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The Impact of Fibromyalgia

1 CE Hour - E326W

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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.

Featured Reviews

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.

- Sabirah N. Muhammad

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.

- Darlene Dilley, BCTMB

I would have like to have seen more information and test questions on applied massage therapy techniques and modalities. The didactic of this course was excellent.

- Arthur LaPerriere, LMT

Great, easy to follow, straight forward text. It had a lot of helpful tips that I can use on my clients who suffer from FMS.

- Amanda Hardy, CMT

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.

- Vickie Sweeney, LMT, CA

This course is very helpful in dealing with clients with Fibromyalgia. It helps to understand that massage helps with the pain they have and deal with daily.

- Thomas Shavers, LMT

My wife, and several clients have fibromyalgia. This material is current, based on clinical research, and concise. Very well presented and relevant to body workers and healthcare providers of all kinds.

- Brett Christian, LMT

The course was interesting and I gained lots of new knowledge about Fibromyalgia.

- Karolina Nilsson Grenabo

I liked this course. Even though it is a short course, the information was highly relevant and contained recent research.

- Sarah Wolf, LMT


Massage Professionals Update
  • 6 MPU Original Articles - 18 pages
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion

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.


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.

Leslie DeMatteo, MS, LMT

Leslie DeMatteo, MS, LMT

Leslie L. DeMatteo, LMT, MS, has been an active massage therapist since 1998, after graduating from the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy in Sarasota, FL. There she completed the massage therapy program along with a certificate program in Nuad-Bo-Rarn: Traditional Massage of Thailand.

Since then, she has completed continuing education in cranial-sacral fundamentals, cancer and mastectomy massage, reflexology, trigger point therapy and prenatal massage. She is also certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and is a Professional Level member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).

Her work in massage therapy continuing education and teaching in a massage school ignited a passion for adult training and education, which led her to pursue her Bachelor's Degree in Adult Learning: Vocational Instruction, followed by her a Master's Degree in Adult Learning.

Ms. DeMatteo is the instructor for many of the Institute's courses including such courses as Advanced Prenatal Massage, Ethics of Diversity. Cupping Therapy: A Step-by-Step Approach, Diversity: Cultural Competence, Mastering Pregnancy Massage, and many more.

Lydia Riedell, LMT

Lydia Riedell, LMT

Lydia Riedell, LMT is a licensed massage therapy professional trained at the Core Institute in Tallahassee and licensed in Florida since 1992. In concert with her practice of massage therapy, Lydia became a Reiki practitioner in the Usui System of Natural Healing and applied this energy based healing art as a volunteer with Big Bend Hospice and as a first responder with the Lake Lamonia Volunteer Fire Department. After becoming a Reiki Master in the Usui System, Lydia opened a massage establishment where she specialized in massage therapy for patients with TMJ, fibromyalgia, and sports injuries. Lydia practices Acutonics Sound Healing with turning forks and crystals and teaches Qigong fundamentals and Light Balancing techniques for health and vitality.

Ms. Riedell is the instructor on many Instutute massage CE courses, including The Impact of Fibromyalgia, Infectious Disease: Hepatitis, Massage for Headaches & Neck Pain, Massage for Lower Back & Pelvic Pain, and many more.

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