Online Course & Online Test

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Massage Therapy CEs | Pathology

Pathology - Sciatic Pain

Continuing education CEs available: 4

Course classification: Cognitive (course materials consist of concepts related to massage therapy but do not teach a specific hands-on modality)

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. This course has been approved by Florida as an approved distance learning course for your required hours of live classroom hours for the 8/31/2021 renewal cycle. Course # 20-796658

Canada Approvals: This course has been approved by the Massage Therapists' Association of Nova Scotia for 2 primary CEUs. (One CEU is equivilent to two clock hours of instruction.) It also meets requirements for Ontario (CMTO), NHPC in Alberta, and is potentially valid for other Canadian assocations. Please refer to your individual association rules to determine if this course is valid for your Canada massage therapy continuing education requirements.

Attention Florida and Georgia licensees:  Institute of Somatic Therapy will automatically report your hours to CE Broker 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.

Tuition: $39

Testing: You complete your test online, and immediately upon passing, print your own certificate.  To see how our online courses and testing work, we invite you to take our free sample course.

Course Materials: Sciatic Pain, by Judith Koch

Course Description: This online massage therapy CEU course covers the anatomy and causes of sciatic pain, functional testing for piriformis syndrome, and treatment by the massage therapist or self-treatment. You will be able to distinguish between true sciatica and false sciatica (also known as piriformis syndrome), perform functional testing to determine if piriformis syndrome is the reason for the sciatic pain, and treat your client's pain with heat, stretching, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (postisometric relaxation and reciprocal inhibition), deep tissue massage, and static compression. You will also learn self treatment techniques for heat, stretching, static compression, and PNF.

Student Comments: "I just wanted to let you know I absolutely love your online courses. They are so easy to follow and informative. Thank you for all of the time, effort and resources that you have put into your programs I will definitely be back for future courses." Desiree Conner, Dawsonville, GA (As of October 2012, Deseree has taken Shoulder Dysfunction, Pathology - Sciatic Pain, and the 6 CE Ethics package.)


Will your online courses work on my phone, tablet, or other device? Yes. Since technology continues its rapid pace forward, it is impossible for us to provide a current and complete list of all devices on which our courses will work. We invite you to take our free sample course so that you can personally test if the online content and streaming video work on your device.

Can I print the online test to work on it at my convenience? Yes. We provide a study guide with this course that has the test questions and answer choices. You can print it off and work on it as you study. When you are ready to take the test, you will log into the system and supply your answers to the test questions.

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.

Are your online courses downloadable to my computer? No. You must be logged in on our website to view the course materials.  

Do you report our course completions to the NCBTMB, ABMP, AMTA, or any other agencies? None of these agencies have a method for us to report to them on your behalf. They prefer that you provide the evidence of CEs that their renewal process details.

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.