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Relieving Sciatica

$30.00 members / $50.00 nonmembers     2.0 credit hours

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Relieving Sciatica for Massage Therapists

Sciatica is a condition common among massage therapy clients. While massage therapy provides relief for clients with sciatica, the relief does not always last without follow up.

Learn an entire body approach to stretches that can help solve this dysfunction, including assessment of the effects of other conditions frequently concurrent with sciatica.


Massage therapists, learn a set of exercises - rooted in kinesiology - utilizing range of motion for relief of sciatica symptoms. These exercises were developed considering the entire body and emphasizing client involvement and proactive stretching. When you have completed the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe three common routes of pain for clients with sciatica.
  • List six conditions that might coexist with sciatica.
  • Define Clinical Flexibility and Therapeutic Exercise (CFTE) including the responsibilities of the client.
  • Explain why correcting biomechanical dysfunction is important for clients with sciatica.
  • Clarify why the order in which stretches are performed is important in CFTE.
  • Describe how the biceps femoris, gluteus maximus, medius and minimus and the sacrotuberous ligament can cause sciatica.
  • Describe CFTE stretches for the gluteus maximus, biceps femoris and the gluteus medius, minimus and sacrotuberous ligament.


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)

Timothy Agnew, BA, NCB, LMT graduated from the Universityof South Florida, where he studied kinesiology and exercise science. He completed the ATC (Athletic Trainer Certified) course requirements under the guidance of BarryUniversityin Miami. He has spent the last twelve years studying biomechanics as it relates to human movement, including the Active Isolated Stretching protocols outlined in his book, Dynamic Flexibility, and video, CFTE: Assisted Clinical Flexibility. He is owner of Intent Publications, which offers dynamic seminars and multimedia to massage therapists and health care professionals nationwide. He has a private practice in Sarasota, Florida.

All photography in this course by Herb Booth. 


Course approval codes

MS #174; LCEU0001653

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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.


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