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Client Assessment

August 11, 2010

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

Chapter 2.
There are two essential elements to performing a client assessment for massage therapy. The first is to provide a form for the client to fill out. The form would include things such as contact information, prior massage experience, current and previous medical conditions and areas on the body that are experiencing pain. The second part of a client assessment is the interview. The therapist reviews the forms the client previously completed with the client and then asks the client open ended questions. The questions should cover the purpose of the visit, the pain they have been experiencing, allergies and skin problems, lifestyle and vocation, and medical and health information. Using these two aspects of assessment should aid in a therapist providing quality care to his or her client.

Celiac Disease

July 21, 2010

I spent a majority of my life suffering from many of the symptoms of celiac disease. I would tell my doctors and other health care professionals about how I was always tired and just never felt good in general. I would be tested for anemia, the test would come back negative, and I would be told to sleep more and take vitamins. Finally, last August, a new doctor tested me for celiac disease and the test came back as positive. If it was not for this doctor being aware of the symptoms and the disease, I would still be eating large amounts of bread and wondering why I always felt so sick. It is very important for those working in massage therapy to be aware of the symptoms of various diseases. Massage therapists are in a position where they usually see patients on a regular basis. They get to know their patients well. The patients will probably share various health concerns with the therapist, through evaluation or just casual talk. What may seem like a common, unimportant complaint to the patient may be a sign of a more serious problem. If the massage therapist can pick up on this, it may save a patient’s life.

Chapter 2, Mobsy’s Pathology

June 29, 2010

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

The school I’m interning at requires 89 hours of intering for a 500 hour certificate/license massage program. One of the most important things I’ve learned is to get the clinet to talk about why they are actually coming in for a massage. Most of clients are in good health and just want 55 minutes of relaxation through massage, so it makes it easier but it’s very important to be a listner during the intake and introduction phase.


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