Massage & Treatment Planning: PPALM

Treatment planning is the documented process of developing a client’s treatment or course of treatment. The resultant treatment plan consists of strategies the therapist will use to resolve issues and address goals identified by the client. The plan also takes into account the therapist’s training, experience, and scope of practice. A well-designed treatment plan will […]

Massage: Benefits for Cancer Patients & Caregivers

Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer & cancer treatments, according to the Society for Oncology Massage. It is important that therapists working with cancer patients obtain knowledge of cancer & related complications, the location of known tumor sites, cancer progression, commonly used cancer treatments […]

Massage, Diabetes Type 2, & Neuropathy

PART 2 OF 2: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) is the most common form of DM & accounts for more than 90% of all cases. The National Diabetes Statistics states that over 9.3 % of the population has type 2 diabetes, & this rate is growing annually. Young people are more likely now than ever to […]

Massage & Seizure Disorders

Seizure disorders are characterized by explosive episodes of uncontrolled & excessive electrical activity in the brain, or seizure, & results in a sudden change in behavior and level of consciousness. The event is described as a lightning storm in the brain. A seizure may be subtle & consist of abnormal sensations, or it may produce […]

Massage & Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome plagues those who work with computers or jobs that involve repetitive motion. The numb fingers, tingling, & weakness in the hand are common signs of CTS. Causes of CTS are repetitive use of the wrist, direct trauma, & some structural abnormalities (carpal tunnel is narrower than average).  CTS occurs most often in people […]

Massage & Prenatal/Postpartum Depression

Part 6 of 6. Depressive disorders can occur at any stage of life, including during pregnancy and the postpartum period. There is nothing shameful about depression and if you or someone you know is experiencing depressive symptoms, talk to your health care provider right away. Several studies have investigated the effects of massage on depression […]