Discover how to use your knowledge of massage to support clients with specific medical conditions!
Step-by-Step Massage Therapy Protocols for Common Conditions is intended to give massage therapy students and practitioners the knowledge and confidence to work safely with clients who have medical conditions. Relying on her many years of massage experience, Charlotte Michael Versagi outlines the skills needed to assess wisely, think critically, and use techniques already learned and practiced in massage school to work with these clients. The text provides practical, thorough protocols to help therapists support their clients while steering them away from doing any harm. This text prepares the student in a massage program, or the therapist already practicing, to become an effective member of a client’s healthcare team. The book is designed so that the therapist can quickly understand the basics of the condition, the most common strategies for medical treatment, and how to relieve pain and help the client deal with the condition.
The book’s easy-to-navigate organization helps create an effective learning experience, presenting the foundation for protocols in chapters 1-5, and then turning to specific conditions (arranged alphabetically) in chapters 6-44.
Each condition chapter presents a comprehensive yet concise explanation of the condition—what causes it, how it develops, how it is treated, and how the massage therapist can assess the condition's effect on the client. The central feature of each of these chapters is the Massage Therapy Protocol, which presents in tabular form a suggested protocol for supporting healing with massage therapy.
Special Features Help You Successfully Implement the Massage Protocols—
- Pathophysiology helps readers understand the nature and progression of the medical condition.
- Thinking It Through offers a set of questions for the massage therapist to consider before working with the client.
- Massage Therapy Assessment guides therapists in evaluating a client’s condition for the purpose of designing and implementing an effective massage therapy program.
- Therapeutic Goals help readers determine what is—and is not—a goal of massage therapy when working with a client who has a medical condition.
- Contraindications and Cautions alert readers when particular massage techniques may be harmful or medical intervention may be necessary.
- Review Questions assess understanding of the medical condition and its treatment.
Bonus Online Resources!
The companion website located on thePoint offers a fully searchable online version of the book as well as a sample client homework sheet, sample SOAP notes, and Dermatome map.
For each condition addressed in Chapters 6-44, the following template provides a comprehensive, concise picture of the medical condition and what the massage practitioner needs to know in order to support healing:
- Also known as (Different names for the condition)
- Definition (Brief description)
- General Information (Background)
- Morbidity and Mortality (Causes, who is affected, how serious it is)
- Pathophysiology (How the disease works)
- Overall Signs and Symptoms
- Signs and Symptoms Massage Therapy Can Address
- Treatment Options
- Common Medications
- Massage Therapist Assessment
- Therapeutic Goals
- Massage Session Frequency
- Massage Protocol
- Getting Started
- Step-by-Step Protocol
- Homework (for the client)
- Review Questions
- Massage Therapy Tip
- Thinking It Through
- Contraindications and Cautions
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Part I Groundwork: Fundamental Knowledge for Intelligent Hands
- Chapter 1 Defining and Practicing Clinical Massage
- Chapter 2 Physiologic Effects of Basic Massage Strokes and Techniques
- Chapter 3 The Physiology of Muscular Activity and Pain
- Chapter 4 Medications for Common Medical Conditions
- Chapter 5 Beyond the Table: Client Homework and Referring Out
Part II Step-by-Step Massage Therapy Protocols
- Chapter 6 Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Chapter 7 Bell's Palsy
- Chapter 8 Bursitis
- Chapter 9 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chapter 10 Cerebral Palsy
- Chapter 11 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Chapter 12 Constipation
- Chapter 13 Degenerative Disc Disease
- Chapter 14 Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
- Chapter 15 Fibromyalgia
- Chapter 16 Frozen Shoulder
- Chapter 17 Headache—Migraine
- Chapter 18 Headache—Tension
- Chapter 19 HIV/AIDS
- Chapter 20 Hyperkyphosis
- Chapter 21 Iliotibial Band Syndrome
- Chapter 22 Insomnia
- Chapter 23 Multiple Sclerosis
- Chapter 24 Muscle Spasm
- Chapter 25 Neuropathy: Diabetic Peripheral and Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral
- Chapter 26 Osteoarthritis
- Chapter 27 Parkinson's Disease
- Chapter 28 Piriformis Syndrome
- Chapter 29 Plantar Fasciitis
- Chapter 30 Post-Polio Syndrome
- Chapter 31 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Chapter 32 Raynaud's Phenomenon
- Chapter 33 Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Chapter 34 Scars
- Chapter 35 Sciatica
- Chapter 36 Scoliosis
- Chapter 37 Sprain and Strain
- Chapter 38 Stress
- Chapter 39 Stroke
- Chapter 40 Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
- Chapter 41 Tendonitis
- Chapter 42 Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Chapter 43 Trigger Points
- Chapter 44 Whiplash