Test Only (Without Course Materials)

The online test for this course contains  85  multiple choice questions.

Massage Therapy CEs | Massage Concepts and Techniques

Orthopedic Massage for the Spine

Massage Therapy CEs awarded: 25
Course classification: Kinesthetic (course materials teach specific techniques to use on clients during a massage therapy session.) "General" for CE Broker purposes.

Approved by: Institute of Somatic Therapy (Judith Koch) is approved by the NCBTMB (Provider #280672-00) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by Florida (#MCE-326), and New York (#0019). Our courses are also valid for AMTA, ABMP, and most individual states. Some states limit how many hours can be done online or by home study. Please refer to our State Guidelines section for specific information about your state. Laws can and do change, and your state will hold you responsible for knowing the laws that apply to you.

CE Broker Reporting:  Institute of Somatic Therapy will automatically report your hours to CE Broker in applicable states ONLY IF you have provided your license number in your online account with us. You can verify your license information by logging on to our website, and reviewing your account information. If your license is not shown there, please select “edit” to include it. We generally report to CE Broker weekly.

EnrollmentThis is a "Test Only" course, you will provide your own textbook: Because many of our students already own this text, or prefer an electronic version or to purchase a used copy, we now offer only the test and continuing education credits in order to accomodate each student's individual preference on how they obtain the textbook. By enrolling, nothing will be mailed to you. The "test only" option from us is just that, the test only. There is no separate course materials from us beyond the test. We can email you a study guide at your request. When you log in to access the course through our site, all you will be able to access is the online test. 

Testing: You may take your test online, and print your certificate upon completion.

Course Materials: Massage and Manual Therapy for Orthopedic Conditions, by Thomas Hendrickson, DC. The first module of the course addresses the first two sections of the textbook (Chapters 1 - 5), dealing with and overview of the theories and the entire spine. (Please note that we also offer a second module on the remaining chapters, dealing with the extremities. If you have purchased the textbook, please use the "test only" option to get just the credits without having to purchase another book.)

Course Description: Taber's Medical Dictionary defines "orthopedic" as "concerning the prevention or correction of musculoskeletal deformities". When you are finished with this home study continuing education course, you will indeed have a new level of understanding that will transform your current understanding of massage therapy. You begin with an intense anatomy refresher (bones, muscles, and nerves) then cover common dysfunctions and their causes, symptoms, signs, and treatments. You will then move on to detailed assessment procedures (visual, motion, palpation) for the lumbar spine, thoracic spine, and cervical spine. Finally, you will learn neuromuscular muscle energy techniques and orthopedic massage techniques to address any dysfunctions your client may have.

Publisher's Description of Textbook: This book introduces massage techniques for orthopedic conditions, promoting the alignment of soft tissue relating to pain and dysfunction. An essential manual for clinical massage therapy, it contains brief descriptions of rationale behind orthopedic massage, mechanisms of injury to and repair of soft tissue, and anatomy of each body area. The Second Edition also includes detailed assessment for each body region, discusses common lesions, and provides illustrated instructions on how to administer this scientifically based style of massage. Based on traditional orthopedic assessment protocols, coverage includes range of motion, passive and isometric testing, and tests that determine the severity of a condition or injury.

Student Comment: "Great course! I have worked through the text book at least five times. This has changed my career in so many positive ways. Warmest regards, Bridget Powers"



Can I print the online test to work on it at my convenience?
Students who enroll in this course will receive a study guide that consists of the exam questions. You can work on it at your convenience, and then when complete, go online to fill in your answers.

What happens if I fail the test? Do I have to pay again? No. If you happen to fail our test, you can continue to retest until you do pass at no additional charge. With most of our courses, as noted above, the test will be different each time you take it. You can print out your test results to use as a reference for studying before taking the test again.

What is the difference between cognitive and kinesthetic courses? Cognitive courses are those that teach concepts related to massage therapy, but do not teach specific hands-on techniques. Courses such as ethics, pathology, anatomy, and research are classified as cognitive. Kinesthetic courses are those that teach specific hands-on techniques that you can use on clients during a massage therapy session. Some states limit how many kinesthetic courses can be completed in an online or home study setting. Refer to our state guidelines page for specifics about your state.

To contact the Institute of Somatic Therapy about this or any other massage therapy CEU course, please go to the "contact" link above. Thank you.