Accommodating Clients with Diabetes
Massage General Courses

Accommodating Clients with Diabetes

Author(s): Julie Goodwin

3CE credits 11 Lessons Text

This course examines diabetes and explains the steps you should take as a massage therapist when treating clients with diabetes. Learn about the types of diabetes, how they affect the body and ways to (in a massage therapy setting) manage complications both from the disease and the medications prescribed to patients.

This course includes short videos to enhance the text content.

When you finish this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe how massage therapists can assist the growing number of those with diabetes.
  • Define types, symptoms, causes and possible controls for types 1 and 2 diabetes.
  • Describe the etiology, signs, symptoms and treatments for types 1 and 2 diabetes.
  • List contraindications for massage therapy for those with diabetes. 

  1. Basics of Diabetes Mellitus
  2. Terminology and Standards
  3. Etiology and Symptoms of Diabetes Mellitus
  4. Treatment of Diabetes—Injectable Insulin
  5. Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes
  6. Monitoring Diabetes Mellitus
  7. Complications of Diabetes Mellitus
  8. Complication Guidelines
  9. Massage Therapy Treatment Planning
  10. Case Profiles
  11. Resources and Handouts

Julie Goodwin, LMT, is a longtime massage therapy educator, the author of Touch & Movement: Palpation and Kinesiology for Massage Therapists, and creator of She is a 2018 Inductee into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.