About the authors / Acknowledgments / Figure permissions / Glossary / Preface / Introduction
Holders of a legacy: The evolution of hospital-based massage therapy
A frontier of knowledge: Exploring the research Gayle MacDonald with Carolyn Jauco-Trott
Adapting to hospital culture: Traveling in a foreign land
The spectrum of caring: Understanding the therapeutic relationship
Protecting patients and practitioners: Infection control practices
Pressure, site and position: A clinical framework
An overview of common diseases requiring health care treatment
Common symptoms and conditions: Sign posts for the massage therapist
What’s that beeping? Medical devices and procedures
Pharmaceutical factors: Adjustments for medications
Gathering information: Referrals, orders and intake
One on one: The massage therapy session
Beyond touch: Aromatherapy massage sessions in health care Angela Secretan
Sacred time: Touch at the end of life Cindy Spence
The value of documentation: Charting protocols
Trending into the future: Possibilities and probabilities
Appendix / Test answers / Index
This is the second edition of a highly successful book – the only one available on this topic. The first edition was written by a well-known massage therapist and author, Gayle MacDonald. For the second edition Gayle has brought in a co-author, Carolyn Tague. Both are well-known and highly respected in the field of hospital massage therapy.
The second edition focuses solely on the adult patient and has new chapters on aromatherapy massage, end-of-life care, cultural sensitivity and understanding the therapeutic relationship between patient and practitioner. It also incorporates new sections on addiction and neurological disorders, as well as the most recent research from around the world. The new edition is highly illustrated with full color photographs and drawings, including many new illustrations.
From the Foreword by Ruth Werner BCTMB
‘With Hands in Health Care, Gayle MacDonald and Carolyn Tague have cemented a legacy in the massage therapy field. This beautifully written text is grounded in current research, but it is rich in the grace and compassion that inspire us to serve people who are in need. I love their thoughtful voices, along with their many examples of practical application of basic principles. Reader, you are in for a treat. Thank you, Gayle and Carolyn, for helping to open this pathway for massage therapists. Thank you for reminding us where we came from, and showing us where we can go next. Our profession is better for your contribution.’
Gayle MacDonald MS LMT began her career in 1973 as a secondary school health teacher. In 1989, she became a massage therapist, which led to the blending of her first two careers. After finishing massage school, she started teaching Body-Mind education for massage students. A serendipitous phone call in 1993 led her to develop a hospital massage program for cancer patients at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. Over time, MacDonald worked with heart transplant patients, women hospitalized because of a high-risk pregnancy, orthopedic and general medicine patients.
Gayle is a pioneer. Her book, Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer, (Findhorn Press) was pivotal in overcoming the myth that people with cancer could not have massage due to the fear of metastasis. She wrote the first modern hospital massage text, Massage for the Hospital Patient and Medically Frail Patient (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins). It is this book which, in collaboration with Carolyn Tague, she has now rewritten and updated for Handspring. Gayle has travelled and taught in the United States, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, The Netherlands, and Belgium sharing what she has learned since starting at OHSU 25 years ago.