Acupressure Treatments for Headaches

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Headaches are not created equal. The severity, symptoms, and causes vary. Explore the various types of headaches and the differences between Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine approaches to understanding headaches and treatments. This course provides practitioners with acupressure techniques to activate meridian channels and the most common points used for the treatment of headaches.

In this course, you will learn:

  • Classifications of common headaches.
  • The theory behind meridian channels, which forms the basis of the acupressure technique.
  • How to activate the meridian channels associated with each type of headache.
  • Common acupressure points used for the treatment of all headaches.
  • A detailed treatment protocol and approach.

Dexterity Professional Development submits courses for approval to regulatory colleges and associations across Canada. Timelines vary and courses are submitted on a rolling basis. As approvals are granted, this section is updated. Remember to check back often!

Certified Registered Massage Therapist Association (CRMTA) 1.5 Secondary Credits
Canadian Massage & Manual Osteopathic Therapists Association (CMMOTA) 1.5 CECs
Massage Therapist Association of Alberta (MTAA) 3 Primary Credits
Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba (MTAM) 3 Core Competency/Primary Credits
Massage Therapist & Wholistic Practitioners of the Maritimes (MTWPAM) 3 credit hours Primary / Category A
College of Massage Therapists of New Brunswick (CMTNB) 1.5 Category A Credits
College of Massage Therapists of Newfoundland & Labrador (CMTNL) 1.5 Category A Credits
Massage Therapists Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS) 1.5 Primary CEU
College of Massage Therapists of PEI (CMTPEI)
3 CCP Hours
PEI Massage Therapy Association (PEIMTA)
3 Category A Credits
L'Association des Naturopathes Professionnels du Québec (ANPQ) / L’Association des Naturothérapeutes du Québec (ANQ) / Regroupement des Massothérapeutes du Québec (RMQ)
3 Credits
Massage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan (MTAS) 0.5 Primary Credits
Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC) 5 CCP Credits
National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) 3 CE
New York Sponsored (NCBTMB) 3 CE

Under the CMTO’s new Quality Assurance Program (STRiVE), courses are no longer granted approval by the CMTO. It is up to the learner to demonstrate that a course is relevant to their learning goals and the STRiVE competencies. We have provided the description below to help the learner link the course to the STRiVE competencies. A course is often related to more STRiVE competencies than those listed.

The competencies below are established in the CMTO continuing education guidelines. This course addresses the competencies in many ways, including those described below.

Function in a client-centred manner. This course reinforces the importance of the pre-treatment assessment in a headache acupressure treatment, particularly because headaches may be indicative of more serious underlying conditions. Various headache types and causes are covered in depth to enable the RMT to select the appropriate treatment, make treatment modifications as necessary, and provide education to the patient.

Work within areas of personal knowledge and skills. This course provides the RMT with the opportunity to learn and become competent in a complementary modality that can be integrated into a massage therapy treatment. This knowledge involves recognizing where use of this modality is appropriate, and how to use this within the parameters of the RMTs scope of practice. Additionally, the course highlights high risk conditions where the limits of the RMTs scope of practice are reached, indicating the need to refer a patient to a medical doctor and/or collaborate with other medical professionals.

Practice in a self-reflective manner. This course enables the RMT to add the advanced complementary modality of acupressure for the treatment of headaches to their reservoir of techniques. The RMT that takes this course has reflected upon their practice and their decisions, and recognizes where knowledge should be enhanced. Through taking this course, the RMT draws on external information to achieve continuous learning and quality improvement.

Use an evidence-informed approach in your work. This course was developed based on current evidence and research by an RMT experienced in manual therapy and acupressure. The Dexterity PD promise is to evaluate every course on a biannual basis to ensure any developments or changes in the profession are reflected in course content. Thus, RMTs who take this course and adopt its recommendations can be assured that they are practicing in a manner consistent with current developments. A resource list is included in the downloadable guide to every course so that RMTs can conduct further research and/or confirm course findings. Any treatment recommendations are based on this research and the opinion and experience of the RMT who developed the course. All course content and recommendations have been evaluated by two additional RMTs to affirm the accuracy of the content. For more details, please see the Our Quality Control Process.






Takayoshi Munemoto
M.A., RMT, R.Ac., CLT

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