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$30 members / $50 non-members     2.0 CE credits

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This course gives massage therapists a comprehensive review of pathology, infection control measures and common chronic conditions including diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases. Also included are massage modifications for clients with these conditions and relevant research findings to support massage efficacy and evidence-informed treatment plans. Dialysis and colostomy procedures, used to treat complications of disease, are also discussed. 


When you finish this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify concepts of health, disease and infection control. 
  • Discuss the causes, treatments, massage modifications and research studies for common chronic conditions.
  • State the symptoms, clinical stages and treatment for common chronic conditions.
  • Select and practice massage techniques that are best for each chronic condition.

About the author(s)

Susan Salvo is an LMT with over 30 years of experience. She is a co-director of the LA Institute of Massage Therapy, and is a nationally known author and speaker who has written several massage textbooks and online courses.

Course Expiration

Please note that you must complete each AMTA online learning course and pass the exam one year from the date of purchase. If you do not complete the course and pass the exam within one year, you will be required to re-purchase the course.

Online courses expire one year from the date of purchase. When a course expires, you will no longer have access to the course materials and will be required to re-purchase the course.

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This course contains information that is proprietary. None of the material contained within this course may be used without the express written permission of AMTA unless otherwise indicated in the course. As a reminder, before practicing any new modalities or techniques, check with your state’s massage therapy regulatory authority to ensure they are within the state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy.


Online courses are non-refundable. AMTA will not cover fees incurred from duplicate payments, insufficient funds, stopped payments or credit/debit cards over credit limits.