Client Intake and Health Assessment

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In chapter 2 it talks about Client intakes and Health Assessment. When having a client the therapist should be professional in appearance and mannerism, and knowledgeable, skilled, self-aware, focused, calm, confident, and prepared. The massage therapist should collect subjective and objective information and combine these findings to decide what type, length of time, and frequency of treatment is needed. Subjective data are any information that can be gained from the client; it includes all written disclosure given on the intake form and all information gathered during the massage consultation. Objective data are measurable and quantitative, such as the size and shape of a mole, whether the right shoulder is higher than the left, or if the left knee is larger or (swollen) than the right, and by how much. Objective data may be a comparison of range of motion in one hip joint as compared to the other. The main components used for gathering objective information are observation and palpation, even though all senses participate in the process. Documentation is an important component of client care. Therapist need to document important aspect of premassage assessment, and assessment made during the massage treatment. Documentation protects the client by being a source of valuable information for the massage therapist & future therapists. Documentation and client records are legal evidence; this serves to protect the therapist by establishing professional accountability. Client’s intake and Health Assessments are very important to take down, it will help the massage therapist in the long run to document everything about the client and it would just be the more professional thing to do.

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