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Chronic Pain & Massage

1 CE Hour - E303W

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Massage Professionals Update

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.

Featured Reviews

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

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

- Susan Morgan, LMT, NCTMB

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

The course is very in helpful in my practice.

- Maria Isidro

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

loved the insight into pain and the relief options

- Jessica N. Zimmerman, LMT

Very informative for a short class!

- Lauren Nogrady, LMT, BCTMB

The course was great! Great value for the money.

- Debbie Cook, LMT

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

- Lorena Sue Boyce, 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 was well laid out and easily understood. The questions and answers were applicable, and not complicated.

- Jennifer Blansett, 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

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

Great course!

- Martha Taylor, LMT

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

- Amanda Downour, LMT

Very informative. Thank you.

- Joan Lafty, LMT, NCTMB

Great course..will be doing more here:)

- Melisssa Black

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


Massage Professionals Update
  • 4 MPU Original Articles - 11 pages
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.


Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler is a long time advocate of integrating perspectives on health. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester and a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute, Nicole has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2000. She has earned acupuncture licenses in the states of California and New York, is a certified specialist with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, has earned diplomat status with the National Commission of Chinese and Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology and is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology. In addition to her acupuncture practice that focuses on stress and pain relief, digestion, immunity and oncology, Nicole contributes to the integration of healthcare by writing articles and courses such as Infectious Disease: Hepatitis for health care providers.

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs attended both the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy and Hudson Valley School of Massage Therapy in New York – a state with some of the most rigorous licensing requirements in the U.S. – and also served as an instructor at the Hudson Valley School of Massage.

She is a professional member of the AMTA and the New York State Society of Medical Massage Therapists. Linda has actively practiced massage therapy in the Mid-Hudson Valley since 2002 with a focus on medical massage and massage for those with special needs, such as developmental and physical disabilities.

Ms. Fehrs has authored such courses as Build Your Massage Practice, Cancer & Massage, Women & Massage as well as Marketing Massage and the Economy.

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