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Ten Benefits of Massage Therapy

September 29, 2020
  • Massage therapy is the healing manipulation of the soft tissues. Also, a massage can be one of the most pleasing experiences a person can enjoy. Since ancient times, massage has been used as a treatment for stress or pain. Interestingly, there are many pluses massage provides that way beyond stress and pain relief.
  • There are a wide class of massages. These are just a few examples:
    • Swedish
    • Thai
    • Hot stone
    • Aromatherapy massage
    • Trigger point
    • Sports
    • Deep tissue
    • Shiatsu
  • It is said the best option is to give them all a try and see what works best for you. Each person seems to have his/her own favorite.
  • See how receiving a massage on a frequent basis can have a great impact on your mental and physical health:
    • 1. Improved sleep. If you’ve never had a massage before, you’ll be amazed by how well you sleep that night. There’s a lot of theories on why massage helps your ability to sleep, but there’s no doubt that it does. If you toss and turn to sleep, get a massage and see for yourself how much it helps you.
    • 2. It corrects the damage of sitting all day. A massage might be the most enjoyable cure for the pain that sitting all day causes to your body. It will help to lift your back and neck. Massage will decompress your spine and make you feel many years younger. If you spend a full day sitting in a chair, a massage is a needed.
    • 3. Massage is a great at calming. You’ll never feel more relaxed than you will after a great massage. It seems to squeeze all the stress out of your physical frame and leave you feeling like a sleepy, relaxed kitten.
    • 4. It increases your white blood cell count. Massage has been shown in numerous health studies to raise white cell count. It improves your immune system and reduces the likelihood of becoming ill.
    • 5. Massage sharpens focus. Focus and relaxation are related. Massage has the ability to free your mind and allow you to focus more sharply. Those that struggle to concentrate on a task often find that massage is helpful in this aspect.
    • 6. Lowered depression symptoms. A routine massage helps to prevent depression. It also reduces the symptoms of depression when you’re feeling down. If you’ve been feeling emotionally down, a massage is worth a try.
    • 7. Enhanced posture. Studies show that massage can help improve your posture. If you’re prone to hanging your head forward or slumping, massage could be the answer. Many people report feeling like they are taller after a massage. This is the result of improved posture and feeling better about ones self.
    • 8. Increased flexibility. Enhanced flexibility is the result. Flexibility is primarily a function of nervous tension. Massage helps to reduce the amount of tension in the muscle.
    • 9. Reduced pain. It might be right thinking to assume that massage would increase pain when you consider that the massage therapist is squeezing, pushing, and pulling on your body. To the contary, the opposite is true. The massage itself could be painful for a brief time, however you’ll feel less pain after the massage than before.
    • 10. Prevention of injury. Massage does great things for your muscles, ligaments, and tendons. A significant number of professional athletes receive regular massages to help prevent and treat injuries.
  • If you have never had a massage, you’re in for a delight. If you have had a massage, why aren’t you having them more frequent? Massage is a great activity to include in your health activity plan.
  • Keep and open mind and ask around for referrals. Based on your location, there are licensed and unlicensed massage therapists. You never know who will work the greatest peace on your body.

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Treatment Planning

November 26, 2010

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

The chapter begins with discussion about client assessment. Client intake forms and interview are discussed next. Client intake forms should request personal, contact, health, medical, and emergency contact information. It should also request regular physician and health care provider information as well. The purpose of the interview with the client is to screen for contraindications and determine the need for any adaptive measures. Next, the five steps of treatment planning are discussed along with formulation of the plans. The chapter ends with recommendations for subsequent sessions.

Treatment Planning

July 20, 2010

Treatment planning is a crucial part of any medical treatment. The proper steps must be taken to ensure that the patient’s health and well being is taken into consideration at each and every step of treatment. First, client information must be recorded, such as current medical conditions, past and upcoming surgeries or procedures, allergies, and various other information. Once as complete of a medical history as can be received has been completed, the therapist is ready to assess the patient and begin a Plan of Care (POC) for the patient’s therapy. The POC is crucial because this is how the therapist guides his or her treatment of the patient. If the therapist has completed a proper medical history and worked with the proper medical personnel to construct the best POC possible for the patient as well as working with the patient to ensure the patient gets out of the therapy what he or she wants and needs, the therapist will have made his or her best effort to help treat the patient and get the patient on his or her way back to a healthier, happier life.

Treatment Planning

July 19, 2010

Treatment planning is highly beneficial for the client and a must when performing massage. Treatment planning also know as a plan of care outlines a set of actions to resolve health issues. These issues will be identified during the client assessment. I see that a client assessment is necessary and should be mandatory for the health sake of the client. By writing down and keeping information on the client future therapists or me, I will have access to a sort of growth chart of the client to see how they have done with therapy.

Treatment Plans

July 19, 2010

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

Formulating an appropriate treatment plan, as discussed in the book and in the power point for Chapter 2, will also be an important aspect of Occupational Therapy.  It involves knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and intense discussion with the patient about what they want to gain from therapy; or in my case with Pediatric Occupational Therapy, discussion with the parent or guardian and the patient.  It also involves using people skills and knowing what therapeutic techniques will work best to help the client for what problems they are having.  In Pediatric Occupational Therapy, you can often come across such problems as children who are recovering from brain surgeries, children with cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, and other diseases that can affect physical functioning.

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July 6, 2010

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

I found the information on how to properly interact with clients in chapter 2 very helpful.  When I first read through the information I thought a lot of it was common sense.  I then realized that despite the fact that it makes sense, I can see myself doing (or not doing) the things it warned against without even realizing it.

For example, the book warns not to use substitute names, such as dear, when addressing clients.  In the past, I have used such names without even thinking about it.  Now that I have read this section in the book, I will make a conscious effort not to use such names for people coming to me for my services.  I have found that when people I do not have a personal relationship with use such names on me, I feel as if they are putting me down and acting as if they are better than me.  This is not a good way to develop a good therapy/patient relationship.  I will try to make a conscious effort to establish a relationship of mutual respect with my clients, as opposed to me subconsciously treating them as if I am above them.

Treatment Planning

July 1, 2010

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

This chapter covers the importance of having a treatment plan and assessing your client’s condition. The assessment should include subjective and objective data. The client should complete his/her intake form which will provide the therapist with personal and medical information and helps the therapist to determine any contraindications. The therapist will review the intake form and have a short meeting with client. Therapist will discuss reason for client visit, allergies, medication, medical history, etc. At this time the therapist can determine if there are any contraindications.

Treatment Planning

April 2, 2010

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

Chapter 2 Treatment Planning was a good chapter for me. It really was a great way to get organized for your client and for yourself. You need to have this information about the persons medical background and there lifestyle in order to help them the best you can. Also to help you so you do not injure them. You always need to protect yourself in case of a lawsuit too. You should have everything signed by your client to insure that they are ok with you proceeding with your massage work on them. I like both formats the PPalm and the OPPQRST. It is for their benefit so they should not mind taking the few min. to fill out forms and also chat with you quickly.

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