According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five adult Americans suffers from arthritis. It is, in fact, the most common type of disability. There are specific manual therapies that are known to be able to address pain and stiffness and yet very few massage therapists have the skill and credentials to treat it.
Arthrossage is different from the more traditional Swedish or Deep Tissue massage. This is a clothing-on treatment that focuses on increasing flexibility, lubricating joints and lengthening muscles. This type of treatment can be used in conjunction with a sports massage and may even be considered a helpful tool for arthritis prevention. As a massage professional, this is a great service to provide and a great treatment for your clients to receive.
In this two-day continuing education course you will learn about various forms of rheumatic disease and medical massage procedures for arthritis intervention and treatment. During this class, you will:
- Learn to differentiate between various forms of rheumatic disease including Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia and Gout.
- Be introduced to the autoimmune disease process.
- Discuss arthritic symptoms and learn theories of causes of arthritic conditions.
- Understand the indications and contraindications for touch therapies and treatment protocols when working with rheumatic conditions.
- Explore exercise movement options for arthritic patients.
- Understand how and why to use hydrotherapy procedures.
- Learn to take an appropriate Intake/History outline.
- Gain an understanding and be able to appropriately apply myofascial release techniques, trigger point work and other manual therapies.
- Learn correct performance of joint mobilization techniques for clients with rheumatic disease.
- View various hands-on demonstrations of manual medical massage protocols that are appropriate for clients/patients with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions.
- Explore specific instructions for body mechanics and hand placements.
- Become proficient in joint orthokinetics as applied to rheumatic disease clientele.
- Engage in a hands-on exchange with other students and have the opportunity to give and receive treatments, ask questions and provide feedback.
- By the end of this course, the massage practitioner will be adept at speaking about and working with arthritic conditions and be able to perform a full-body Arthrossage massage on a client/patient with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions.
- Upon completion of this course, the student will feel more comfortable working with a team of rheumatologists and other physicians.
This series offers 16 massage therapy continuing education contact hours. This class is approved by NCBTMB.
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Please enroll early to ensure your place in class. Our class size limits are strictly enforced.
Additional classes will be added shortly.