Massage Therapy for Osteoarthritis
Massage General Courses

Massage Therapy for Osteoarthritis

Author(s): Helen Tosch

2CE credits 11 Lessons Text

Assist clients dealing with the most common form of arthritis by learning the symptoms, those most at risk and how massage therapy can help. Explore techniques to help manage the pain of osteoarthritis and increase flexibility. Understand the contraindications for massage and this condition.

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

  • List symptoms, areas affected, and clients at risk for osteoarthritis.
  • Explain the benefits of massage therapy for clients with osteoarthritis.
  • Discuss potential contraindications for massage therapy in this client population. 
  • Describe the skills needed, and the actions to take, for massage therapists to market to, and successfully assist clients with osteoarthritis.

  1. Background on Osteoarthritis
  2. Signs, Symptoms and the Osteoarthritis Population
  3. Common Treatments for Osteoarthritis
  4. Prescription Treatments for Osteoarthritis
  5. Other Treatments for Osteoarthritis
  6. Contraindications for Massage Therapy
  7. Massage Issues for Osteoarthritis
  8. General Benefits from Massage for those with OA
  9. Skills Needed for Clients with Osteoarthritis
  10. Marketing Your Skills
  11. Bibliography

Helen Tosch is an award-winning writer and editor of healthcare and wellness education and has written for various health care organizations, including major hospital systems and universities.