Video Course: Blood Clots: Causes, Concerns, and Considerations

Ruth Werner

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This important conversation covers the pathophysiology of thrombosis, with an emphasis on practical applications in clinical decision-making for massage and bodywork practitioners. Blood clots affect hundreds of thousands of patients each year. Can you afford to miss this class? Join Ruth Werner for this “blood curdling” discussion.

This course was featured during the August 2021 ABMP CE Socials event!

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Course Outline
  • Blood clot definitions (DVT, thrombi, emboli)
  • Pathophysiology of arterial and venous clots
  • Conventional treatment options
  • What the research says
  • Blood clot Q&A
Learning Objectives

Having viewed the online massage therapy CE course, participants will be able to:

·      Define arterial and venous thrombosis.

·      List complications related to blood clots.

·      Describe conventional treatment plans for blood clot risk.

·      Describe the process to make informed clinical decisions about safe practice with clients at risk for blood clots.

Ruth Werner

Ruth Werner is an award-winning educator, writer, and retired massage therapist with a passionate interest in massage therapy research and the role of bodywork for people who struggle with health. Her groundbreaking textbook, A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology is now in its 7th edition and is published by Books of Discovery. Werner is a columnist for Massage & Bodywork magazine and Massage New Zealand.  She teaches continuing education workshops all over the world and hosts the “I Have a Client Who …” podcast on the ABMP Podcast Network. Reach her at www.ruthwerner.comLearn more from Ruth Werner through ABMP's Pocket Pathology quick-reference app with key information on nearly 200 common pathologies!

Topics and Techniques

This online massage CE course covers the pathophysiology of thrombosis, with an emphasis on practical applications in clinical decision-making. Topics include the definitions of embolus, thrombus, thrombocytes, Virchow triad and deep vein thrombosis (DVT); the cardiovascular system and the systemic circuit, pulmonary circuit, capillary flow, arterial side flow, and venous side flow; arterial obstructions, arterial thrombi, and arterial emboli; venous obstructions, venous thrombi, and venous emboli; pulmonary embolism; treatment options including medication (thrombolytics and anticoagulants) and surgery; research; blood clots and COVID-19; and massage therapy risks, benefits, and accommodations.


Visit the ABMP Education Center FAQ page for a full list of resources.

Q: Is this CE course approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) for CE credit?
A: Yes! All of the courses are approved under ABMP’s NCBTMB Approved Provider account (451086-09).

Q: How do I earn a CE certificate for this video-based course?
A: After you complete the webinar video, a quiz will appear on the page. Earn a CE certificate by scoring 70% or higher on the course quiz.

Q: Can I earn a CE certificate for this course more than once?
A: Learners can earn one CE certificate for each course.

Q: How do I access my CE certificates?
A: CE certificates are available on your “My CE Transcripts” page and on the course page. Visit your “My CE Transcript” page by clicking “My CE” on the navigation bar at the top of your screen.

Copyright Statement
All of the ABMP courses contain materials that are proprietary to ABMP. None of the course material may be used without the express written permission of ABMP. Materials may include, but are not limited to, video, audio, images, documents, and slides. Course materials are only for the use of students enrolled in this course and may not be shared publicly or shown to groups. Unauthorized retention, duplication, distribution, or modification of copyrighted materials is strictly prohibited by law. Check your state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy before practicing any new modalities or techniques.


"Great refresher and relevant to COVID. Thank you!"

"Ruth Werner really presents her class content well. She is detailed and gives straight up answers in a way that is authentic but just like a doctor. I really love her classes and knowledge. Thank you! Great course."

"Will suggest my peers take this CE. Expert presenter!"

"Thank you, Ruth, for researching and compiling all of this information for massage therapists. This course is extremely relevant for COVID, but is also a great refresher for blood clot knowledge in general."