$50.00 members / $85.00 nonmembers / 3.5 credit hours / Course #M019
Effects from many medications result from physiologic changes that require alteration of the massage session to prevent harm to clients. This course offers guidelines on how to minimize the risk of massage aggravating the side effects from medications. It includes information on those medical side effects that can be mistaken for common ailments resulting in inappropriate treatment plans. It includes information on major drug side effects and groups of medications that require special attention.
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This course provides an overview of the modifications required for massage sessions due to physiologic changes from medications taken by clients. When you finish this course you will be able to:
- Appreciate the need to watch for the side effects of medications that require alterations in massage therapy sessions.
- Define three ways to use client assessments and input to help modify sessions for side and adverse effects of medications.
- Explain how to report serious adverse experiences to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Explain how optimum session scheduling is affected by five methods of administering drugs and onset of action, peak blood levels, duration of action and half-life.
- Describe six ways palpating can detect side effects of drugs.
- Discuss how the reason for taking a medication can guide session planning.
- Give six ways drugs alter a client’s response to massage and the responsible way to adjust the therapy session to address those alterations.
- List six special considerations required for diabetic clients.
- Define seven classes of medications that warrant proceeding with caution for massage therapists.
- The Importance of Knowing Client Medications
- The FDA
- Drug Classifications and Actions
- Medications and the Body
- Protocols for Decision-making
- Planning the Massage Therapy Session
- Selecting Massage Techniques Based on the Medication Taken
- Special Considerations for Clients with Diabetes
- Drug Considerations and Massage Therapy—Muscle Relaxants
- Drug Considerations—Anti-Parkinson’s Drugs
- Drug Considerations—Antibiotics and Steroids
- Drug Considerations—Pain Medications
- Drug Considerations—Anti-hypertensive Medications
- Drug Considerations—Diuretics
- Drug Considerations—Cardiovascular Medications
- Conclusion & Refrences
Quizzes and final exam
After you read a lesson, you should complete the quiz for that lesson. Lesson quizzes do not count toward your final score but they will
help you prepare for the final exam. You can take a lesson quiz as often as you like.
Questions in the final are in the form of multiple choice. You must answer at least 70% of the final exam questions correctly to pass the course.
You may take the final as often as you like.
Course approval codes
Please note that you must complete each AMTA online learning course and pass the exam one year from the date of purchase. If you do not complete the course
and pass the exam within one year, you will be required to re-purchase the course.
This course contains information that is proprietary. None of the material contained within this course may be used without the express written permission
of AMTA unless otherwise indicated in the course. As a reminder, before practicing any new modalities or techniques, check with your state’s massage therapy
regulatory authority to ensure they are within the state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy.
Online courses are non-refundable. AMTA will not cover fees incurred from duplicate payments, insufficient funds, stopped payments or credit/debit cards over
About the author(s)
Jeannette Vaupel has maintained an active RN license in Illinois for 38 years. She practiced in a variety of mental health and acute care settings for16 years. She currently holds both nursing and massage licenses in Illinois and Arizona. Her massage therapy career began in 1986 and included owning and directing a private massage training school for nearly 14 years.