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.

Featured Reviews

It was an excellent course and very informative. It answered lots of questions I had about Parkinson's Disease and Autism. Thank you.

- E. Shoemaker, LMT, NCTMB

The course was very clear, concise and educationally enriched for massage therapists and educators.

- K. Kreiling, LMT, NCTMB

Enjoyed the content - interested in helping folks who suffer from these kind of issues...

- Sian Nolan, NCTMB

My education helps the parents of my autistic patients.

- Susie Adams, LMT

The course was very informative and clear. I will be using this information in my practice.

- Karen Erickson-Ensslin, LMP, NCTMB

I truly appreciated the material, I'm glad this was available at easy access.

- Robin Alexander, LMP

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

- Lauren Rose, LMT

This course was very informative and applicable to my practice.

- David Sandstrom

Excellent material and information. Was helpful and gave me insight. Thank you guys.

- Harald Poul Selchau-Mark, LMT

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.

- Marceline Parent, LMT, NCTMB

Very interesting! Learned many new facts. I knew a lot of it but it is nice to have the research to back the information.

- Roxanne Grondin

founf the course very informative, liked that you used scientific terms and explained them. overall a good learning experience, can't wait to incorporate this knowledge into my practice. Thanks a million, love this stuff.

- Sabirah Muhammad

Thoroughly enjoyed this course, as often we may avoid treating people with these challenges, and yet the benefit to them is tremendous! Thank you so much for a great course!

- Elisabeth Nehme, BCTMB

This is Excellent. I am Professor Dr. Syed Prof. and Director of Clinical Medical Sciences at NIWE, Calgary, AB, Canada I recommend these courses to my students also. I will buy many other courses.

- Syed Hussain

I enjoyed reading the material especially in the section about Autism. I actually received my certification with Michael Regina Whitely about 12 years ago. It was neat to see him featured in this class.

- Heidi Overton, LMT

Very detailed. Informative to different disorders and mental behaviors as well as their approach. Excellent research. A needed course for all therapist

- Jessica N. Zimmerman, LMT

I learned quite a lot about epilepsy, dementia, Parkinson's and autism; however at this time I do not have clients with these conditions!

- Mumtaza Guthrie, 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.

- Jonathan Levy, LMT


  • 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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