resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
The Acupuncturist's Problem
I want share with you some observations and insights into what seems to be the most common problem my colleagues in the acupuncture profession struggles with. If you also struggle with this problem, I hope you get a valuable "aha" moment from reading this.
Integrating Art with Clinical Practice for Patients with PTSD: The Artemis Project
Are you restricted by those one-on-one clinic dynamics? Why not join colleagues and clients in experimental group settings? Three of us volunteered to do just that in Austin on behalf of women veteranss from all branches of the service.
Functional Hip Impingement (Part 1)
Every time I sit down to write an article, I realize how much more there is to know about musculoskeletal pain. I also learn something new every time. (I want to give special thanks to Lucy Whyte Ferguson for assisting with this article.)
Applying the Thin Skull Principle
The "thin skull" principle, also known as the "you take your victim as you find them" principle, is a legal principle that can be summed up by the following statement.
Term Limits: What's in a Word?
It was the French historian and philosopher Voltaire who once declared the Holy Roman Empire was neither holy nor Roman nor an empire.
Optimism = Compassion = Trust
A randomized clinical trial recently published online in JAMA Oncology examined how patients viewed their doctor based upon how the practitioner presented bad news to the patient.
How Much Do You Know About the Benefits of Birds Nest?
Edible bird's nest is the nest made by the Swiftlet bird of Southeast Asia that is usually prepared as a soup and prized in Chinese culture as a healthful delicacy.
Medicine is Clumsy, Don't You Be
All medical systems have clumsiness in them. If the technique isn't, the practitioner is. Everyone in every form of medicine is striving to improve. That is why we call it practice.
A House Divided?
The American Chiropractic Association's House of Delegates voted on 30 resolutions at its annual business meeting in Washington D.C., but two in particular took immediate center stage due to their controversial nature.
Animal Acupuncture: A Case Study in the Treatment of Traumatic Injury in the Equine
The rise of animal acupuncture in the U.S. began in the early 1970's as a result of the work by members of the National Acupuncture Association in Westwood, Calif.
The Tide is Rising in the Acupuncture Profession
Former President Ronald Regan said, "When the tide rises all boats float." The tide is rising for the acupuncture profession. Many forces outside the profession are helping the tides to rise.
PCOM Granted Regional Accreditation
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) recently announce it has received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This achievement reflects five years of hard work on the part of faculty, staff, and students.
Marijuana, Apathy and Chinese Medicine, Part 1
This article was written in response to the unheeded acceptance of marijuana as a harmless substance that potentially does good when used for the medical relief of pain.
Turning a Blind Eye to History – and Reality
The American Medical Association is taking the Supreme Court's Feb. 25, 2015 decision exactly as it always does – by turning a blind eye to history, legal precedent and reality.
Low Back Pain in Professional Golf: A Common Muscular Relationship
Every sport creates its own unique demands on the body. Some sports require such a myriad of body positions that assessing pathology is often difficult and unpredictable.
A View From the ER
The University of Western States has inked an innovative agreement with local nonprofit health system Legacy Health whereby UWS sports-medicine fellows can experience observational clinical rotations in emergency-room settings within the Legacy system.
The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine
My Masters thesis was titled, "The Challenges of Integrating Eastern and Western Medicine," which highlighted several reasons why it is hard for these two worlds to mix.
Talking to Patients About Lumbar Facet Denervation (Medial Branch Neurotomy)
Lumbar facet denervation, more appropriately termed medial branch neurotomy (MBN), is a procedure that may be considered when patients suffer from recalcitrant non-radicular axial back and/or leg pain.
5 Tips for Using Pinterest to Market Your Practice
Pinterest is a very popular, but often under-utilized, social media platform where people can bookmark, or "pin," fun and interesting things from all across the internet.
Sleep, Less Sleep or No Sleep?
I had a dream I wasn't getting enough sleep. It was a very realistic dream, even though I was probably slightly awake and not really deep dreaming. Most likely I had been dozing, caught in that twilight of sleep and wakefulness.
July, 2008, Vol. 08, Issue 07
Age-Related Changes and Conditions, Part 2
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR
Last month, in part one of this article, we explored the typical changes that occur in physical and mental condition and function as people age. If you serve older adults in your practice, it's important to have a working understanding of signs and symptoms that might point to an underlying disease.Although we certainly aren't in the role of diagnosing any condition, we do have the responsibility to be watchful of changes and to refer to other health practitioners when appropriate. While some age-related changes generally are thought to be "normal," others might be signs of disease. Being informed about and anticipating such changes will strengthen your ability to assess your clients' needs, initially and on an ongoing basis.
Assessing the needs of elder clients might require you to modify your approach to fit individual differences in functional abilities. The purpose of any assessment is to determine four things:
Being willing to change how you conduct your assessment is critical to accommodate an older clientele. With a few practical adaptations, you will be able to gather the information you need to serve your clients with confidence.
Develop keen observation skills. Use you eyes, ears and intuition to gather information. By tuning in to both the person and the environment, you learn about functional abilities, posture, movement and pain. The client's reason for having a massage and their goals will determine the extent of the assessment. First, find out why they are getting a massage and go from there. The information you need will be different if they are there because their doctor referred them due to shoulder pain or because their daughter gave them a gift certificate.
Make the assessment process "user friendly." Simply asking your client to fill out your intake form might not be the best way to get the information you need. Many elders have difficulty writing due to arthritis or tremor. Even reading the small print of your form might be daunting to some. A few simple changes will save time and frustration for you and your client:
Even if a family member or friend accompanies your client, direct your questions and other communication to your client, not the companion. This empowers and honors the elder, and helps to establish a therapeutic relationship.
Signs of Possible Disease
The information you gather on your assessment form is only part of the story. Older adults often experience changes in physical or mental states that can be observed by looking, listening and feeling. If you sharpen your observation skills, you might pick up on important information not only during the initial assessment, but also during each visit. You then can make sound professional choices about how to proceed. The following changes might indicate an underlying condition or disease.
Vision: Sudden change in vision; eye pain, redness or swelling; or excessive discharge.
Hearing: Severe or abrupt hearing loss; ringing in the ears; or loss of balance.
Skin Conditions: Itching that causes sleep loss; new skin lesions or ulcers; mole that changes; bleeds, oozes, changes color or shape, or becomes larger; scars from past surgery; rash; edema; or red, shiny appearance (inflammation).
Bones and Joints: Pain that decreases mobility and range of motion; inflammation; scars from past surgery; recent fracture; or postural deformity (e.g., kyphosis of the spine).
Mobility: Physical pain, stiffness or swelling that inhibits the ability to accomplish daily activities; balance disturbance; decreased coordination; or a recent fall.
Urinary System: Burning on urination; urgency to urinate; "leaking" and stress incontinence; pain in the side or back; or incontinence.
Cognitive: Abrupt change in personality or signs of confusion or disorientation.
Being informed and ready to adapt to a client's changing needs will give you greater confidence in your skills, allowing you to enjoy the rich rewards of serving older adults in your practice.
Click here for more information about Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR.
Join the conversation
Comments are encouraged, but you must follow our User Agreementcomments powered by Disqus
Keep it civil and stay on topic. No profanity, vulgar, racist or hateful comments or personal attacks. Anyone who chooses to exercise poor judgement will be blocked. By posting your comment, you agree to allow MPA Media the right to republish your name and comment in additional MPA Media publications without any notification or payment.