The Impact of Fibromyalgia


1 CE Hours


Discover how you can begin assisting those clients diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Through this brief program you will:

  • Understand the criteria used by physicians for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia as well as difficulties in such a diagnosis – widespread pain, 11 of 18 active tender points over the four quadrants of the body, pain for three months or more.
  • Identify possible causes of fibromyalgia – autonomic nervous system dysfunction, sleep disorders, trauma, and infection.
  • Recognize the symptoms experienced by fibromyalgia patients – difficulty with daily living, depression, limited ability to care for self and family.
  • Summarize ways to help fibromyalgia patients accept their pain.
  • Distinguish between chronic fibromyalgia pain and flare-ups that occur for fibromyalgia patients.
  • Determine appropriate massage therapy techniques for use on fibromyalgia patients.

In the course The Impact of Fibromyalgia we've combined articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These articles include:

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

Vickie Sweeney, LMT, CA

I found this to be one of the most interesting and informative courses that I have taken. The course materials were intriguing. Fibromyalgia has always been very misunderstood by our society. I would highly recommend this course to ALL Therapists.

Jami Hall-Melson, LMT

This course was the best one I have taken up to this point. I really enjoyed how it talked about the caregiver and how they can be affected as well as the sick.

Herbert Schlichting, LMT

Excellent course.

Sabirah N. Muhammad

Course materials and information are nicely presented and very informative. Covered many aspects of the disease which was very helpful in understanding the process and aspects of the Syndrome itself . Thanks so much guys, I really enjoyed the course as I am a fibromyalgia sufferer as well as a practitioner.

Darlene Dilley, BCTMB

Great Course! Very important for as many people as possible to understand this disease. It encourages more compassion for those who suffer from the disease and for their caretakers and loved ones.

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  • 6 MPU Original Articles - 18 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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