Client Intake Assessment

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

This chapter outlines the steps of client intake and health assessment. It is important for a message therapist to use both the subjective information from the client, as well as objective assessment data collected during the intake to form a treatment plan. Objective assessment provides much detail about the client and can be gathered via observation or palpation. A skilled message therapist will notice how the client stands, walks, sits, their skin pigmentation and condition, general gait and movement patterns, as well as any deformities or signs of trauma. Once a thorough intake is conducted, the therapist can formulate an accurate and comprehensive treatment plan, with both short and long term goals.

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