Understanding Fibromyalgia


12 CE Hours

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  • Text Materials Shipped and Test Online
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Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain, the classic survival manual, offers a comprehensive guide for managing the common but often misdiagnosed conditions of fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain. Its management techniques include targeted bodywork for painful trigger points and strategies to help cope with the chronic pain, sleep problems and numbing effects of "fibrofog" that occur.

Including research on the causes of fibromyalgia, evaluation of treatments, complete discussions of special issues for women and men, and information on medication, the course text also includes a popular provider index, which can help clients select those practitioners that will take your client's complaints seriously and offer knowledgeable treatment advice.

In this course, you will learn:

  • what constitutes fibromyalgia syndrome and chronic myofascial pain
  • trigger points and therapeutic approaches to release them
  • the characteristics of fibromyalgia syndrome and chronic myofascial pain and how they affect quality of life
  • indications and contraindications in giving bodywork and emotional support to people who have FMS and/or CMP
  • accurate information that you would give to clients about fibromyalgia syndrome and chronic myofascial pain

This course is a goldmine of practical information and research about fibromyalgia syndrome and chronic myofascial pain. It examines how these conditions can affect the quality of life, important concepts about safe and effective ways to maintain health while decreasing pain and dysfunction and indications and contraindications for bodywork.

Course Reviews

Heidi Gerner, CMT, NCTMB

Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain was an excellent course because it systematically explained the disorder, discussed physiology, treatment options with diagrams, and perpetuating factors which can complicate the affliction. A family member has recently been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and I now feel I understand what I can do to help.

Georgette Cristina, LMT, NCTMB

This book needs to be put in the hands of people who suffer from Fibromyalgia so they can receive the information from these pages and start to understand their body. This book was an eye opener to symptons that I have and others I know have and how to HELP. Thanks

Cynthia Hoffmeister, LMT

I enjoyed learning more about Fibromyalgia and Chronic Myofascial Pain. As a Massage Therapist, I have several clients who have Fibromyalgia and receive alot of relief from massage. After reading this book it helped me understand more about it and also the effect of Trigger Points in the body in any person, not only those with FMS. I think now I want to learn about Trigger Point Therapy because that is definitely something that will really help people from developing many painful problems. I really think many people don't have any idea about how bad Trigger Points are and how much better they will feel if they are inactivated/alleviated.

T. Digregorio, LMT, NCBTMB

I really enjoyed course because I could do it at my own pace. Sitting at one of those weekend classes is exhausting.

Julie McNeill, LMT

This was a great course and should be taught in massage schools.

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  • Text - 398 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

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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.

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