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The Impact of Fibromyalgia

1 CE Hour - E326W

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The Impact of Fibromyalgia

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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

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.

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