Video Course: A Detailed Approach to Low-Back Pain

Allison Denney

This course is approved for Florida’s “Distance Learning Hands-On Technique” category for the 2021-2023 renewal period (CE Broker course #20-846821 for FL only).

Join Allison Denney of Rebel Massage for a dynamic course that takes an in-depth look at the muscles, structures, and common dysfunctions of the lumbar region while putting the “fun” in functional anatomy. Detailed muscles painted on a client show the relationship between where the muscles are in the low back, what they do, and how they most often create a pain response. Explore examples of how each of the three common low-back issues—overuse injuries, muscles strains, and trigger points—occurs and learn practical treatment approaches you can use with your clients today.

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Course Outline
  • Low-Back Anatomy: Soft Tissues
  • Overuse Injuries: Causes and Massage Therapy Techniques
  • Muscle Strains: Causes and Massage Therapy Techniques
  • Trigger Points: Causes and Massage Therapy Techniques
Learning Objectives

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

  • List the appropriate massage techniques for low-back muscle strains.
  • List the appropriate massage techniques for low-back overuse injuries.
  • List the appropriate massage techniques for low-back trigger points.
  • Describe how to identify and palpate the quadratus lumborum.
  • Describe how to identify and palpate the rotatores and multifidi.
  • Describe how to identify and palpate the thoracolumbar aponeurosis.
  • Explain the difference between connective tissue and muscle tissue.
Allison Denney

Allison Denney has been a practicing massage therapist for 20 years. In addition to cultivating a flourishing private practice, she has established herself as an integral part of the massage community though her years as a teacher, her popular YouTube channel, and her launch of the Rebel Massage brand organic, professional-grade Deep Tissue Body Butters. Her passion for client care and fascination with anatomy continues to drive her to never stop growing. Learn more at Listen to Allison Denney’s podcast, “The Rebel MT,” on the ABMP Podcast Network!

Topics and Techniques

This hands-on massage therapy CE course addresses low-back pain while bringing anatomy to life with muscles painted on the client’s body. Topics include the muscles, soft tissue, and common pain complaints in the lumbar region. Learn the common causes and specific massage therapy techniques to address overuse injuries, muscle strains, and trigger points in the lower back.


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Q: Is this 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 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.


"Wonderful, delightful presentation. Painting the muscles, bones, and other tissues on a live body was genius, and so instructive. Thank you."

"This class was awesome!  The paint showing the muscles and bones was extremely helpful."

"This was my favorite CE I have taken in a long time. The creative examples and muscle paint really made it memorable. The instructor's communication was clear and very informative. Excellent course!"

"This course is probably THE BEST video I have seen in my career of 20 years. I absolutely love and appreciate the humor and your explanations. Thank you!"

"This course was one of the best that I have taken. The video was very engaging and was entertaining. The information and language were very informative while still using all the medical terms but in a way that someone who just stated or has been in the field for a long time could easily understand. Absolutely loved the body paint creating a 3D model instead of just slides. I highly recommend this video."