Infection Control - Bacteria


1 CE Hours


Massage Professionals Update

Earn credits through articles you've already read in our Massage Professionals Update e-newsletter.

Discover ways you can prevent the spread of infection in your practice and exposure to yourself and your clients. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • How antibiotics may impact bodywork.
  • Ways staph infections are transmitted and how to prevent exposure.
  • Proper hand cleansing.
  • Situations when medical gloves may be appropriate for massage.

In the Infection Control - Bacteria program we've combined four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These four articles include:

  • How Antibiotics May Impact Bodywork - Although frequently prescribed, many people do not realize the disturbing implications of antibiotic use. Discover several issues relating to antibiotics that all massage therapists should be aware of.
  • Massage Therapy and Drug Resistant Staph Infections - As harmful bacteria grow and change over time, they become more and more resistant to commonly used antibiotics. Are they only dangerous in hospital settings, or do massage therapists in private practice need to be concerned as well?
  • Keeping a Massage Therapist's Hands Germ-Free - Reviewing the details of preventing the transmission of germs - and recognizing where mistakes are made - can help renew massage therapists' pledge to properly cleanse their hands.
  • Massage Therapy: Safety and Medical Gloves - Massage therapy is a hands-on profession. Through the hands of a massage therapist can be felt the tension of muscles, the misalignment of bony structures and the stress of daily life. Some massage therapists may even be able to tell whether a person competes in a particular sport, drives a stick-shift or works at a desk all day - just by the way the body feels during a massage session. On the other hand, learn why some situations require the use of medical gloves.

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.

Course Reviews

David Dilling

Take this course and you will be knowledgeable on the importance of keeping a clean therapy room. Also, you will learn how to take the necessary steps in preventing cross contamination between clients. (Everyone should be taught about cleanliness on some level.)

Vickie Sweeney, LMT

As a concerned L.M.T. I found this material profoundly alarming. Most of my clients are Healthcare Workers. I will now use extra precaution when working. With MRSA on the up-rise I believe ALL therapist should be required to take this test. THANK YOU FOR HELPING US PROTECT ONE ANOTHER!

Haley Millett, LMT

My favorite out of the Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS courses. A great refresher for any Massage Therapist!

Robert E. Rano, LMT

The one credit courses are a nice way to pick up some helpful information without spending a lot of time and money.

Holly Ottney

Informative yet concise. Worth the cost.

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  • 4 MPU Original Articles - 15 pages
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion

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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.

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

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