FACULTY: THERESA A. SCHMIDT, PT,DPT,MS,OCS,LMT,CEAS
There is an increasing need for skilled hands-on care to address the challenges of our aging population. Therapeutic massage has proven to be beneficial in managing the symptoms of medical conditions associated with aging, and improving quality of life in the golden years. Therapeutic massage is an essential component of a treatment plan for seniors, with proven efficacy in the evidence-based literature for improving functional outcomes.
Intervention approaches for specific problems of the elderly (such as circulatory deficits, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, dementia, balance issues, and chronic pain) are discussed. Evidence reveals how therapeutic massage may be readily implemented as part of a treatment program to achieve better functional outcomes in elderly patients.
Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
- Describe the effects of aging on physiology, psychology and function in the elderly
- Discuss the efficacy of medical massage therapy in addressing select medical problems in the elderly, based on current evidence
- Describe modifications of massage interventions for addressing common medical conditions in the elderly.
- Explain the benefits of therapeutic massage interventions in promoting improved mobility, reduced pain, and positive functional outcomes in the elderly
Contact hours: Home study: 2
Course type: Home study or Webinar
Teaching methods: Lecture, slide presentation, handouts, question and answer session.
Audience: health professionals
Level: Beginner, intermediate