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Pathology: Digestive and Endocrine Systems

5 CE Hours - E1008

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  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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Learn about the digestive and endocrine systems and their pathology. This course includes a thorough review of the anatomy and physiology of the digestive and endocrine systems; a description of the essential nutrients for human health, including their source, benefits and deficiencies on the human body, and massage indications and contraindications for specific digestive and endocrine disorders.

In this course, you will learn:

  • various attributes of the digestive and endocrine systems
  • how to differentiate between hyperglycemia and hypogylcemia
  • the primary danger from diabetic crisis
  • the benefits that massage and bodywork give to the endocrine and digestive systems
  • contraindications for therapeutic actions in relation to the endocrine and digestive systems
  • signs and symptoms of issues regarding the endocrine or digestive system and where referring out to another provider is recommended

Featured Reviews

Excellent review of digestive and endocrine pathologies! This information is important for every therapist to know. Would definitely recommend this course for anyone looking for a good refresher on these topics.

- Rebecca Mabe, LMT, NCTMB

This course was informative. The most helpful parts to me were those that described symptoms clients may present.... especially pain referral! Diabetes is such a prevalent disease. It would be helpful to learn more specific contraindications with its symptoms. Most diabetic clients have already seen a primary care practitioner and are looking for pain relief with massage. I was hoping for more specific indications and contraindications for the wide variety of endocrine and digestive disorder symptoms. Thank you for a fun and thorough review of the systems. I learned something new!

- Carol Nadasen, LMT

Wow! This exceeded my expectations! I had a great refresher and found that after I had done what I thought was a mock test after reading the printed book that it was the actual test!! I was so happy to find that out and as weird as this sounds, cannot WAIT to study and complete my next test!

- Heidi Mayo, LMT

This was a great adjunct. I have a lot of clients who are diabetic as well as have some of the other disorders studied in this program. It gave me more of a affirmation that I am on the right track in caring for my clients. This class will help give me more credibility within my medical community.

- S. Page, LMT

Great information for new and seasoned therapist.

- Heather Jones, LMT, BCTMB

Very helpful course for myself and my clients health

- Vanessa Johnson, LMT

This was a great course for those with little knowledge of pathology of the endocrine system.

- Janna C. Westbrook, CMT, BCTMB

I think Pathology is very important in the field of massage because people have different health problems and we as massage therapist need to be educated on the health problems. Thank you are a great and informative course.

- Billie Ruth Hausen, LMBT

Very clear and readable presentation, designed to be effectively memorized, and thereby applicable in my practice. One of the best of your many courses I’ve taken.

- Jason Ryan, LMT, BCTMB


- Jason Kinn, LMT

This was a great course, I learned a lot! It will be very helpful in my practice.

- Elizabeth Ehrhardt, LMT

Great information & presentation! Easily understood & useful.

- Kathryn F. Kalinin, LMT

Excellent Material, Great questions and course content

- Herbert Schlichting, LMT

Packed with pertinent information that is readily usable.

- John Pitrelli, LMT

Lots of great informative detail and content. Plan to put it to use immediately with clients, friends and family members. Thanks, once again, IIHS for a great course!

- Charlene D. Crane

This course was interesting and informative. I had no problem finding what I was looking for. Thank you.

- jackie wimberly

An excellent review of both systems.

- Patricia Allwein, LMT

Nice content, easy to follow, very informative.

- Margaret Shay, LMT, NCTMB

This was a very interesting and great update and reminder of information every therapist should know and use.

- Roxanne Grondin

This program was easy to understand and very informative.

- Elissa Johnson, LMT

These courses are awesome!

- Sarah Wanzek, LMT

This course is too easy to test on, but has a great deal of useful information, if one really is interested and studies it.

- Jason Ryan, LMT, NCTMB

Very thorough information on the pathologies in the two systems!! Very well put together! Will use in my practice!

- Robin Warren, LMT

A clear easy to understand presentation of the course material. Contains important information needed by massage therapists.

- John D. Busch, LMT, NCTMB

Well written course which I can refer to as needed.

- Grace Boland, LMT

Good information.

- Nancy Grimes, LMT

Will order more courses with you. Very informative information.

- Laurie Coleman, LMP

what a great experience...

- Nicol Driscoll, LMT

Great information, very easy to read!

- Tonya Esmond, LMT

Clearly presented material, without excessive details.

- Efrom M. Rachim Baskin, LMT

Great course gained knowledge.

- Kathryn Trisler, CMT

I found this really interesting. Thanks.

- Barbara Bueck, LMT

Very worthwhile.

- Patricia Cosima Leedom, LMT

I learned a lot of very important information.

- Karen L. Ingerman, RMT

It was useful information and I will definitely use this website in the future.

- Somphachanh Byrd, LMT

Provided me with new insights as well as providing me with the necessary credits. Thank you

- Pamela M. Mason, LMT

Great review of the endocrine system! Very clear and informative.

- Lauren Nogrady, LMT

Great course!! Thank you for the info!!

- Renee Surette

Information in this course will be beneficial to myself, family and clients.

- Jean Nottage Van Horn, LMBT

Very convenient and easy to sign-up, complete.

- JoAnn Padro-Alvarado, LMT

I enjoyed learning at my own pace and gathered a lot of valuable information. I now have more information on guiding my clients to healthier lives.

- Amanda Harrison, LMT

Really interesting course - a great refresher on a lot of key issues we're presented with as therapists. Thank you!

- Melanie Ashmore, LMT

I thought the course was very informative and was a nice review on material I haven't studied for a while.

- Matthew Langley, LMT

This was an excellent overview of digestive and endocrine system diseases and contraindications.

- Therese L. Emil, LMT

The questions were relevant to my occupation, useful and supportive of some theories I had with some new insights.

- Vivian Hutchinson, LMT

I wanted more, the material is written very well, easy to understand and comprehend. Very pleased with what I learned and want more! Thank you.

- Roxanne Grondin

Great course! I haven't refreshed about the endocrine system in a while and it was much needed! It defiinitely made me look up other information about my practice/clients. Thanks!

- Sandra Corbitt, LMT

I enjoyed the course. It will enhance my skills as a professional massage therapist.

- Les Nuckles

The course was very informative and easy to understand. the whole process of taking the test after studying the course was simple and I will most certainly take another course in the future.

- Mary DeJacomo, LMT

I really enjoyed the course. it was very direct and straight to the point. That's how I like my courses.

- Amie Malanda, LMP

Great course and content layout. Thank you!

- A. Mimeles

Arranged nicely, concise, and to the point. Thank you!

- P. Werner, LMP

Excellent, thank you very much. A lot of the course info comes up often with clients.

- W. Child, LMT


  • Manual - 44 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to complete this program online please select the "Materials: Available online + Test: Available online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


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.


Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch holds a Masters Degree in Nursing and has been practicing as a nurse since 1974. She is currently a Registered Nurse in the state of Arkansas. Additionally, Ms. Burch studied under many of today's leaders in massage therapy and bodywork during the 1980s, became Nationally Certified through the NCBTMB in 1993 and holds a professional membership with the AMTA.

As founder of Health Positive!, Ms. Burch has created over 60 home study nursing and massage continuing education programs, performed over 65 public, live educational presentations, has written two published books, served as a member on the NCBTMB Continuing Education committee and was a founding member of the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists.

Sharon is an instructor on many of the Institute's programs and has authored and co-authored various ethics courses and additional titles such as Touch for the Seriously Ill, Stress Reduction Through Bodywork, Staying Well – Naturally, Cardiopulmonary Health and Illness, Chronic Pain Management, Marketing Massage in Four Easy Steps, Preventing Medical Errors, HIV Update for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers, Understanding HIV, Massage for Edema and more.

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