Chronic Pain: Relief with Massage Therapy
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Chronic Pain: Relief with Massage Therapy

Author(s): Pete Whitridge

2CE credits 12 Lessons Text

Delve into the principles of working with clients experiencing chronic pain. Review the current science and strategies on pain relief and explore how to apply this to your practice. Discover education ideas for home care including warm and cold therapies and referring clients out for support.

This course includes short videos to enhance the text content.

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

  • Discuss the guiding principles to create a safe, comforting and supportive massage session plan for people experiencing chronic pain; 
  • Describe and outline pain relief strategies that help affect the nervous system and create   parasympathetic dominance for clients;  
  • Cite examples of home care skills that a client can learn to help with anxiety or sleep;
  • Assess when to offer hot and cold therapies that enhance home care and injury recovery.  

  1. Acute and Chronic Pain
  2. Pain and the Science of Touch
  3. Guiding Principles for Working with Clients with Acute and Chronic Pain
  4. How Chronic Pain Clients Experience Massage
  5. Massage Therapy Strategies for Clients Experiencing Painful Conditions
  6. Using Heat Appropriately
  7. Using Cold Therapy and Contrast Treatments Appropriately
  8. “(W)REST”: Water, Rest, Eat, Sleep, Therapy
  9. Home Care Strategies and Support
  10. Making Your Office Inviting to Your Clients
  11. References
  12. Glossary

Pete Whitridge, BA, LMT has been a licensed massage therapist since 1988. He is a founder and Past President of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) and has dedicated his career to helping establish high standards in massage therapy education. Pete has served as Chair of the Florida Board of Massage Therapy and frequently teaches at conventions and meetings throughout the U.S. In 2016, he was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.