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Senior Citizens

June 29, 2010

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

I am really encouraged by the Chapter 1 Spotlight on Massage that states that movement therapy improves the physical life of senior citizens.  The Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies released an article in January 2002 after doing a study on the matter.  The results were that senior citizens who participated in 50-minute sessions four times within the span of two weeks “. . . improved in their functional motion on the Tinetti scale, and specifically on the gait scale, their leg strength increased, and their leg pain significantly decreased” when compared with the control group.

I have spent time observing the elderly receiving Occupational Therapy.  These patients are in pain and are experiencing a huge decrease in quality of life due to their physical difficulties.  It breaks my heart.  I am glad to see that there are studies being done to help in the ways senior citizens are being treated for their physical ailments.

Pathology and massage therapy in regards to an abused elderly client

June 11, 2009

When treating an abused elderly person with massage therapy, the therapist should assess all the risk factors of possible disease. In this case there would be several, (age, genetics, and gender) with the focus being on environment, and stress. In an abuse situation the stress would be great, causing a weakened immune system. The environment of an abused person would most likely be neglected. The combination of stress and lower standards of environment care and awareness would put this client at a very high risk for acquiring any virus or bacteria. Combined with the client’s age (slower recovery, etc.), the client is a prime host for pathogens. The massage therapist should proceed with extreme caution and use all methods of infection control that would apply to this type of situation.

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