Video Course: Massage Therapy for Parkinson's & Alzheimer's Disease

Ruth Werner

Parkinson’s disease affects about 1.5 million people in the US. Alzheimer's disease is even more common, affecting over 5 million people in the US, and 10 percent of those over 60. If you work with an older population, it’s likely you’ll encounter these disorders. In this class, we’ll examine the recent research into massage for people who live with these diseases. You’ll discover how to apply that information to our clients’ benefit and will find out how massage therapists can help fill in some of the research gaps for these populations.

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Ruth Werner

Ruth Werner is an 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. She wrote the groundbreaking textbook, A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology. Werner is a columnist for Massage and Bodywork magazine and Massage New Zealand. She serves on several national and international volunteer committees, and teaches continuing education workshops in research and pathology all over the world. Visit her website at, or join her on Facebook,, for more information.

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