Massage: Care for Special Populations

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Learning Objectives

  • Develop and implement a clinical reasoning protocol to serve individuals with special needs.
  • Explain the concepts of "therapeutic change" and "condition management," and their practical significance to massage therapy and palliative care.
  • List some of the benefits of massage for people with chronic and terminal illness.
  • Explain the etiology of chronic illness and the differences between acute and chronic illness.
  • List some special considerations for elderly clients.
  • Define therapeutic change, condition management and palliative care, and describe a context for each.
  • Identify indications for massage therapy in chronic illness and explain the benefits of those indications.

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