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Skin Pathologies

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



Discover ways you identify and prevent common skin pathologies. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • Techniques for removing scar tissue.
  • Identify common skin rashes to determine when massage is contraindicated.
  • Avoiding dry skin due to frequent hand washing.
  • Helping clients cope with sunburn.

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

  • Six Massage Techniques to Remove Scar Tissue - The formation of scar tissue is the body’s natural response to injury. Learn about the long-term effects of scarring, plus the role massage therapy plays in improving a client’s recovery from a wound.
  • Pathology Review: Can You Identify That Rash? - If a client came in with a rash, would you know what to do? Would you recognize it as contagious or infectious? Do you know the difference between hives and poison ivy? Read on to learn about identifying the most common rashes and when massage therapy is contraindicated.
  • How to Avoid Dry Skin from Frequent Hand Washing - Washing your hands before and after every massage client is hygienically necessary, yet doing so typically dries out the skin of healthcare providers. By implementing these five solutions for keeping their hands healthy, massage therapists can avoid the sore and irritable skin damage attributed to frequent hand washing.
  • Massage for Sunburn Healing - Whether you live along the Sunbelt or practice massage therapy in the northern states, clients may come in at almost any time of the year with sunburn. In the summer, it might be after spending too much time at the beach or in the backyard. In the winter months, it could be from skiing or from a holiday spent in a sunny climate. Learn how to help your clients cope with the effects of too much sun exposure.

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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Great for any therapist entering medical massage for the first time, or as a refresher course for those already in the field.

C. Eccleston, LMT, NCTMB, AMTA

Very good overview of skin pathologies.


Thank you for offering courses like this!

Audrey Wetzbarger, LMBT, NCTMB

This was a wonderful course helping to refresh on how our skin work.

Melissa Johnson, LMT

An excellent course. I learned a lot.

Renee Wiggins, LMT

Very helpful and informative.

Elizabeth Nally, LMT

As someone who struggles with various skin issues it is helpful to have a course that reveals insights into skin for the massage profession.

Tiffany Simmons, LMT, NCTMB

Great course.

Kathryn Trisler, CMT

My favorite section from this class was the 'Natural Remedies for Sunburn'. There were many that I have never heard of.

Heidi Covington, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify the common traits of scar tissue and explain the long-term effects on skin as well as explain massage techniques that can reduce those effects.
  • Determine how to classify rashes and identify the common types that may be seen in a massage practice as well as be able to indicate if massage is indicated or contraindicated.
  • Explain the basic pathology of human skin and identify the possible problems caused by frequent hand-washing as well as solutions recommended to reduce damage.
  • Learn the various degrees of sunburn and how to ease the discomfort using natural remedies as well as identify when massage is safe or contraindicated.
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