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Reduce our national debt by reducing the federal electronic medical records mandate, comment

July 29, 2011

As a full time massage therapist, I am seeing more people under stress because of the uncertainty of the USA budget, finances, credit, and inability to pay. These people under stress are ordinary citizens and politicians. My heart goes out to both groups of people.

I do not understand how the politicians and the President can force the health care industry to spend money on federally mandated electronic medical records. This sadness occurs especially when our US government is requiring specific types of overbearing electronic medical records and it cannot balance its own budget.

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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.

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.

The Intake Form

June 2, 2010

I have found in my brief experience with giving massage, the more you know about your client, the more effective you massage will be. While I understand the legal necessity of the intake form and the value of general information, I find the interview to be most informative part of the intake process. I found the following intake form, http://www.wardpix.com/wardtouchmassage/forms/WT-Intake.pdf , on line. I like this form when compared to the one that our book has because it delves a bit deeper into client history without being too lengthy. I also like how this form explains to the client what to expect during the massage. I also find it helpful to make notes after each massage as there always seems to be an issue brought up in the massage that the client had forgotten to notate on the intake form.

client intake and health assesment

April 29, 2010

The first impression is the most important, and by maintaining a knowledgeable professional attitude and mannerism, massage therapists, will grow in their practice. Knowing the medical history of the client, possible contraindications and the actual needs, will help the massage therapist to establish a treatment plan, what modalities to use what pressure, and even what kind of oils. During the assessment the massage therapist should use every sense, palpating visualizing hearing, smelling, to analyze the subjective and objective data always comparing both sides of the body their looks, range of motion, reaction to pressure, posture, always remembering that is a person looking for your help and that is your duty to respond the best way you can. The client must be informed of the plan of action, the short term , and long term goals, the desirable and the possible undesirable effects. It is very important to establish a close communication with the client, any objective or subjective information of any changes needs to be recorded, positive or negative. This will allow the massage therapist to keep good records of the treatments to be able to satisfy the individual needs of clients, make adjustments if necessary and have legal evidence if needed.

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Assessment

April 14, 2010

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

While reading Chapter 2 I learned about client intake forms, and health assessments. While discussing with a new client the Intake form, some very important questions need to be asked. What medical problems do they suffer from such as; any sever muscular pain, any medical disease, any prescription medication, any skin issues, and then where is their main focus for the massage. Once all this and more information is found out, the therapist must adjust her routine accordingly. The client intake form is to always remain private and secure. The client must be able to trust the therapist with all this information.

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Pre-massage assessment

April 5, 2010

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

Chapter 2 is an overview about practitioner to client communication, client professionalism, data that is subjective vs. objective, how to explain your documents to clients, premassage interviews, making assessments, and putting together a treatment plan. This chapter shows how important it is to provide a safe environment for your clients and how to be professional with them in a skillful way when you do a premassage assessment.

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Client Intake Assessment

April 5, 2010

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

The Second Chapter was mostly review, but more than that, it was very, very nice reference material. It had several examples of intake and evaluation materials and showed some evaluation techniques. It also has some great tables including muscle names, body parts, and their movements. While I did already learn all this in basic anatomy and physiology, and then again in advanced anatomy and physiology, this book will definitely be one of the sources that is going to stay in my office for review every time I forget the name of a muscle. I will probably take several of the evaluation techniques into practice as well.

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Introduction of Pathology for Massage Therapists

March 31, 2010

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

During our practice of massage therapy we encounter people with different pathogens. By understanding pathology during massage therapy, we will improve our service to the clients by preventing the spread of the diseases, and protect ourselves of acquiring diseases. By palpating and observing the client skin and muscles a knowledgeable massage therapist can evaluate if some kind of abnormality is developing like a skin infection, swelling, trauma, tumor or anything that could disrupt homeostasis and put in danger the client’s life, a good evaluation by understanding the sings and symptoms we could take the correct decisions. If pathogens or abnormalities are present, the massage therapist should not diagnose but can recommend the client to visit a health care provider for deeper evaluation. In my experience during lymphatic draining massage, I have encountered many swollen nodes, some of them big enough to worry, immediately I informed the client made them palpate the swollen node and recommended them to visit their health care provider.

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Client Intake Assessment

March 19, 2010

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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Assessment

March 18, 2010

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

Chapter 2 is important to me and all other massage therapists because I believe that the first impression made upon a new client is one that should be seen as professional as well as well-informed. The client should be made to feel comfortable with the therapist, if not made to feel as though they are the therapist’s only client that day, so are very important to the therapist. Even though the intake may be lengthy, I feel as though it is necessary to correctly assess the client’s issues, or lack thereof, so I can provide a better overall massage experience and do not cause any harm or discomfort to the client each session.

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Chapter 1

March 9, 2010

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

It was very interesting to read about the top 10 causes of death in the United States (2000). The text listed these as (in order from the most prevalent): heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease, accidents, diabetes, pneumonia/ influenza, Alzheimer’s disease, Nephritis, (including nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis), and septicemia. I also was surprised to learn that although injuries resulting from violence or accidents are leading killers for children and young adults, the vast majority of Americans die from disease. There has also been much media educating the public about heart disease, as well as it’s effects on the population as a whole and women in particular. Being that February is Heart Disease Awareness month and the "GO RED" campaign for women is widely popularized, there is information all around us, from TV commercials to the designs on cans of soda! When reading and learning that heart disease is the leading cause of death for those aged 65 and older, it is important to devote resources for prevention, education and investigating treatments for heart disease. Additionally, it is important for message therapists to have this information, and to use it to aid in their intake of clients as well as medical recommendations. Message therapists that are aware of the signs and symptoms can relay this to their clients or refer them for additional assessment from other medical professionals.

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