Geriatric Massage & Manual Therapy
Promote Functional Outcomes through Touch
By: Theresa A. Schmidt, DPT,MS,OCS,LMT,CEAS
As the elderly population grows, there is an increasing need for skilled hands-on care to address the challenges of aging. Therapeutic massage has proven to be beneficial in reducing some of the symptoms of medical conditions associated with aging, improving quality of life in the golden years.
This program discusses age-related changes in health and physiology. Intervention approaches for specific problems such as circulatory deficits, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, balance issues, and chronic pain are discussed. A review of the evidence indicates the efficacy of therapeutic massage for common health conditions in seniors. Research reveals how therapeutic massage may be readily implemented as part of a treatment program to achieve better functional outcomes in elders. Therapeutic massage is an essential component of a treatment plan for seniors, with proven efficacy in the literature for improving function
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Describe the effects of aging on physiology, psychology and function in the elderly
- Discuss the efficacy of medical massage therapy based on current evidence
- Describe massage styles and modifications of massage interventions for addressing common medical conditions in elders
- Explain the benefits of therapeutic massage interventions in promoting improved mobility, reduced pain, and positive functional outcomes in the elderly
Credit hours: 1.5
Course type: Home study or live webinar
Course category: medical massage
Teaching techniques include lecture and Q&A vis e-mail with instructor.
Credit Hours: Educise PC is an approved provider of continuing education for the NCBTMB, Inc. Educise PC is an approved provider for the NY State Boards of Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy. This seminar is available as a live seminar, webinar or as home study.
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