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Infection Control - Bacteria

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Infection Control - Bacteria
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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 you can prevent the spread of infection in your practice and exposure to yourself and your clients. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • How antibiotics may impact bodywork.
  • Ways staph infections are transmitted and how to prevent exposure.
  • Proper hand cleansing.
  • Situations when medical gloves may be appropriate for massage.

In the Infection Control - Bacteria program we've combined four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These four articles include:

  • How Antibiotics May Impact Bodywork - Although frequently prescribed, many people do not realize the disturbing implications of antibiotic use. Discover several issues relating to antibiotics that all massage therapists should be aware of.
  • Massage Therapy and Drug Resistant Staph Infections - As harmful bacteria grow and change over time, they become more and more resistant to commonly used antibiotics. Are they only dangerous in hospital settings, or do massage therapists in private practice need to be concerned as well?
  • Keeping a Massage Therapist's Hands Germ-Free - Reviewing the details of preventing the transmission of germs - and recognizing where mistakes are made - can help renew massage therapists' pledge to properly cleanse their hands.
  • Massage Therapy: Safety and Medical Gloves - Massage therapy is a hands-on profession. Through the hands of a massage therapist can be felt the tension of muscles, the misalignment of bony structures and the stress of daily life. Some massage therapists may even be able to tell whether a person competes in a particular sport, drives a stick-shift or works at a desk all day - just by the way the body feels during a massage session. On the other hand, learn why some situations require the use of medical gloves.

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

  • Explain antibiotic resistance and how a client’s use of antibiotics can have an impact on bodywork.
  • Identify common drug resistant bacteria and explain how infections caused by them can be avoided in a massage therapy setting.
  • Explain why clean hands are so important for a massage therapist as well as how to properly wash hands and use hand sanitizers effectively before and after working with clients.
  • Explain how the occasional use of surgical-type gloves have come into use in a massage therapy setting, as well as identify the various types of gloves that may or may not be recommended for use with massage oils.

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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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