Choosing a Geriatric Massage Therapist

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Now that you have a little more information on what an Elder Care Massage or Geriatric Massage is from last weeks blog Did Someone Say Massage? you may be interested in trying it. Whether the massage is for yourself or a loved one there are a few more things you may want to consider.

 

Always Best Care of Boulder County is able to help you in the entire process of choosing a geriatric massage therapist. Here are the steps taken to find a therapist:

 

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It is STRONGLY RECOMMEDED that you and/or your loved one gets permission from a physician that is familiar with your health and medical record before receiving an geriatric massage. Your doctor may also be able to recommend a specific type of massage that would be best for your medical needs.

 

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MAKE A LIST of what you or your loved one needs and what special accommodations need to be considered. Make sure the potential therapist knows of all modifications needed, if there is any hesitation or resistance from the therapist they aren’t the right one for you.

 

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See a CERTIFIED Geriatric Therapist. It is important to have someone certified specifically in geriatric massage because of all of the special considerations. You will want a therapist that is certified through a school that is a part of the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). With these accreditations there are a required minimum of 500 hours a massage training. Once certified there is a continuous educational programs to maintain the certification.

 

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ASK QUESTIONS. How long has the therapist been in practice? Do they have any references available? How long have they been practicing geriatric massage specifically? Can a friend or family member be in the room while the massage is taking place until you are completely comfortable? Will the therapist make house calls to accommodate individuals with mobility restrictions?

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A big consideration that needs to be researched is COST and accepted INSURANCE agencies. There are agencies that only accept certain insurances while at the same time your insurance may or may not cover geriatric massages or have specifics or limitations to coverage. If using your insurance is not an option ask about the fees and payment options available.

 

TRY MULTIPLE THERAPISTS. It is important that you and your loved one a comfortable with the therapist. There are many personalities in the world and that includes therapists. If, after your first massage, you are still wary about geriatric massage or your therapist please try another one or two, you may just find your perfect fit.

 

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If you are considering Elder Care Massage please call Inga, YOUR Always Best Care of Boulder County Care Coordinators has in-depth knowledge of the local services you may need. She can assist you in finding a board certified therapist that is right for you.

 

You can contact Inga for your free no-obligation consultation (720)494-8407 or email her at Info@ColoradoCareBlog.com

 

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Resources gathered from the following:

http://work.chron.com/geriatric-massage-certification-14885.html

http://www.examiner.com/article/senior-care-massage-therapy-delivers-a-healing-touch

 

 

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