Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Massage Therapy, 2 CE

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Course Description

An NCBTMB Approved Massage Continuing Education Course

Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Massage Therapy

Understanding a variety of medical conditions that you may encounter as a massage therapist is important and that is why science is such an necessary aspect of massage continuing education courses. In most cases, illnesses and disease processes are well-defined, have a specific cause and treatment approach. However, some diseases may present with an unknown cause, leading to a nonspecific diagnosis. Two of those conditions include chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

As a massage therapist, you may have a client who is experiencing the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia, with or without an ‘official’ diagnosis.

This course discusses chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, and is structured to provide you with the basic information you need in order to:

  • Understand the similarities and differences between chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • Define potential causes of each
  • Identify how fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome affect the body
  • Differentiate between a tender point and a trigger point
  • Determine which techniques may best suit your clients depending on scenario
  • Explain to your clients the benefits of massage for chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia

All courses are fully online with immediate grading and instant, printable certification. Courses are available for one year from the date of purchase.

Test Questions and Taking the Course

  • Unlimited Test Taking
  • Fill out the answers as you read the material.
  • All answers are multiple choice.
  • Important exam information is highlighted throughout the course
  • At the end of each lesson, you must click the MARK COMPLETE button to move ahead to the next section.
  • Once you’ve passed the exam with a 70%, you may print or download and save your certificate.

Once you’ve completed the course, return to MY ACCOUNT to take your next course.

  • You must MARK COMPLETE at the bottom of each lesson to move ahead to the next lesson.
  • All courses are fully online with immediate grading and instant, printable (and PDF downloading) certification. It is suggested to download and save each certificate upon completion since the certificates and the course materials are only available for one year from the date of purchase. 

Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Massage Exam Question

You can download and print a copy of the Chronic Fatigue Exam HERE

Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia are often diagnosed as:
a. similar in symptoms but believed to be caused by different issues
b. the same thing
c. not at all related
d. None of the above

In most cases, an immunologist or a ______ may research chronic fatigue syndrome.
a. rheumatologist
b. viral expert
c. orthopedist
d. b & c

A client with chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia may exhibit signs of wariness in regard to public perception due to:

a. people without the condition/s being unable to ‘relate’
b. lack of understanding of their condition
c. the length of time it takes to determine a diagnosis
d. all of the above

Women between the ages of ______ are most often diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome.

a.16 to 23
b. 20 to 40
c. 30 to 50
d. 40 to 45

Chronic fatigue syndrome may be just as disabling as:

a. Multiple sclerosis
b. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
c. Heart disease
d. All of the above

Fibromyalgia affects mainly the:

a. nerves
b. muscles
c. joints
d. All of the above

Neurotransmitters are responsible for:

a. sending or transmitting messages
b. regulating neuroendocrines
c. Neither of the above
d. a & b

Emotional stress caused by chronic fatigue syndrome:

a. always initiates the release of normal levels of the hormone cortisol
b. may alter levels of HPA axis activity in the body
c. alleviates ‘fibro fog’ in the brain
d. None of the above

Fibromyalgia eventually causes:

a. destruction of nerve fibers, leading to desensitized pain levels
b. increased sensitivity to pain
c. decreased levels of the nerve growth factor substance P
d. All of the above

This hormone is known as the ‘happy hormone’:

a. Cortisol
b. Melatonin
c. Serotonin
d. Dopamine

Fibromyalgia is most often diagnosed in women between the ages of:

a. 16 and 25
b. 30 and 40
c. 20 and 50
d. 40 and 60

According to the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association, fibromyalgia affects approximately __________ people in the U.S. to date:

a. 7 million
b. 10 million
c. 13 million
d. 25 million

The term ‘myofascia’ refers to:

a. facial muscles
b. connective tissues that surround muscle fibers
c. nerve endings found in muscle tissues
d. none of the above

Tender points associated with fibromyalgia are defined as:

a. similar to acupressure or acupuncture points
b. areas that produce widespread pain in localized and neighboring regions of the body
c. desensitized areas found at specific points in the body
d. hypotonic regions that produce localized superficial pain with pressure

When taking care of a client with fibromyalgia it is recommended that you have her:

a. remain on her back the entire time
b. lie on her stomach for the entire massage session
c. not lie on her stomach longer than 10 to 12 minutes
d. change positions frequently

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented here are intended to  replace personal judgment nor medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other adjunct modalities. This information is for educational purposes only.

8 reviews for Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Massage Therapy, 2 CE

  1. Joy

    Such good information and lots of it.

  2. Karen

    WOW! Best class I’ve ever took on chronic fatigue!

  3. Colleen

    Incredible information

  4. Sue

    Glad that I took this course. It answered a lot of questions I had

  5. Jess

    I’ll be taking your other medical massage courses.

  6. Lima

    Great info! I can use it in my practice with CFS clients

  7. anyagratitude

    Having the practice exam upfront that I could print in advance before looking at the course saved a lot of time.

  8. marie.lynah

    You just don’t find enough helpful information on CFS in the field! Thanks for providing so many great ideas on working with CFS and Fibromyalgia clients.

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All courses are completely online. Each course exam is graded instantly and, once you pass the multiple choice exam with 70%, your "Certificate of Completion" is immediately available for printing. All course information is available for one year from the date of purchase. The student has an unlimited number of opportunities to pass the exam.

Exams consist of either 5, 10 or 15 multiple choice questions. The exam may be downloaded and printed in advance for easier studying.


All of our courses have NCBTMB approval.