Free MBLEx Practice Test

The Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) is one of two national tests that certify the massage therapist to operate in all fifty states. The advantage of MBLEx certification is that the certificate follows the therapist across state lines, eliminating the need for separate state certifications.

The Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination has 125 multiple-choice questions that must be answered in two and a half hours. While anyone may take the test, it is administered in the English language only. MBLEx is a computerized test, and it may be taken an unlimited number of times.

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The Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam requires a thorough knowledge of human anatomical and physiological body systems. Muscular-skeletal function is also an important part of the MBLEx.

Anatomy and physiology comprise 14% of the exam, with a focus on endocrine, circulatory and digestive functioning, as well as the nervous system and skeletal structure.

Kinesiology accounts for 11% of the exam, most of it concentrated in the areas of muscle utility, range of motion, and the location and function of muscle fiber and attachment ligaments.

Pathology makes up 13% of the exam; the content in this area pertains to pain, discomfort or impaired movement caused by injury or age or other conditions of special populations.

Remedial activities of massage therapy make up 17% of the exam, focusing on the benefits of massage techniques and soft tissue manipulation, and the methodologies that match the condition.

Diagnosis and assessment of patient injury, limitations or other physiological conditions make up 17% of the exam, with a stress on data collection, consultation and communication with clients, and holistic diagnostic techniques. The development of a treatment strategy is the result of effective communication and an accurate physical history.

5% of the test is devoted to a general overview and history of massage within a variety of contexts. 13% of test questions are concerned with adherence to high standards of ethical behavior and knowledge of the laws and regulations that apply to the profession.

Business operations occupy a significant portion of the exam. About 10% of questions will be directed toward hygiene, safety considerations, and injury prevention. The maintenance and privacy of client records is essential.

Practice Questions

1. Which of the following systems is a closed circuit whose main function is transportation through a network of vessels?

a. Lymphatic system.
b. Skeletal system.
c. Cardiovascular system.
d. Endocrine system.

2. Which of the following types of membrane is found in closed cavities in the body?

a. Cutaneous membranes.
b. Serous membranes.
c. Mucous membranes.
d. Connective tissue membranes.

3. What is the main mechanism behind the functioning of nonsteroid hormones?

a. Negative feedback.
b. Hypersecretion.
c. Second messenger mechanism.
d. Positive feedback.

4. The plane that goes from top to bottom, which divides the body in left and right sides directly in the middle is referred to as which of the following?

a. Sagittal.
b. Frontal.
c. Transverse.
d. Midsagittal.

5. Which of the following techniques would be used by an individual participating preparing to run in a marathon in 3 days?

a. Carbohydrate loading.
b. Protein loading.
c. Glycogenesis.
d. Antioxidant treatments.

Answer Key

1. C: The Cardiovascular system is made up of the heart, arteries, veins, and capillaries that transport nutrients, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and waste through the blood to all sections of the body. This closed-circuit system also serves to regulate body temperature and some specialized cells of the cardiovascular system assist with the immune system. Also called the circulatory system, blood travels through the heart, leaving it by way of arteries and continues through the arterioles, capillaries, venules, and veins. The blood then returns to the heart through veins. In addition to this systemic circulation, pulmonary circulation is the process for transporting blood to the lungs; hepatic portal circulation transports blood through the liver, and fetal circulation transports blood to and from a fetus.

2. B: Serous membranes are found in the closed cavities of the body. This type of membrane is classified as an epithelial membrane and is made up of two layers. This top layer is the squamous epithelium and the bottom layer is connective tissues called the basement membrane. Additionally, these membranes are named according to where in the body they are located and what they cover, and more specifically, when covering the wall of a cavity it is termed a parietal portion and when covering an organ this membrane is termed the visceral portion. Serous membranes within the thoracic cavity are referred to as pleura, and those within the abdominal cavity are referred to at peritoneum. Therefore, the serous membrane that covers the wall of the abdominal cavity is called the parietal peritoneum, covering the organs within the abdominal cavity referred to as the visceral peritoneum. Those covering the lining of the thoracic cavity are referred to as the parietal pleura, whereas those covering the organs within the thoracic cavity are called visceral pleura.

3. C: The second messenger mechanism is the main mechanism of functioning for nonsteroid hormones. For this process, a first messenger is required; commonly a protein hormone which will attach to a specific receptor site on the cell membrane. Once the connection between the protein hormone and the cell receptor site has been accomplished, chemical reaction occurs and activates the second messengers, which are in the cell. Once the second messengers are activated, then the hormone can carry out its specific function. This process is a form of communication between the hormones and the cells. A common example of this process can be demonstrated by the hormone adenosine monophosphate, which is a second messenger that provides the cell with necessary information for activity.

4. D: The midsagittal is the plane that goes from top to bottom, which divides the body in left and right sides directly in the middle. This should not be confused with the sagittal plane, which divides the body in left and right sides but does not do so directly down the middle of the body or organ. Other planes that are used to determine and discuss a specific location of the body include frontal, running side to side and dividing the body into front and back, and transverse, running horizontally, dividing the body into top and bottom.

5. A: Carbohydrate loading would be the most beneficial nutritional practice or technique for an individual preparing for a marathon. Carbohydrate loading is the intake of a large amount of carbohydrates for storage in the body, specifically, in skeletal muscle fibers. When athletes consume a high carbohydrate diet, they are able to store up to two times as many carbohydrates as normal. This additional energy will allow them to sustain physical activity for a longer period. As energy is needed, the body takes the stored carbohydrates and processes them through glucose catabolism, which has three stages: (1) glycolysis; (2) citric acid cycle; and (3) electron transfer system.

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Last Updated: 09/11/2017

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