Headaches, Facial Pain & Massage


1 CE Hours


Massage Professionals Update

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

Headaches are extremely common and nearly everyone has had this type of pain on occasion. In some cases the pain is more frequent and debilitating. Discover ways to assist your clients with recurring headaches. In this brief course you will:

  • Differentiate between the various types of headaches.
  • Explain the known causes of each type of headache.
  • Review a detailed client intake to determine history of headaches and massage therapy compatibility.
  • Determine appropriate massage techniques for clients with acute or chronic headaches.
  • Examine the categorization of headaches by the International Headache Society and National Institute of Health.
  • Identify facial pain and its causes.
  • Ascertain appropriate massage therapy techniques for clients with facial pain.
  • Recognize symptoms of a stroke and apply emergency procedures.

In the course Headaches, Facial Pain & Massage we've combined articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These articles include:

  • Acupressure for Headaches - Headache pain is the most often reported health problem in America. At times it can be debilitating, but most of us try to work through it and get through the day. If you have clients who report getting headaches, whether they be migraine, stress related or even sinus pain, read about some common acupoints you can use along with your usual techniques – they might just prove useful in easing this uncomfortable ailment.
  • Three Types of Facial Pain and Massage Therapy - Facial pain can be caused by several different pathologies. Knowing the cause of the pain is the first step in taking steps to ease or eliminate it. Learn about three types of facial pain and whether they can be helped with massage therapy or if they need more serious intervention.
  • Can Massage Therapy Reduce Headache Occurrence? - Did you know there are approximately 200 kinds of headaches? The International Headache Society has listed them all but, to make it a bit easier, they have also broken them down into three main categories: Primary, Secondary and Cranial Neuralgia/Primary Facial Pain/Other. Learn about which ones can be helped by massage therapy and which may need a different kind of intervention.
  • 7 Types of Headaches - Headache pain is the most often reported type of pain in the U.S. Learn about some of the most common types of headache pain, and if massage can help to alleviate or reduce the frequency of this sometimes debilitating infirmity.
  • Migraines With Aura Show Increased Health Risk - A recently completed study has shown that people who suffer from migraines with aura are at a greater risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or stroke than those who have non-migraine headaches, or migraines without the associated aura occurrence. Research has also shown that massage therapy and various massage techniques can help reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines.

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

Course material was informative, interesting and to the point. I enjoyed the class and can definitely use it in my massage practice.

- Virginia Simonin, LMT

Simply stated, we all have one type of headache or another at some points in our lives. Understanding the root causes and how to treat them as Massage Therapist is valuable. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS COURSE.

- Vickie Sweeney, LMT, CA

This was a great test and will come in handy with my clients as often times they complain of headaches. The acupressure is something that I will be applying on them!

- Michael Beckett, LMT

Great course! Will be very useful in evaluating the clients issues and helping them get to the cause of their problems. Headaches are so very common, so this information is priceless!

- Lisa Bogart, LMT

This was awesome and very informative.

- Lindsay Shelmidine, LMT

This course is very helpful in my private practice. Highly recommended to other massage therapists.

- Choon Heah, LMT, NCTMB

This course was of great help. I have been seeing more clients complaining of headache pain. I really believe I will be better able to help them now.

- Sue Page, LMT, NCTMB

Good course covering what can be a confusing subject about headaches and facial pain and how to differentiate the many possibilities. Good info to reference and some good acupressure points to utilize. Thanks for this course.

- Bonnie Britton, LMT, NCTMB

Very well organized and comprehensive. Thank you. Very helpful!

- Barbara C. Thaler, LMT, NCTMB

This class was worthwhile! I gleaned new information and I appreciated the practical application part of the course. I would highly recommend this course.

- Laurie A. Lembitz, LMT

The materials are straight forward and easy to navigate and locate essential information.

- Eileen Keegan, LMT

Great course! I found this course very interesting! I personally have suffered for headaches daily for 5 years and I find in my practice I love getting the clients that also suffer from headaches because I have empathy and understand areas to work on. I found the information very informative and will apply it to my clients to better help them with their headache relief. My favorite course to date, kinda wish it was longer with more information!

- Kristina Ebert, LMT

Love the ease of use. Like the short courses as I don't always have blocks of time. The info is concise, useful and keeps me current with new findings and approaches.

- Jean M. Cerny, LMT

This course was very informative and supported me as most clients of mine are headache related. Wonderful course!

- Desiree Patronas, LMT

Great, easy to understand information. A few different headache acupressure treatments I haven't seen before. Will definitely apply to my practice!

- Matthew Rogers, LMT

Excellent and instructive from A to Z ! Useful information, well presented.

- Marius Coste, LMT

A lot of information I did not know about headaches, and now know more how to treat symptoms of most common ones. I actually used the specific acupressure points in the test to alleviate a tension/stress headache on myself. Great techniques. Thanks.

- Diana Hemingson, LMT

Great information that will be very useful to me personally and for my practice in the future, thank you!

- Kerry Jochim, LMT

It was good to review the types of headaches and realize how massage can help, but may not cure a headache. But, relaxation/massage for tension is definitely good medicine!

- Patricia Engelhard, LMT

I go to a neurologist for migraine headaches. I found this to be well presented and thorough especially in distinguishing different types of headaches and different approaches to massage therapy for each.

- Ruth M. Donnellan, LMT, BCTMB

I learned some new information about headaches. I especially liked the info about acupressure since I don't know a lot about this. Thanks!

- Beckie Taylor, BCTMB


  • 5 MPU Original Articles - 18 pages
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion

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