Massage and Medications—When is Therapy Dangerous?

$52.00 members / $87.00 nonmembers     3.5 CE credits

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Many medications have side effects that cause physiologic changes which require altering massage to avoid causing harm. Learn guidelines on how to minimize the risks that can occur with massage and medications. Explore medical side effects that can be mistaken for common ailments, resulting in inappropriate treatment plans. In addition, understand major drug side effects, and groups of medications that require special attention.


When you finish this course, you will be able to:

  • Define seven classes of medications that warrant proceeding with caution for massage therapists.
  • Be aware of potential side effects from medications that require alterations in massage therapy sessions.
  • Describe ways to detect various side effects from medications.

About the author(s)

Jeannette Vaupel, RN, BSN, LMT has been involved in the Health Care field since the 1970’s with many positions in acute care. After becoming a massage therapist in 1986, she went on to teach Anatomy, Physiology, Aromatherapy, and so on from an Integrative and Holistic approach. 

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.

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Course approval codes

MSP #168; LCEU0002213


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.


You are responsible for ensuring that any new modalities, techniques, or products you use comply with your state's defined scope of practice for massage therapy. (See While AMTA makes every attempt to present information that is beneficial to you and your massage therapy practice, the courses provided by AMTA are for educational purposes only and are not intended to cover every situation that you may encounter. Information presented here does not replace your independent judgment and that of your company and/or employer. AMTA does not endorse or approve, and AMTA assumes no responsibility for, the content, suitability, accuracy, or completeness of the information presented.


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