

Good information, convenient package.

P. Clark, LMT

I thought this course was a very good overview of material that is general to know when working on people with edema as well as informational to go further in depth if a therapist or client wanted to.

R. Adams, LMP

This course is informative, interesting and well written. I have been taking your courses for over 10 years and enjoy reading and absorbing the information at my own pace. Thank you!

S. Eldemire, LMT

Course was concise and useful. I've even taught massage and I learned a couple of new things!

S. Cuddy

It was informative, easy to understand and very convienet.

V. Beron, NCMT

Very Good

Robert Holt, LMT, NCTMB

Being a massage and bodywork instructor I always stress heavily upon my students the importance of the lymphatic system, how it works, and the possible effects of massage strokes on the system. This course is an excellent concise and helpful resource to anyone in the field of bodywork and healthcare in understanding the general workings of the lymphatic system. Job well done!

Stephen Warren, LMT

Very professionally presented. Staff were very friendly and helpful. I definitely will be back. I liked that there was a bibliography and resources in the back.

Catherine Friend, RMT

This course provided a great refresher on the subject of Edema. I was very pleased with the information that was presented in the course.

Michelle Rogers, LMT

The course was very interesting and alerted me to my need for more training in this area.

Rhonda Heyns, LMT

Great lesson on Massage for Edema!

Anna Jackson, RMT

Very insightful and to the point

Wolfgang Luckmann, LMT, NCTMB

Thank you for the information presented. As a teacher the course is full of information relevant to students in theory & practice.

Daniel French, RMT, NCTMB

Course was informative and helpful

Bennett Darienzo, LMT

That was great. I really enjoyed it. Thank You

Karyl Sheridan, LMT

This course was exceptionally well presented. thank you.

Annie Chozinski, LMT

The information was informative.

Sadie Pauline Dunne, LMT, NCTMB

Full of useful information. I know I have a lot more to learn about Edema, but this course is a wonderful introduction.

Nancy Hudspeth, LMT, NCTMB

Affordable, easy access.

Bruna Mead, LMT, NCTMB

I learned a lot of new information that is very important, which I enjoy and will refer to periodically in my practice

Evelyn Clarke, LMT, NCTMB

My motivation for taking this course was to learn MLD techniques to use on my spouse, who had just been diagnosed with plasmacitic b-cell lymphoma. The physician-in-charge advised MLD would be beneficial if used in conjunction with his curative chemo-therapy. With approximately a week of MLD, I have witnessed a definite reduction in the diameter of her ankles, even before the chemo-therapy has started. Either the Institutes instructions are superb or I am a gifted masseuse. It doesn't matter which. We are getting results.

Harold Nelson

This was great very informative and easy to follow .

Marianne Saturno, LMT

Very good, and as usuial with your institute, informative and valuable.

Jason Ryan, LMT, NCTMB

Thank you! This has been very helpful.

Deborah, Caudle, CMT

Great test.

Joel Gilchrist, LMT

Very helpful!

Donna Thomas, LMT

All of my classes have been amazing. The text and test worked very well together. I will use this company again

Wanda Wingate, LMT

The information was very helpful.

Nathan Trainor, CMT

Keep up the good work...many thanks!

Modesta Best, LMT, NCTMB

This is a course that all Massage Therapists should take!

Theresa Livers, LMT

I like being able to do this type of study program. Thank you for doing this for us.

Terri Shaw, RMT

Ordered the physical course materials and was very pleased with the quality of product, packaging and layout of materials. The course content is clear and informative without being overly simplistic or excessivly involved. Great job. More than just a review of material learned at school, it amplified my knowledge and expanded my understanding.

Selah Anne Kaiser, LMT, NCTMB

For the first time I have ever done an online course, this was easy to understand, the directions were very clear and simple to do. Thank you

Martha Taylor, LMT

Really recieved new info that will benefit those I help

Maria Elena Salinas, CMT

Good intro about edema and massage, whetted the appetite for more knowledge

Jorge Pelon, CMT

This course was informative with new material and reconfirmed learned materials from previous teachings.

Sachie Ohia, LMT

Wow I thought I understood lymph but this just explained so much more - and kept the information at a level for therapist to explain the process of the lymph system to clients - and make it understandable

Adria Valent, LMP, NCTMB

Great basic course content and very pertient to my work.

Rebecca Wolford, LMT, NCTMB

I enjoyed the content, and presentation. Thanks!

Laura Kemper, LMT, NCTMB

It really got my brain working. Now I have a deeper understandin to help when I see it.

Fikisha Tang, LMT, NCTMB

It was very indepth info.

Leslie Warren, LMT

I would not practice any of the modalities discussed until I took a hands-on course as treating this condition does require more expertise than I have. These articles did give me more insight on what to look for when treating my elderly clients. It is too bad that the courses that I am really interested in can not be offered online and accepted in Texas, but what I am taking online is still beneficial.

Kathleen Warm, RMT

This course was well written, clear, concise and to the point. I feel this was an excellent course, very informative.

Rita Caracciolo, LMT

A lot of great information!

Colette Bomback, LMT

Thank you for including an excellent bibliography and contact information for further training.

Elizabeth Nally, LMT

I'm going to use some of the information today!

Efrom Rachim Baskin, LMT

I really enjoyed this course. Some of the information was refresher but I learned many things I didn't know. Very helpful

Michelle Keinath, LMT

The information was useful and pertinent to my practice.

Theresa Stark, LMT, NCTMB

This makes me want to learn MLD to use in my practice. Thanks!

Angela Holcomb, LMT

The information given was very thorough. I learned a lot and it will definitely help me with the appropriate client.

April Corley, LMT

This was perfect. I was able to complete on my time. Very busy schedule.

Diane Duncan, LMT

This was a great refresher for me. It is extremely relevant in my practice, and it held my attention throughout.

Andrea Karnatz, LMT

This material and course has met my expectations. It was easy to follow and will serve as a good reference point

Ronald Bingham, LMT

This was my first online class. I was happy that the presentation of the information was very clear.

Sharon McLaughlin, LMT

Very informative

Tina Graf, LMT, NCTMB

I really enjoyed this course. This ability to study when I have the time to helps me so very much. I like being able to print out the material to I can refer back to it and have it at my disposal.

Priscilla Cure, LMT, NCTMB

Great course....well written and informative. I will be able to add this to my practice. Thankyou guys....again.

Harald Poul Selchau-Mark, LMT, NCTMB

Good basic start and key safety points for a beginner class in edema.

Molly Dablock, LMT

Very thorough and informative. Can be very useful information!

Denise Buckner, LMT

A good overview for someone, like me, who is interested in further training in MLD. I also found it helpful personally since I nderwent a mastectomy and lymph node removal last year.

Colleen Wolfe, LMT

Enjoyed the course.

Laurie Coleman, LMP

Thanks for a course that was well presented and informative.

Lydia Turrentine, LMT

Great course! Testing process was easy and convenient. I learned lots more valuable information....Thanks

Tamera Glenn, LMP

I feel that this course was an excellent review from years of past medical school, and yet I still learned something from the study and how things fit into my practice today. Thank you for the education. I enjoyed the study.

Lonne Green, LMT

The course was concise, clear, and full of valuable information.

Zoe Elva Putnam, LMT

Very informative

Tuan Tran, LMT, NCTMB

Overall excellent course. Charts were very helpfull.

Don Urbanski

Very informative. New insight and better understanding for working with clients with edema.

Flo Schnuck, LMT

The information not only makes the knowledge and proper application of treatment clear, but also makes it more clear how massage therapists really need to understand that ignorance or not enough information in a particular area of practice can be counterproductive and even dangerous to a patient or client.

David Hirt, LMT

Excellent course that has prepared and encouraged me to continue my education with MLD training course

Marsha Willetts, LMT

A few days after I had read it and taken the practice test I went back and reread the material. The second time I got even more out of it. An excellent course.

Jeanette Houghtaling, LMT

It was well done and I did learn

Ellen Whitman, LMT

I think the online course was awesome and look forward to the next course. Very informative Thank you

Donna Shepherd, LMT

It encourages me to learn more.

Fred Wachtel, LMT, NCTMB

This is a very difficult study put in such a short course, I think. But it is good information.

Barbara Erickson, LMT, NCTMB

The summary chart was a great, straight-forward overview of treatment protocol.

Claire Flippen, LMT

This is a great introductory course. It gives enough detail to add to the practitioners assessment skills and also creates interest in taking this as an extra modality.

Kathryn Woodford

Very well put together and interesting, usable information.

Karen Erickson-Ensslin

A great, much-needed review on the lymphatic system. Now, I feel more confident working with clients who have these special needs!

Brandi Wray

This was an excellent review, as I have had some edema clients and will help in the future. Thank you.

Stephanie Schroeder

I liked this course. I will continue to look at your CEU's for my needs.

Cheryl Pavlik, LMT, NCTMB

It makes me want to learn more.

Elaine Dabbs, LMT, NCTMB

Thank you so much! I will use this course outline again.

Misty Esqueda, LMP, NCTMB

The course was informative, easy to follow, and a great way to earn needed CEs! thank you!

Verena Shapiro, LMT

It was good review of the lymph system and reminder that it is important to be aware of contraindications.

Carol Benjamin

I found the course to be very informative! I enjoyed it very much

Consuelo Valdez, RMT

First ever CEU online course-good experience!

Sandra Webb, LMT, NCTMB

Very easy to read and quiz had good questions.

Brittney Carter, RMT

It was good and helpful.

Jodi Wojciechowski, LMT, NCTMB

loved it

Tanya Russell, LMT

Good info, covered a lot of material in short course.

Rex Nutt, RMT

Excellent course! In-depth information and exactly what I was looking for!

Marie Neugent, LMT, NCTMB

Great information. Wish when I was going to school they would of had this as a mandatory class.

Lezlee White, RMT

This was a great introductory course.

Laura Murphey, LMT

Very easy to understand.

Nancy McCarthy, LMT

Great Course. I learned a few things that will help in my hospice practice.

Alan Ritz, LMT, NCTMB

Very interesting and helpful.

Sharon Lee Schuk, LMT

Great Course.

Katie Fahey, LMT, NCTMB

Enjoyed the course,very informative

Wainani Macaulay, LMT

This course was very interesting. I had a hard time finding a course that was specific to facial massage, so thank you for putting this together. I will be recommending it to the people I work with.

Sherri Cooley

The course was interesting and I learned a great deal.

Christine Picior

Nice pictures and demonstrations in the book.

Candida Rodriguez

Excellent. I learned a great deal and will be testing some of this on myself first and then I fully intend to start marketing it in my practice and using it as a treatment in its own right or a great add-on.

Jennifer Armstrong

This is an excellent online course. It was just what I was looking for and it's usable practical information. It gives the practitioner something to add to her menu! Well done.

Jayne Rizner

Very good course.

Barbara Williams

Very interesting and helpful

Tamika Redmond

A fantastic course - am already planning my long-term aromatherapy facial massage treatment!

Serena Carbonell

Cannot wait to implement this into my massage practice!!

Annette Schuster

Thank your for sending such a lovely book! This actually made the course interesting and I was able to focus and learn something. The colors in the book are fabulous! The information was very interesting too.

Kimberly Suoja

Great course would love to do more.

Cindy Markey

I enjoyed this class! I gained a greater understanding of Aromatherapy and how different ingredients work together to enhance health. Thank you

Ramona Savant

This course was an enhancement to my daily practice as a therapist and aromatherapist. Thank you.

Monica Wylie

Enjoyable and informative !!!

Cynthia Hayes

Great Course! Thank You!

Amanda Asselin

Very interesting, especially for anyone using essential oils in their practice.

Lorie Shaffer

Great program for those not only wanting to offer essential oil facials but for general knowledge of how the oils work and what they can be mix with and used for.

Lauren Rose

Great course for aromatherapists and spa specialists.

Melodi Cornett

Fun class. will use this information at work. Thanks

Tracy Dreiling

I liked it because its reasonably priced, easy to read, you can print for further studying and the web site is easy to follow.

Laura Bandy, LMT

I found the course very informative and added to the current knowledge I have on the subject material.

Kimberly S. Lauren, LMT

This was an excellent course. While I learned much of this information in massage school and unfortunately forgot some of it, this course was a great refresher class. I would recommend to all LMTs!

Julie Tavernese, LMT

Information was informative and well presented, diagrams and charts were helpful and good for future reference.

Valerie Angeloro, LMT, NCTMB

Clear subject and discussion of material. The key vocabulary words were on target to help understand the course. Thank You!

Joshua McNamee, LMT

Although I started with a basic knowledge of Lymphadema, this course expanded my understanding of my role and need for further education.

Pamela M. Mason, LMT, NCTMB

I am definitely going to take another course. This was all very interesting! Thank you for helping me continue my education.

Aaron Avalos, LMT

Very concise and informative course. I would definitely like to order more continuing education courses in the future. Thank you!

Debra Nelson, LMT, NCTMB

As a Licensed Massaged Therapist I use Lymph Drainage with Acupressure to meet the needs of my clients. There are many times when a Massage Therapist needs another technique to use to meet the needs of what the client has asked for. I have learned a lot more on what I can now add to my practice.

Larry Box Jr., LMT

Valuable info, especially in relation to special education necessary to treat clients with Edema and all the necessary precautions and counter indications.

Kathy Sapinsky, LMT

The material was right to the point.

Therese Gregory, RN, LMT

This course is a good pairing with the Oncology Massage:Fact vs. Myth and a helpful review of edema. Thank you

Sharon Butler, RMT

Thank you! This course was very informative.

Christine Heineman, LMT

Wow! So concise, so informative and to the point. This information will be extremely helpful!

Sarah Ryherd, LMT, NCTMB

Outstanding information for anyone in the massage therapy profession!

William E. Laquale, NCTMB

Clear and easy to follow and understand. Practical knowledge that I can use every day. Love the Institute's courses!

Kerstin Usher, LMT

This information was extremely helpful. The arrangement of the information is visually appealing and it is easy to locate important information, such as contraindications and treatments. The summary in table format (on p. 15), is also beneficial.

Eileen Keegan, LMT

Thank you so much for the time spent to create the lesson as well as the test. Thank you for the insight as well. I am very pleased and more confident in working with clients with edema.

Ericka Dyson, CMT, NCTMB

Very direct and to the point. I enjoyed the course and will take others in the future.

Maria Anderson, LMT

As a massage therapist it is good to recognize when the tissue becomes in an acute or chronic stage for the client and what help they will need.

Christine Aubain, NCTMB

This course may have directly helped a current client with cancer. I selected it knowing that I would be working with someone at risk and I was able to confidently give her information and advice about what to watch for distal to a radiation site and explain why a slight swelling needed professional attention. We both feel more at ease.

Karen Murray

I am a visual learner. Your lists and charts made translating the information into mental pictures easy for a visual learner. Wow! Clear, thorough, and pertinent information! Great combination. Thanks.

Janet D. Harden

I have experienced edema from both therapist and patient viewpoints and have enough training to have found this an easy course. Well laid out!

Jason Ryan, LMT, BCTMB

I've been a therapist for 20 years and this review was wonderful.

Patricia Koel, LMT

clearly explained, concise info, good review.

C. Jane Martin, LMBT

Informative and interesting!

Kimberly Repscha, LMT

Full of useful information. I know I have a lot more to learn about Edema, but this course is a wonderful introduction.

Nancy Hudspeth, LMT, BCTMB

Great course! Lots of very good information. Quiz followed along with information provided very well.

Kathryn Len Wai, LMT

I have been practicing MLD as part of my job and found this course very informative and precise.

Linda Callahan, LMBT

I found the course work very informative and interesting, as well as helpful in letting me know what is helpful or harmful for my clients with lymphatic edema. I am very interested in getting hands-on training and certification in Lymphatic Drainage so I can help my clients and be able to educate them. Thank you for having this course available. The information was very valuable to me.

Cheryl Taylor, LMT

The technical value of this course far surpassed the classes I had with instructors! Very excellent!

Janell N. Bourdelle, LMT

Information was very valuable and interesting. I can definitely use this knowledge in my practice. thank you

Jacqueline M. Susi, LMT, BCTMB

This is an excellent course. It covers a good amount of the biological processes of Lymph. This course really makes me want to study manual Lymph Drainage after learning how incredibly important it is in the recovery of Cancer surgery/radiation. I found this course thorough and highly educational.

Shannon McGinnis, CMT, BCTMB

Course is very detailed. Very informative and descriptive as to working with clients with Edema and better understanding the indications and contraindications

Jessica N. Zimmerman, LMT

Excellent refresher on lymphedema.

Lorraine Walter, LMT

Review of technical terms was helpful. In my 20 years of experience, there have indeed been the assessment for each and every case as stressed by the closing remarks. I also greatly appreciated the summary in chart form on page 15 and page 17 "Steps to prevention of Lymphadema." Thanks.

Betty Jean Haverback, LMT

Excellent course. Wonderful read. Great refresher of material that I learned in massage school.

William J. Hout, LMT

I am going to follow up with the International Society of Lymphology. This course was very interesting and a good starting point.

Eliza Townsend, CMT, LMT

This was a timely and informative course. I feel better equipped to work with clients with edema and lymph edema. I am interested in following up with a hands on full course.

Belinda Hart, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the major anatomical components of healthy immune and lymphatic systems.
  2. Distinguish between the body's normal inflammation process and abnormal edema.
  3. Identify the indications and contraindications for working with clients who have edema.
  4. Provide the client with information on prevention and management of lymphedema.
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Sample Text

"The main organs that contain lymphatic tissue are the red bone marrow, thymus, lymph nodes and spleen. Lymphatic tissue is also present in the mucous membranes that line the digestive, respiratory, urinary and reproductive tracts of the body. Mucous membranes are the thin, fragile tissues that line most of the body's openings and passages. They protect the body by secreting mucus, which keeps the tissues moist and elastic, and contains antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal chemicals." (Helping Clients Who Have Edema by Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB and Bethany C. Searcey, NCTMB, (2002), pp. 36-37)

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Sample Test Question

Which one of these is NOT a warning sign of severe edema?

  1. Observable pitting in the affected area
  2. Scabs in the affected area
  3. A clear jelly-like substance on the affected area
  4. Swelling of more than 3 cm in diameter of affected limb
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