Video Course: Rising Above the Opioid Crisis: Massage Therapy and Integrative Pain Management

Diana Thompson

The time has come for an integrative approach to pain management. The dangers of both opioids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are in the spotlight, and massage therapy is finally on the recommended list for alternative, evidence-based modalities for pain management. This timely course addresses the current focus on the biopsychosocial aspects of treating pain; the full range of massage, movement, and mindfulness techniques most bodyworkers have within their scope; and the responsibilities and expectations of working on a multidisciplinary team. Leave the course with a deeper understanding of how to work with clients with chronic pain and an action plan for working with an integrative health-care team.

This course was featured during the 2018 ABMP CE Summit: Common Client Conditions.

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Diana Thompson

Diana Thompson, a licensed massage therapist for nearly 35 years, has a private practice in Seattle, Washington, treating acute and chronic pain disorders and specializing in postoperative care. She is the author of a new book, Integrative Pain Management: Massage, Movement, and Mindfulness Based Practices; authored Hands Heal: Communication, Documentation and Insurance Billing for Manual Therapists, and wrote a regular column in Massage and Bodywork magazine, titled Somatic Research, from 2010-2013. She has just launched her next iteration of medical documentation with a web-based version: Hands Heal Electronic Health Records. Diana lectures at massage, acupuncture, midwifery, chiropractic, physician, and physical therapy conferences internationally, and is a consultant for massage therapy research with The Research Institute at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle. She is a past president of the Massage Therapy Foundation, and the proud recipient of many national honors. Learn more at

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