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Nervous System Disorders

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Nervous System Disorders
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Massage Professionals Update
  • 4 MPU Original Articles - 13 pages
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion


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 Objectives

  • Discover the primary risks and symptoms of epilepsy and explain the protocol for massage therapy and aromatherapy.
  • Identify the common symptoms of dementia and explain the potential efficacy of touch therapies as well as precautions to be observed on clients with this pathology.
  • Identify the common symptoms and causes of Parkinson’s disease as well as the efficacy of various traditional treatments used by healthcare professionals.
  • Review statistics related to autism and the traits common to individuals with that pathology as well as how massage therapy can be beneficial in reducing symptoms.

Course Reviews

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Kimberly Dowell, LMT, BCTMB


Great refresher for those that see others w/Neuro concerns

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Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler is a long time advocate of integrating perspectives on health. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester and a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute, Nicole has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2000. She has earned acupuncture licenses in the states of California and New York, is a certified specialist with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, has earned diplomat status with the National Commission of Chinese and Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology and is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology. In addition to her acupuncture practice that focuses on stress and pain relief, digestion, immunity and oncology, Nicole contributes to the integration of healthcare by writing articles and courses such as Infectious Disease: Hepatitis for health care providers.

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs attended both the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy and Hudson Valley School of Massage Therapy in New York – a state with some of the most rigorous licensing requirements in the U.S. – and also served as an instructor at the Hudson Valley School of Massage.

She is a professional member of the AMTA and the New York State Society of Medical Massage Therapists. Linda has actively practiced massage therapy in the Mid-Hudson Valley since 2002 with a focus on medical massage and massage for those with special needs, such as developmental and physical disabilities.

Ms. Fehrs has authored such courses as Build Your Massage Practice, Cancer & Massage, Women & Massage as well as Marketing Massage and the Economy.

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