Nervous System Disorders


1 CE Hours


Discover ways massage and bodywork can affect certain nervous system disorders. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • The benefits of bodywork for epileptic clients.
  • How massage and bodywork can be powerful tools in helping those with dementia.
  • The benefits of massage therapy on Parkinson's Disease.
  • The value of touch therapy for autistic clients.

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

  • Benefits of Bodywork for Epileptic Clients - More than a quarter of those diagnosed with epilepsy cannot control the disorder through medication. Learn to identify this disorder's symptoms and discover which types of bodywork have been shown to provide the greatest benefit to epileptic clients.
  • You Have a Powerful Tool to Help People with Dementia - Learn how a caring massage professional can help ease the fear and isolation and improve the well-being of those with dementia. Massage and bodywork can be powerful tools in helping people with this progressive loss of mental function.
  • The Benefits of Massage Therapy on Parkinson's Disease - In addition to its tragic impact on voluntary motor skills, Parkinson’s disease typically causes muscle stiffness and rigidity. Learn how bodywork can alleviate the symptoms of this increasingly common central nervous system disorder.
  • Autistic Clients and the Value of Touch Therapy - A neurological disorder affecting normal brain function, autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. The safe and nurturing touch of therapeutic massage is being used more and more frequently as an accepted and innovative complementary treatment for children and adults with autism. Learn how you can help in treating this challenging disorder.

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

Marceline Parent, LMT, NCTMB

This course was exactly what I was looking for. Clear concise and to the point information I will implement in my practice. I now do not have to be as concerned as to what to watch out for. Thank You.

Lauren Rose, LMT

Gave me some basic insight into three nervous system disorders and their symptoms and how massage can benefit them.

Jacenth Kerrin, LMBT

My father has a TBI, and I have had clients with Parkinson's. So I was surprised how much I learned! Applying the overview knowledge to the massage profession directly was very helpful! I feel excited to find ways to incorporate this new data into my practice!! Thank you!

Linda Ugis, CMT, BCTMB

I enjoyed this course. It gave me information I was seeking to answer questions for others. Very happy to read all the information in this course especially that involving massage being helpful for Parkinson. Thank you.

Jonathan Levy, LMT

As with the other courses that I've taken from the Institute, this course was very worthwhile. It gave me new and useful knowledge in a clear and easy to understand way, and inspired me to try working with clients who have some of the disorders covered by the course. For such a short course it packed a real punch. Thank you for this excellent course.

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  • 4 MPU Original Articles - 13 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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