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Geriatric Precautions

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Geriatric Precautions
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Massage Professionals Update
  • 4 MPU Original Articles - 15 pages
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion


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 Objectives

  • Identify the clients classified as geriatric as well as their common pathologies and the impact on the healthcare system.
  • Explain the various techniques appropriate for use in the geriatric population as well as common precautions to be observed when working on seniors.
  • Identify the most common categories of cerebrovascular accidents (stroke), list the most common risks and identify the symptoms in someone experiencing a stroke.
  • Identify the causes of stroke and explain the potential efficacy of slow-stroke massage and three complementary therapies, as well as the importance of documentation (SOAP notes) regarding clients with this pathology.

Course Reviews

Deborah E Schneider, LMT


Susan Anderson, LMT, BCTMB


Barbara Bornemann, LMT


These courses have been very convenient for me to make up needed CEUs and find topics that are interesting and relevant to my current practice. These are great for refreshers.

Kimberly Dowell, LMT, BCTMB


Excellent refresher course on Geriatric clients

Christine Vranizan-Meaney, LMT, BCTMB


I’m so glad I took this course; short, yet I learned some helpful things making it quite worth while.

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Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler is a long time advocate of integrating perspectives on health. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester and a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute, Nicole has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2000. She has earned acupuncture licenses in the states of California and New York, is a certified specialist with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, has earned diplomat status with the National Commission of Chinese and Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology and is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology. In addition to her acupuncture practice that focuses on stress and pain relief, digestion, immunity and oncology, Nicole contributes to the integration of healthcare by writing articles and courses such as Infectious Disease: Hepatitis for health care providers.

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs attended both the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy and Hudson Valley School of Massage Therapy in New York – a state with some of the most rigorous licensing requirements in the U.S. – and also served as an instructor at the Hudson Valley School of Massage.

She is a professional member of the AMTA and the New York State Society of Medical Massage Therapists. Linda has actively practiced massage therapy in the Mid-Hudson Valley since 2002 with a focus on medical massage and massage for those with special needs, such as developmental and physical disabilities.

Ms. Fehrs has authored such courses as Build Your Massage Practice, Cancer & Massage, Women & Massage as well as Marketing Massage and the Economy.

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