Hypertension, Cholesterol & Massage


1 CE Hours


Massage Professionals Update

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

Discover how massage can affect hypertension and cholesterol levels. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • Causes of hypertension and bodywork modalities that can increase and decrease blood pressure.
  • Reasons hypertension is thought to be a massage contraindication and how to practice sensibly.
  • The side effects of statins and considerations for massage.
  • Massage therapy's impact on cholesterol levels.

In the brief Hypertension, Cholesterol & Massage program we've combined four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These four articles include:

  • How Bodywork Impacts Hypertension - Depending on what techniques are applied, massage therapy can either raise or lower blood pressure. In preparation for working with hypertensive clients, it's crucial you know which modalities to choose.
  • Hypertension: Massage Indication or Contraindication? - Being a responsible massage therapist often means combining information from various sources to arrive at an educated conclusion. In the case of treating a client with hypertension, choosing the best way to proceed can be tricky. While modern research touts its ability to reduce blood pressure, massage therapy is also one of the most commonly taught contraindications for hypertension.
  • Statins and Massage Therapy - As one of the most frequently prescribed medications, make certain you know what side effects statins cause and how to address them in a massage therapy practice.
  • Can Massage Affect Cholesterol Levels? - Learn about a Japanese study confirming that a specific type of massage can have measurable results for lowering cholesterol levels.

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

Jeanne Butler

Really enjoyed the course and the material and how to lower both high blood pressure and cholesterol as I have high blood pressure. This will definitely help me course my way of getting back to being healthy! Thanks! Jeanne

Renee Wiggins, LMT

As a registered dietitian, it was great to see this course because most of my massage clients have hypertension and I take their blood pressure before I give them a massaage. My nutrition clients who come to me for their hypertension, I offer nutrition advice and massage therapy to help control their hypertension.

Barbara Acosta, LMT

I truly enjoyed this course. It reinforced my knowledge that I learned from Pharmacology and Massage (another great course that I love) and added more insight in my practice in working with cardiac patients at the hospital's Cardiac Rehab center. Cannot thank you enough for offering this course.

B. Wagner CMT, AMTA

The course was very informational without a lot of extra reading. Taught me several things.

Kimberly Hood, LMT

Very good course since so many of westerners have both hypertension and cholesterol issues.

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  • 4 MPU Original Articles - 11 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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