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Nicole L Nelson

Adjunct | Massage Therapist

Clinical & Applied Movement Sciences | Brooks College of Health

Areas of Expertise

Massage Therapy

Self Myofascial Release

Corrective Exercise

Movement Appraisal


May 2014 Master of Science of Health 

University of North Florida Jacksonville, Fl

Clinical and Applied Movement Studies

Concentration: Exercise Science and Chronic Disease

December 1999 Master of Science of Health 

University of North Florida Jacksonville, Fl

Concentration: Health Promotion/Health Education

December 1993 Bachelor of Arts in Science  

Kutztown University Kutztown, Pa

      Concentration: Secondary Education Mathematics



University of North Florida, Adjunct Instructor of the Year, 2018

University of North Florida, Recipient Who’s Who award, 1999

Kutztown University, Scholar Athlete, 1989-1992

Kutztown University, Women’s Tennis Team Captain, 1990-1991

Publications & Presentations

Nelson, N., Churilla, J.R. Massage Therapy for Pain and Function in Patients with Arthritis: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Feb 7. Doi: 10.1097/PHM, 2017.


Nelson, N., Churilla, J.R. A Narrative Review of Exercise-Associated Muscle Cramps: Factors that Contribute to Neuromuscular Fatigue and Management Implications. Muscle & Nerve. 54;177-185, 2016. DOI: 10.1002/mus.25176


Nelson, N. Kinesio Taping for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 20(3);672-681, 2016. DOI:


Nelson, N. Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema and Resistance Exercise: A Systematic Review. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 30(9);2656-65, 2016.


Nelson, N. Massage Therapy: Understanding the Mechanisms of Action on Blood Pressure: A Scoping Review. Journal of the American Society of Hypertension. 9(10): 785-793, 2015.


Nelson, N., Churilla, J.R. Physical Activity, Fear Avoidance, and Chronic Non-Specific Pain: A Narrative Review. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 19(3): 494-499, 2015.


Nelson, N. Muscle Strengthening Activities and Fibromyalgia: A Review of Pain and Strength Outcomes. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 19(2): 370-376, 2015.


Nelson, N. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness: Is Massage Effective. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 17: 475-482, 2013.


Nelson, N. Diaphragmatic Breathing: The Foundation of Core Stability. Strength and Conditioning Journal. 34(5): 35-40, 2012.




Nelson, N., Churilla, J.R. Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization: A Systematic Review






Nelson N. Breast Cancer-related Lymphedema: Is Resistance Training Save? ACSM’s Certified News. 26(4); 2016.


Nelson N. Does Caffeine Consumption Enhance Endurance Performance. ACSM’S Certified News. 24(3); 2014.


Nelson N. Is Massage Effective for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. ACSM’S Certified News. 24(1); 2014.


Nelson N. The Mayhem Created by Sitting: Dealing with a Cranky Iliopsoas. Massage Today Aug 2013.


Nelson N. Allostasis: A New View of Stress. Massage Today. July 2013


Nelson N. Fear Avoidance and the Issue of Chronic Pain. Massage Today. February 2013.


Nelson N. A Chronicle of a Kyphotic Tennis Player. Massage Today. December 2012.


Nelson N. The Peroneals: Anatomy and Function. Massage Today. November 2012.


Nelson N. Scalene Muscles: Playing Havoc with your Clients. Massage Today. May 2012.


Nelson, N. Diaphragmatic Breathing’s Influence on Core Stability and Neck Pain. IDEA Health and Fitness Journal. March 2012.


Nelson N. Massage Strategies for Upper Crossed Syndrome. Massage Magazine. November 2011.


Nelson N. 2018 Functional Movement Assessments and Exercise Programming for Apparently Healthy Participants. In: ACSM's Resources for the Exercise Physiologist. Ed. Magyari P. Wolters Kluwer.

Contact Information

(904) 620-2841