Geriatric Precautions


1 CE Hours


Massage Professionals Update

Earn credits through articles you've already read in our Massage Professionals Update e-newsletter.

Discover ways to support your elderly clients. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide information on:

  • Eight common medical issues with geriatric clients and their massage implications.
  • Six less invasive, yet effective modalities for frail elders as well as 5 precautions for these clients.
  • Identifying the early states of a stroke.
  • Three complementary therapies for stroke rehabilitation.

In the Geriatric Precautions program we've combined four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These four articles include:

  • Geriatric Massage - Part I - There are currently more than 35 million Americans over the age of 65, and geriatric massage is one of the fastest growing specialties in the area of massage therapy. Discover eight specific medical issues you may encounter with this population – including skin ulcers, impaired hearing and chronic conditions – and how these issues may impact your massage sessions. In this exclusive 2-part article, you'll also learn how you can help ease the aches and pains of our aging population.
  • Geriatric Massage - Part II: Modalities for Frail Elders - Discover six techniques that can safely be used on those who are experiencing the discomforts of aging, and find out five special precautions and contraindications to be aware of regarding this growing population.
  • Would You Know if Your Client is About to Stroke? - Since there are no guarantees that a client won't have a stroke while in your care, make sure you can quickly identify the earliest stages of a stroke.
  • Stroke Rehabilitation: 3 Complementary Therapies - Learn how bodywork can play a valuable role in helping to prevent stroke in those who are most vulnerable, and help victims recover with dignity. Of the five million stroke survivors in the United States, more than three million have some resulting disability or degree of impairment. Discover three complementary therapies that have been shown to help in stroke recovery and rehabilitation.

You can either read the articles by clicking on any of the titles above or upon enrollment you'll be able to access these articles and your online test through your online course account.

Course Reviews

Martha Smythe, LMT

I found this course particularly helpful in that I am contemplating a move to a more specialized field of massage. Geriatrics and hospice care are two areas I am most interested in at this point. This course was helpful.

Stephanie Cook , LMT

Enjoyed the course and the information it provided. Very useful for many walks of life and not just the elderly as stroke can happen to even the younger generations. knowing the signs.....vital to the outcome of a stroke client. Time equals tissue and damage done.

Kimberly DePrez, LMT

I was glad this was an available course. Just today I worked on a geriatric woman who had a whole mess of issues and was on blood thinners and blood pressure medications. The massage was only a half hour and I am glad it was only that after reading how it may have caused her some issues had it been longer. Thank you!

Teresa Larsen, RMT

I liked the way the information was specifically geared toward massage therapy. The complex information was presented in a way that was logical and easy to understand. The information on identifying a stroke was extremely valuable. I have had that experience and did exactly what the program had said to do. It helps everyone to be prepared.

A. Tompkins, LMT

I really enjoyed this course and learned a great deal! Thank you!

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  • 4 MPU Original Articles - 15 pages
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion

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Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

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