Medically fragile clients are those with frail constitutions due to chronic or terminal illness, advanced age, or injury. These patients have complex, serious medical conditions. They may also be referred to as “medically frail” or “medically complex.” Massage therapist and educator Julie Goodwin explains that clients who fit into the “medically frail” category often have “multiple health conditions from which recovery or rehabilitation is unlikely, medical treatments and medications that create side effects that interfere with daily functioning, and impairments to mobility and cognition.”
When taking classes at our massage school, many students are pleasantly surprised at the depth of knowledge expected of them. As 2004 East West College graduate Nancy Failla explains, “When I came to East West, I had no idea how hard the anatomy and physiology classes were going to be. I actually thought it was mostly going to be massage and hands on. It was surprising, but in a good way, because the curriculum was so intense and so thorough that I felt like I was in premed school.” As a result of these high academic standards, many […]
More than 3 million Americans have Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition with no known cure. Fibromyalgia is defined by body-wide pain and sensitivity to touch. It is also known as Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) because other symptoms are not uncommon. Women are far more likely to experience Fibromyalgia. Overall, Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder that can be managed, but not cured. Let’s take a look at how taking massage classes can help Fibromyalgia patients. […]
Self-care is so important in the massage profession. Think about it this way: you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. Your body and hands are the tools of your trade, and every tradesperson appreciates the importance of keeping tools in tip-top condition. […]
A recent article in Massage Magazine caught our attention. It discusses arnica, and how arnica-infused products can help improve circulation. Today we’re summarizing that piece while also exploring how different groups of patients, specifically athletes, can benefit from improved circulation. For athletes, key benefits of a healthy circulatory system include an uptick in athletic performance. The benefits of arnica can be valuable for sports massage clients and others. Read on to learn more. […]
Most massage therapy schools offer different courses that cover various massage techniques. If you clearly understand your end goal, you can easily choose a proper program that suits your preferred career path. […]
To become a massage therapist, you must enroll at a proper school and pass an examination. Later, you’ll have to fill out an application for a massage license. Once you get this, other steps must be taken to keep the license valid. […]
Assuming your massage therapist is competent, massage always feels good. But one type of massage, deep tissue massage, creates a uniquely satisfying feeling that can also be quite intense. If the LMT is skillful, deep tissue massage relieves tension from muscle adhesions.