• Sign in to your account
  • Join now
  • Renew
  • Cart: 0 | $0.00

An Evidence Based Guide to Treatment of Fibromyalgia for Massage Therapists

$30.00 members / $50.00 nonmembers     2.0 credit hours

Purchase Already purchased? Sign in to take this course »

A diagnosis of Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is an elusive one because the symptoms are so varied; other conditions can exhibit similar symptoms, and client histories tend to be long and involved. This condition will call on your empathy and patience as appreciable improvement is incremental. Clients are frequently already stretched to adapt to pain, and adapting even to the gentlest treatment may prove difficult for them.

This course provides information about a variety of assessments, therapies that have enjoyed variable success, and some self-care exercises to aid you in designing appropriate massage therapy programs for clients with FMS.


This course explores functional definitions of FMS, therapies that have enjoyed variable success and a summary of biomechanical approaches. When you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Explain why fibromyalgia is difficult to define and understand the population it affects in the United States
  • List two symptoms and four conditions that cause confusion when diagnosing FMS
  • Explain the importance of exercise and sleep for FMS clients
  • Explain why you must balance therapy choices with awareness of the adaptations already ongoing in clients with FMS
  • Describe five whole-body or wellness treatments for FMS
  • List five objectives for massage therapists treating FMS clients
  • Describe how biomechanical and whole-person approaches help alleviate the symptoms for an FMS client with examples of MET, skin and self-treatments.


This course contains information that is proprietary. None of the material contained within this course may be used without the express written permission of AMTA unless otherwise indicated in the course. As a reminder, before practicing any new modalities or techniques, check with your state’s massage therapy regulatory authority to ensure they are within the state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy.

About the author(s)

Leon Chaitow ND, DO (UK) was born in South Africa. After completing high school education in S.A., he trained in osteopathy and naturopathy in London. He was deputy director of therapeutics at Champneys Health Resort 1963-1966 and since then has practiced privately, as well as—in 1992—becoming a consultant naturopath and osteopath to a National Health Service practice.

Additional Books and Articles:

1. DeLuze C, et al. “Electroacupuncture in fibromyalgia.” British Medical Journal. 1992; 305(6864): 1249–1252.
2. Gowans S, de Hueck A, Voss SA. “Six minute walk test: a potential outcome measure for hydrotherapy.” Arthritis Care and Research. 1999; 12(3): 208–211.
3. Levitsky L. Pulmonary Physiology, 4th ed. McGraw Hill: New York, 1995.
4. George S. “Changes in serum calcium, serum phosphate and red cell phosphate during hyperventilation.” New England Journal of Medicine. 1964; 270:726-728.
5. Han J, Stegen K, De Valck C, et al. “Influence of breathing therapy on complaints, anxiety and breathing pattern in patients with HVS and anxiety disorders.” Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 1996; 41(5):481-493.
6. Acasuso-Diaz M, et al. “Joint hypermobility in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome.” Arthritis Care and Research. 998;11:39-42.
7. Bridges A, et al. “Joint hypermobility in adults referred to rheumatology clinics.” Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 1992; 51:793-796.
8. Gedalia A, et al. “Joint hypermobility and fibromyalgia in schoolchildren.” Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 1993;52:494-496.
9. Goldman JA. “Hypermobility and deconditioning: important links to fibromyalgia/fibrositis.” The Southern Medical Journal. 1991;84:1192-6.
10. Arnold L, et al. “A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, flexible dose study of fluoxetine in the treatment of women with fibromyalgia.” American Journal of Medicine. 2002; 112(3):191–197.
11. Clark S, Tindall E, Bennett RM. “Double blind crossover trial of prednisone versus placebo in the treatment of fibrositis.” Journal of Rheumatology. 1985; 12(5):
12. Stoltz A. “Effects of OMT on the tender points of FMS.” Journal of American Osteopathic Association. Report. 1993; 93(8): 866.
13. Rubin B, et al. “Treatment options in fibromyalgia syndrome.” Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Report. 1990; 90(9): 844–845.
14. Faull K. “Comparative effectiveness of two water based treatments of fibromyalgia syndrome: Watsu®  and Aix massage.” Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies. 2005; 9(3):211-219.

Course approval codes

MS#163; LCEU0001643

Course expiration

Please note that you must complete each AMTA online learning course and pass the exam one year from the date of purchase. If you do not complete the course and pass the exam within one year, you will be required to re-purchase the course.


Online courses are non-refundable. AMTA will not cover fees incurred from duplicate payments, insufficient funds, stopped payments or credit/debit cards over credit limits.

"AMTA is very supportive. I definitely am glad I chose to be an AMTA member."

Bailey L., AMTA member since 2016

We are AMTA

AMTA has long been the leading choice among massage therapists looking to establish themselves within the profession. We provide our members with the strongest benefits and promote massage therapy to the public and health care community.

Learn more

Contact us
500 Davis Street Suite 900 Evanston, IL 60201 1-877-905-0577 8am–5:30pm CT M–F
Contact us