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Research Insights: Suboccipital Muscles and Headaches (3 CEs, Cost: $25)

For most massage therapists, releasing the suboccipital muscles is a very important part of treating the neck. In this course, our goal is to dive much more deeply into the subject of the suboccipital muscles, specifically focusing on what the research literature has to tell us about these muscles in anatomical structure, neurological and functional implications, and the relationship with headaches. As with so many subjects, the deeper you delve into it, the more interesting it becomes. At the same time, the course will also help participants become more comfortable with the structure of a research paper and how to use insights gained through research to apply to clinical settings. 

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Ethical Acumen in Massage Therapy (3 CEs, Cost: $25)

To provide our clients with the best care and treatment, we must constantly reexamine our standards of ethics. Revisiting this subject every so often is not a waste of time, but an important checkpoint to make sure that our actions have not drifted from an ethical mooring. In this online course, there are videos, thoughtful scenarios, and situations that will help you reflect on ethics and massage therapy.

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The Nocebo Effect: Implications for Massage Therapy (1CE, Cost $15)

While much has been written over the years about the placebo effect, very little has been written about the nocebo effect. While this is true across the field of health care, it is certainly true with regard to the field of massage therapy. In this course, we will explore the nocebos and the nocebo effect; looking specifically at the application to the field of massage therapy. It is a very important concept that can be the difference between clinical success or failure. 

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Understanding Whiplash (8 CEs, Cost: $85)

Read through fantastic in-depth information about whiplash that is scientifically sound and relevant to your practice. This information has been used by attorneys to defend clients who have suffered the ill effects of whiplash, even at low speeds. Relying on pages of charts and illustrations--as well as an extensive bibliography of medical studies--this guide thoroughly outlines the biomechanics and symptoms of whiplash injuries and brings to light new evidence that low-speed collisions can result in spine damage and less tangible injuries such as mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The course material will be mailed to your house. Only the test will be online.

Order the whiplash course here.

Introduction to Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (5 CEs, Cost: $50)

This course introduces the essential concepts in studying and practicing Precision Neuromuscular Therapy. After taking this course, the participant will have a greater understanding of the concepts and principles behind Precision NMT. This will be useful for anyone studying neuromuscular approaches.

The course will cover such things as:
•The history of PNMT
•The role of trigger points
•The role of Structure and Function
•The role of various testing and verification procedures
•Models of Understanding Musculoskeletal Pain
•Problem solving strategies
•Neural issues

Order the Introduction to PNMT course here. 


Adductor Magnus and Hamstring Length (2 CEs, Cost: $25)

Restricted hamstring length is an issue that manual therapy practitioners encounter often. Whether it is an athlete suffering from decreased sprinting performance or a stay at home mom having trouble going down the stairs, it is important for neuromuscular therapists to address the issue of hamstring length restriction effectively. Targeted treatment to the hamstrings can sometimes fall short of the results the practitioner aims for and the clients want. This study addressed a clinical phenomenon we had experienced in which adductor magnus treatment allowed for a dramatic increase in hamstring length. This study provides questions about the relationship between adductor magnus and hamstrings and answers for treatment options for restricted hamstring length.

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Precision Neuromuscular Therapy and the Golf Swing Speed (3 CEs, Cost: $35)

This online course is designed around a research study in which we examined the effect of Precision Neuromuscular Therapy treatment on muscles that have the potential to limit either thoracic or hip range of motion. The premise of the study was that increasing range of motion of these muscles may positively affect the ability for a golfer to rotate his/her body, thus resulting in an increase in overall swing speed of the club head. The course describes the process by which we pursued this idea, the way in which we executed it, and the results.  

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The Mystery of Pain  (5 CEs, Cost: $50; $75 with Book)

The Mystery of Pain will explore how pain is perceived, transmitted, and changed by multiple influences. The more deeply you understand the anatomy of pain, the more power you have to influence it and increase your effectiveness with clients who hurt. Pain science is a fascinating area of study, but author Douglas Nelson will help you understand current scientific insights in a way that you can apply to the massage table and to informing your clients about why they hurt. This online course consists of reading selected chapters of the book plus additional web video. 

If you already have the book, order the five hour course here. ($50)  

To order a signed copy of the book and the course, click here. ($75)

Online Courses That Meet the NCBTMB Research Requirement

Research Literacy Course (5 CEs, Cost: $50)

Massage therapy research, in recent years, has increased in prominence and importance. The American Massage Therapy Association has created the Massage Therapy Foundation to support research projects and massage therapy schools nationwide are adding research courses to their curriculum. There are numerous articles being published on massage therapy and its effects. There are two peer-reviewed journals dedicated to the study of massage therapy and bodywork. This course hopes to add to this growing push to increase research literacy in massage therapists. Intermittently throughout the course there will be mini quizzes which the student will have to complete to get credit for the course. These quizzes are separate from the test and will not be graded, but are required.

We donate 75% of your registration to the Massage Therapy Foundation! Please support the Foundation in their efforts to support massage therapy research. 

This course is a requirement for PNMT certification.

Order the PNMT Research Literacy course here.

Spinal Forward Flexion: What Are The Norms? (2 CEs, Cost: $25)

In the PNMT Low Back and Thoracic Spine seminar, we teach you how to measure lumbar and Thoracic forward flexion range of motion. While these measurements are valuable from a pre to post treatment perspective, it would be even better to have a baseline of what "normal" range should be. There are some published norms, but they have several limitations. After measuring over nine hundred subjects, we now have a very good sense of what a possible normal should be. In this course, you will read the handout, watch a video, and then answer a few questions over the material. 

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The Relationship Between Hamstring Length and Pelvic Inclination (3 CEs, Cost: $35)

The pelvis is an important structure to understand for the manual therapist. Positioning of the pelvis can affect structures above and below. Structural distortions such as pelvic obliquity, anterior and posterior inclination, and unilateral flexion can have detrimental effects on the low back, knees, and spine. Without understanding the role of the pelvis massage therapists may find it difficult to alleviate common problems like chronic low back pain, sacroiliac joint dysfunction and more. We hope that the therapist who reads the study will gain greater insight into the relationship and also the process of massage research.

Order the Relationship Between Hamstring Length and Pelvic Inclination course here.