Massage and Medications—When is Therapy Dangerous?
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Massage and Medications—When is Therapy Dangerous?

Author(s): Jeannette Vaupel, RN, BSN, LMT, NCTMB

3.5CE credits 16 Lessons Text

Many medications have side effects that cause physiologic changes which require altering massage to avoid causing harm. Learn guidelines on how to minimize the risks that can occur with massage and medications. Explore medical side effects that can be mistaken for common ailments, resulting in inappropriate treatment plans. In addition, understand major drug side effects, and groups of medications that require special attention.

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

  • Define seven classes of medications that warrant proceeding with caution for massage therapists.
  • Be aware of potential side effects from medications that require alterations in massage therapy sessions.
  • Describe ways to detect various side effects from medications.

  1. The Importance of Knowing Client Medications
  2. The FDA
  3. Drug Classifications and Actions
  4. Medications and the Body
  5. Protocols for Decision-making
  6. Planning the Massage Therapy Session
  7. Selecting Massage Techniques Based on the Medication Taken
  8. Special Considerations for Clients with Diabetes
  9. Drug Considerations and Massage Therapy—Muscle Relaxants
  10. Drug Considerations—Anti-Parkinson’s Drugs
  11. Drug Considerations—Antibiotics and Steroids
  12. Drug Considerations—Pain Medications
  13. Drug Considerations—Anti-hypertensive Medications
  14. Drug Considerations—Diuretics
  15. Drug Considerations—Cardiovascular Medications
  16. Conclusion & Refrences

Jeannette Vaupel, RN, BSN, LMT has been involved in the Health Care field since the 1970’s with many positions in acute care. After becoming a massage therapist in 1986, she went on to teach Anatomy, Physiology, Aromatherapy, and so on from an Integrative and Holistic approach.