NCBTMB & Heart Touch

By Editorial Staff
2017-11-8

NCBTMB & Heart Touch

By Editorial Staff
2017-11-8

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) and The Heart Touch Project (THTP) will introduce the profession's first Pain and Palliative Care Specialty Certificate Program. Under the new partnership, candidates become eligible for the credential upon completion of the Heart Touch Pain and Palliative Care Massage Therapy Training Program or upon completion of the NCBTMB Portfolio Review process, both of which culminate with the NCBTMB Specialty Exam.

Massage therapy is increasingly embraced as an important alternative and/or complement to drug therapy in palliative care. A 2011 study published in ISRN Nursing noted that, "massage therapy is to be considered a cost-efficient, noninvasive intervention positively influencing and contributing to the reduction of pain, anxiety, and depression in seriously ill cancer patients."

The Heart Touch Pain and Palliative Care Massage Therapy Training Program includes coursework in oncology massage, mind body integration, massage for pediatric patients, and other courses in addition to internship and grand rounds requirements.

"We are thrilled to partner with The Heart Touch Project to introduce the profession's first nationally-recognized credential in this important area of work," said Donna Sarvello, vice president, educational support, NCBTMB. "This comes at a crucial time as massage therapists and bodyworkers work with hospitals to provide safe, effective massage to patients interested in alternative, non-drug treatment options for pain. THTP's training program is an essential foundation to understand the role of massage in pain and palliative care, effects of medications on massage therapy, working as part of an integrative pain and palliative team in a hospital and hospice setting, and much more."

For more information on the Heart Touch Pain and Palliative Care Massage Therapy Training Program, visit hearttouch.org/pain-and-palliative-curriculum.