This course emphasizes the principles and standards of ethical practice for massage therapy and bodywork, and ethical issues that impact the professional in daily practice. The course includes steps to identify potential ethical conflicts, and strategies for ethical decision-making to avoid and resolve ethical issues before they become problematic. The components of informed consent, documentation and records maintenance, establishing boundaries, and collaboration with supervisors and colleagues for integrated healthcare, are detailed based on ethical standards of best practice.
Massage can be a highly effective treatment for many conditions however you can do harm if done incorrectly, also be aware of any medications including non-prescription and herbal supplements, as these can influence or be influenced by the massage.
This course will discuss Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is designed to increase your awareness about this condition. Since touch can reactivate trauma, you should be aware that the condition exists and there are particular methods of massage therapy that address the special circumstances of individuals with PTSD. The course will provide information about how to identify PTSD and list several modalities that combine bodywork and psychotherapy.
Following completion of this couse, you will be able to name common medications for pain and inflammation that may require adjusted manual techniques, name common gastrointestinal conditions in which massage may be contraindicated, and list symptoms associated with drug toxicity.
This course will define HIV and AIDS, their relationship and the differences between the diseases. The course will examine how HIV is transmitted, the associated risk factors, and ways to avoid transmission.
Massage in chronic illness can offer relaxation, stress reductions and some relief of muscle ache and tension, learn the basic information about these chronic conditions that may be present in clients, what causes the condition, the symptoms and treatments.
Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries, so what steps can be taken if trafficking is suspected, what are the signs to look for, and what types of intervention are used to address it.
This course will define HIV infection and AIDS and list ways to prevent the spread of the communicable diseases. This course will also explain proper sanitation techniques and identify the main points of OSHA's Blood-borne Pathogen Standard and its applications in massage therapy.
This course is designed to familiarize massage therapists with the techniques most commonly used to treat sports injuries, the general terminology associated with sports injuries, the most common sports injuries, the anatomy and physiology involved, and the sports each injury is usually associated with. The course also reviews several tips for helping athletes avoid specific injuries. In several instances, learners will discover that massage therapy is contraindicated given the specifics of an athlete's condition.
The purpose of this course is to discuss the positive role
professional massage therapy can play in the stress epidemic in our modern
culture. We will examine the negative physiological and biochemical processes
that occur in the body under stress and counterpoint them with the beneficial
processes that occur in the body during massage. We will also look at the
cultural symptoms that contribute to our collective stress and discuss the
statistics that qualify stress as a national epidemic.
This course will discuss the major points of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the health information protected by this act. Additionally, the course will identify the requirements for privacy practices notices, the HIPAA provisions for minors and personal representatives, and the penalties for non-compliance.
The purpose of this course is to identify what plantar fasciitis is and what methods we, as massage therapists, can use to treat it in our clients. We will examine the anatomy of the plantar fascia, its role in the movement of the foot and ankle, and what happens when it becomes inflamed. We will also examine massage therapy techniques that can be used to treat it when our clients present with either an acute or chronic plantar fasciitis, as well as some self-care tools they can use at home.
There are responsibilities in regard to laws for reporting medical error, but what are the most common sources of medical error, the behaviors and situations that can make errors high risk and what steps can be taken to prevent errors from happening.
As a massage therapist, you may be in the position to hire new employees for your organization. Even the smallest of businesses are required to follow legal codes regarding staffing, and there are a substantial number of do's and don'ts inherent in human resource policies and the hiring process. This course will guide you through the legal rights and obligations of employers, reviewing common human resource practices and the legal guidelines of hiring and firing, with strategies for selecting good candidates who will be good employees.
This course provides guidance to
massage therapy business owners and solo practitioners on developing an
effective marketing strategy. The modern marketing tools outlined here are
intended to be a starting point for defining a target market, or a “niche,” and
navigating the modern tools available, such as referrals, social media and Internet
marketing, to reach that market.
In this course you will learn a comprehensive understanding of the background basis of trigger points. You will also learn how trigger points develop, where the common locations are, the difference between active and latent trigger points and also be able to locate and palpate individual muscles or groups of muscles that affect the rotator cuff and cause hip pain.
This course will distinguish between coverage associated with private health insurance, personal injury insurance, and workers compensation coverage. The course will provide the massage therapist with basic rules of documentation and record keeping as it pertains to insurance.
Massage is used to help reduce pain and in some reduce chronic symptoms of cerebral palsy, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome and chronic fatigue syndrome, so to help people get better therapists must understand the illness.
In this second part, you will be able to identify muscles of stabilization and fixation in upper and lower extremity movements, identify three planes of movement, and calculate torques in select exercise motions.
To survive in business, a massage therapist must attract and retain a growing base of satisfied clients. This course will provide an overview of marketing research and how to conduct it. It examines how to create surveys, addresses the reliability and validity of surveys, and discusses how to interpret the results.
This course outlines basic
self-care practices for massage therapists with the goal of creating a
sustainable career in a profession with a high rate of practitioner burnout. It
is designed for both new practitioners who are just beginning their massage
therapy careers and seasoned professionals who would benefit from a refresher
course on these practices.
This course provides
guidance on fundamental business policies to those just starting out as small
business owners, as well as for those who want to learn to manage their massage
therapy practice more effectively and efficiently. The “Five Essential Practice-Building
Policies” outlined in this course are intended to be a starting point in
business education for massage therapists and are intended to provide the basic
tools for the creation of a sustainable business model.
To succeed in business, massage therapists must attract and retain a growing base of satisfied clients. This course will explore the components of marketing, list the benefits of competitor analysis, and discuss promotional strategies designed to help you grow your business.
This is a video course. In the second part of this series, you will continue to understand the history of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), understand superficial lymphatic structures & their functions, be able to demonstrate 3 assessment techniques, and perform 5 basic Lymphosize exercises.
This course focuses on the most important
elements of the communication that takes place between massage therapists and
massage clients. Through proper, professional communication, a massage
therapist will be able to attract and maintain a clientele.
course provides a comprehensive overview of carpal tunnel syndrome for massage
therapists. This overview allows the reader to gain greater knowledge of
anatomy, perspectives on how carpal tunnel syndrome affects individuals, as
well as specific bodywork methods to alleviate classic symptoms of the
In this course you will learn a comprehensive understanding of the background of trigger points. You will also learn how trigger points develop, what common locations are, the difference between active and latent trigger points and also be able to locate and palpate individual muscles or groups of muscles that affect the rotator cuff and cause hip pain.
This course will explain how a trigger point forms in a muscle and what events lead to the formation and perpetuation. You will be able to describe to your client the use of trigger point charts and explain the effects of manual therapy on a trigger point.
In this second part, you will understand the common conditions that may require cautions during a massage session, understand the benefits of massage to a pregnant woman, and demonstrate the different massage techiques that are effective for releasing tension in the pregnant body.
Research competency is an important aspect to massage therapists, some studies have scientifically verified information on massage therapy, and this knowledge helps the therapist provide truthful answers to clients on how massage works.
In this course you will learn a comprehensive understanding of the background basics of trigger points. You will also learn how trigger points develop, where the common locations are for trigger points, the difference between active and latent trigger points and be able to locate and palpate individual muscles or groups of muscles that affect headaches.
Headaches can be warning signs of underlying life-threatening conditions, however most are harmless and respond to basic treatments. Massage therapy has grown in acceptance as a viable treatment option, and more physicians have been suggesting it.
injured clients seeking relief from their pain and movement dysfunctions, a
quality massage therapist should seek short- and long-term solutions. This requires
knowing what tissues are at fault and how. While this may seem simple and
obvious (for example, pain in the neck is due to some neck muscle dysfunction) precisely
pinpointing the causes of pain and dysfunction can be more complex. While it
may not always be possible to know exactly what tissues are primarily at fault,
there are many tests for soft tissue and joint injuries that therapists can
conduct prior to (or even during) the massage treatment. Commonly referred to
as “orthopedic tests,” these are assessments that test for skeletomuscular
injuries and help sort out whether an injury is functional (muscular) or
structural (skeletal) in nature.
Sciatica is an umbrella term for several conditions affecting the lower back which affects more that three million people in the United States each year. Educating massage therapist about how to identify the common causes, differences between sciatica, piriformis syndrome and sacroiliac joint dysfunction and develop treatment protocols for sciatica.
The need for cultural competency training as an ethical precept has been articulated at many levels: through federal and state legislatures, public health administrations, the medical profession, and other professional health education organizations. This course will discuss how race and culture impact health, identify patterns of disparities, and emphasize the importance of diversity factors that influence effective cross-cultural communication in clinical encounters.
In this first part, you will review major anatomy, identify bones of axial vs. appendicular regions and define muscle attachment sites, as well as define major terms of muscle funtion: agonist, antagonist, stabilizer, and fixators.
This course is a video course. Learn how to best support the pregnant client in all stages of pregnancy and labor, understand and explore the body changes within the three trimesters of pregnancy, and learn of the effects that different hormones have on the body during pregnancy.