Pharmacology for Therapists: Common Gastrointestinal and Pain Conditions


About the Course
This course will review the interactions between therapeutic massage and certain medications, taking a closer look at common gastrointestinal (GI) and pain pathologies and the medications used to treat them. This course will help manual therapists develop a safe and effective treatment plan by identifying which medications are used to treat these common pathologies. Having a broader understanding of common symptoms and side effects of these medications will help therapists provide a more informed and effective treatment session. The goal of this course is to give therapists the confidence and knowledge particularly surrounding common GI and pain medications.   

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to: 

  • Recall common gastrointestinal and pain conditions.  
  • Review the common medications utilized for patients experiencing GI and pain conditions.
  • Discuss the common side effects and contraindications for common GI and pain medications.
  • Discuss the relationship of therapeutic massage with common GI and pain conditions and their associated medications.

About the Author/Presenter
Claudia Phillips, LMT, is a licensed massage therapist and internationally certified yoga teacher with over 10 years of experience. She graduated from Pacific College of Health and Science in New York with an associate degree in massage therapy, specializing initially in sports, orthopedic, and prenatal massage. Claudia holds massage therapy licenses in New York, Florida, and Virginia, along with certification from the MBLEX examination. Her journey into teaching yoga naturally complemented her massage therapy practice, allowing her to contribute to the physical and emotional well-being of her students, clients, and herself. Professionally, she divides her time between serving as the lead therapist at a five-star resort in Panama and working as an independent contractor for massage therapy offices in Virginia. In both locations, Claudia develops and refines continuing education courses for manual therapists. On a personal note, Claudia is a mother, surfer, and amateur chef. She strives to infuse her courses with the same level of creativity, clarity, and intention that she brings to each massage or yoga class.? 

How to Receive Credit 

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination.  A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention. 
  • Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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Accreditations and Approvals
Colibri Healthcare, LLC is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (Provider #450215-06). Most states accept courses approved by this board.