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