Video Course: Protect Your Practice: Public Health and Contagious Diseases-Part 2

Ruth Werner

Protect your practice by staying informed about the risks presented to you and your clients by contagious diseases. Learn the definitions, demographics, pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, treatment options, and role of massage therapy for contagious diseases that are especially relevant to massage therapists including HIV/AIDS; hepatitis A, B, and C; and respiratory infections including colds, influenza, and COVID-19.

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Course Outline
  • Definition, demographics, pathophysiology, types, signs/symptoms, treatment, and massage considerations for the following:
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Hepatitis
    • Respiratory infections
  • Emerging and re-emerging diseases
    • Candida auris
    • Mpox
    • Polio
    • Malaria
Learning Objectives

Having completed this online course video, the learner will be able to use the information from this course to make effective and evidence-informed clinical decisions for their clients, and to take appropriate actions to keep themselves and their clients safe from the threats of the contagious infections that are discussed.

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 therapy CE course is available to you on demand to access, learn, and earn CE whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for you!


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.


"Ruth Werner is an excellent educator. She describes pathologies in layman's terms and I specifically look for her classes!"