Digestive Ailments


1 CE Hours


Massage Professionals Update

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

Discover ways to assist your clients in alleviating the discomfort of various digestive issues.Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • The pathology of irritable bowel syndrome and simple methods of reducing symptoms.
  • Relieving symptoms of heartburn through massage and the difference between heartburn symptoms and those of a heart attack.
  • Common digestive ailment disorders and their symptoms as well as how massage therapy can be used to ease discomfort.
  • The function of the triple burner meridian as well as its disharmonies.

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

  • Helping Clients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome - As both a healthcare practitioner and educator, learn how massage therapists can help offer symptom relief to clients with irritable bowel syndrome.
  • How Massage Can Relieve Heartburn Symptoms - Approximately one-third of Americans have heartburn at least once a month, with 10 percent experiencing it daily. In addition to seeking a physician’s guidance, massage therapy can also help a person with this uncomfortable condition. Learn what massage modalities can assist individuals suffering from heartburn.
  • The Symptoms, Causes and Remedies for Digestive Distress - Food goes in, waste comes out. The digestive tract, when it is working properly, serves us well. To operate at maximum efficiency it must also be treated kindly and with respect. An overtaxed and abused digestive system can result in a lot of discomfort, pain and serious illness. Learn about the symptoms of various digestive disorders, what can ease the discomfort - and massage therapy's role.
  • The Triple Burner Meridian and Therapeutic Massage - While most meridians of Chinese Medicine are associated with a familiar organ, one stands out as the source of much mystery. Discover the keys to stimulating the triple burner meridian to ensure a therapeutic session.

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

Janet Ruckrigl, LMT, NCTMB

Love doing online courses at my convenience. I learned new knowledge about heartburn, digestive ailments, and the Triple burner Meridian, plus what massage techniques to use for treating clients. The acupressure points helped me recall previously learned information and makes me want to pursue this topic in more detail again. Great information! Thank you.

Susan Flores, LMT

This was only a one point test,but it was very informative and interesting. I was sleepy when I took it but I couldn't pull away from it. This was valuable and I think I'll look for more of these "small but mighty" tests.

Patricia Douglas, CMT

I took my time with the course. Read sections at different times so I am not sure how many hours it took me. It did not seem long at all, but I was thorough and did some online research with the triple burner since it was new to me. But your course was very thorough and very organized. I want to retain this information, so I took time and reread often. Thank you. I enjoyed this!

P. Shannon Parham, LMT

Great course. I enjoyed it.

Paula Cook, LMT

Very informative and interesting.

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  • 4 MPU Original Articles - 12 pages
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion

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Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

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