This practical continuing education course deconstructs common myths about the use of massage in cancer treatment. Focusing on the use of touch techniques to provide comfort and ameliorate the side effects of conventional cancer treatment, the course text also provides the most recent research, the use of bodywork techniques to strengthen the body during and after treatment and the importance of gathering detailed information about a client's medical history.
Developed in 1989 by Mary Kathleen Rose through her work with hospice patients, the modality of Comfort Touch® enables you to bring the benefits of massage to the elderly and individuals suffering from chronic illness or injury. Through this continuing education program you’ll learn the principles of Comfort Touch® and gain a greater understanding of the physical and emotional needs this population.
Recent research into the physiological effects of massage has strengthened the justification for its use in the treatment of soft-tissue pain and injury conditions. The course text presents a comprehensive and in-depth look at the physiological nature of these conditions and the massage treatments most effective for their relief. Providing validation for the role of massage in treating orthopedic conditions, the text also aims to help the therapist understand the relationship between the soft tissues to which techniques are applied and the overall orthopedic disorder affecting their clients.
Complications from Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) kill more people in the United States per year than AIDS and breast cancer combined.
Learn how to recognize the symptoms and risk factors associated with Deep Vein Thrombosis and to distinguish a muscular problem from a more dangerous scenario.
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Amanda Webb, LMT
Great info! I've always worried about DVTs in my practice, but never had very indepth training on them. I will be much, much more aware as I move forward, and the screening sheet is going to become part of my new-client paperwork. Thank you!
Barbara Thaler, LMT, NCTMB
This course raised my awareness of cultural differences that affect quality of health care in a massage practice. There were several specific examples given that I will remember for the future. Living in such a diverse area as metropolitan DC, this course was essential.
Jillian Hubbel, CMP
Thank you for this class. Much of the information learned 15 years ago in massage school is not valid. I appreciate the updated information and the evidence that supports the information. Evidence based material lends more credibility to the information and allows me to be confident that this information will not allow me to cause harm to my clients. I had been asking for this very class for years and it was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you.
Dianna LeBeau, LMT
Loved this course! It was challenging but well worth the time and effort. The text was wonderful; well written and laid out and covered an enormous amount of information in a clear and concise way. The text will be a great source of reference that I'm sure to use frequently.
Ann N. Ashford, LMT
I found this course exceptionally through and practical. The variety of resources and approaches made it suitable for different learning styles. The inclusion of photos, drawings, exercises, and hints for practice were effective in reinforcing the materials, not to mention the DVD and companion website. The test was not very difficult and I could have completed it in a shorter time then the approximately 16 hours I spent on the course, but I was motivated to read and study more carefully.
Sharon Burch holds a Masters Degree in Nursing and has been practicing as a nurse since 1974. She is currently a Registered Nurse in the state of Arkansas. Additionally, Ms. Burch studied under many of today's leaders in massage therapy and bodywork during the 1980s, became Nationally Certified through the NCBTMB in 1993 and holds a professional membership with the AMTA.
As founder of Health Positive!, Ms. Burch has created over 60 home study nursing and massage continuing education programs, performed over 65 public, live educational presentations, has written two published books, served as a member on the NCBTMB Continuing Education committee and was a founding member of the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists.
Sharon is an instructor on many of the Institute's programs and has authored and co-authored various ethics courses and additional titles such as Touch for the Seriously Ill, Stress Reduction Through Bodywork, Staying Well – Naturally, Cardiopulmonary Health and Illness, Chronic Pain Management, Marketing Massage in Four Easy Steps, Preventing Medical Errors, HIV Update for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers, Understanding HIV, Massage for Edema and more.
Original founder of the Institute for Integrative Healthcare Studies, Ralph graduated from The Swedish Institute, New York in 1981. A New York State Licensed Massage Therapist, Ralph was also the associate producer and host of the Holistic Health and Wellness and Natural Wellness programs in White Plains, NY, the creator of the Loving Pregnancy Massage video and author of the Healing Energy & Touch course manual.
Ralph has also authored and co-authored additional courses with the Institute including Developing a Wellness Center, Prenatal Massage Fundamentals, Infectious Disease: HIV/AIDS, Infectious Disease: Hepatitis, Medical Errors, Ethics: Therapeutic Relationships, Advanced Anatomy & Physiology, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Ethics: Practice Management.
Mary Kathleen Rose is a certified massage therapist with over thirty years experience in the holistic health field. She graduated from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 1985 and has a B.A. in Integrative Heal-ing from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She has taught massage, career development, and wellness education at a number of different massage schools. She has served as a research consultant/trainer for a number of projects including National Institutes of Health funded studies: The effects of massage for people with spinal cord injuries; Massage for children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer; and teaching Com-fort Touch® to parents of children with sickle cell anemia.
Mary is the developer, author and instructor of Comfort Touch a nurturing style of acupressure appropriate for the elderly and the chronically and terminally ill.