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Bringing Massage Therapy Back into Nursing - page 3

Approximately 1 in 4 persons have used some form of complimentary and alternate medicine / therapy. Hospitals, physicians and nurses are finding ways to incorporate alternative options in health care... Read More

  1. Visit  Charleta profile page
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    I absolutely enjoyed this article and couldn't agree more! I think massage therapy would be a wonderful practice to incorporate into the nursing profession! I've always had a very keen interest in alternative/holistic treatments. I'm currently enrolled in a practical nursing program and, upon finishing, would like to further my education towards a RN license. A massage therapy course is on the horizon and, although I've quite a ways to go, I believe it's well worth it to be able to bring comfort to a patient the way "dsoginer" did, which was absolutely beautiful!
    Last edit by Charleta on Dec 9, '07 : Reason: clarification
  2. Visit  Tait profile page
    #14 1
    My original career path was massage therapy until a counselor opened by eyes to nursing. I often integrate massage if I feel a patient would benefit (or a fellow nurse!) if they approve of me doing so. I generally just work the shoulders and upper back, and put a little lotion on which people REALLY appreciate especially when they have all sorts of itchy bed wrinkles!

  3. Visit  snowfreeze profile page
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    Awesome article and I think massage should always be a part of healing. I don't know if my experience and training in deep muscle massage on performance horses counts for massage training but my co-workers certainly love my skills! Gentle massage for my patients is always appreciated too. I usually just ask if they would like some lotion applied after a bed bath and it becomes a gentle soft tissue massage.
  4. Visit  NavyVet profile page
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    I must admit when I first saw the title of this thread, I thought is it my job to massage someone? I shall qualify that thought with the fact that I'm still a nursing student, so I'm inexperienced in the nursing realm. Also, I'm a guy so the idea of close personal contact with a stranger seems foreign to me.

    However, I must say that everyones stories here have given me much to think on, as what you have said makes a lot of sense. Five minutes of reading may have just changed how I provide care for the next 30 years
  5. Visit  Rina10 profile page
    #17 0
    Yeah,as far as it improves nursing skills it also enhances relationship to the patient int terms of Care Aspects
  6. Visit  anurseatlast profile page
    #18 1
    My mom graduated from nursing school in 1942 and was a nurse for more than 50 years. When she was in school and when she started her practice, nurses were expected to give every patient a backrub at least once a day - at hs. She felt it gave her time to connect with her patients and to learn things they may not tell her at other times. I think sometimes technology and time restraints get in the way of simple comforts.
  7. Visit  elkpark profile page
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    Quote from gina gina
    Basic massage techniques are part of nursing education and practice and it is entirely appropriate for nurses to provide these services within the scope of our education and licensure. I am another RN who started out back when it was standard practice for every hospital patient to receive a thorough backrub at HS (for many, that was the high point of their day ). There is nothing dangerous or inappropriate about nurses providing basic massage, ROM exercises, and other basic physical interventions. Of course, anyone who feels differently is free to refuse this care if/when it's offered.
  8. Visit  tanjaccurn profile page
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    With such high nurse/patient ratios this is difficult at best to do with all of the added duties that hospitals have placed on RNs....but I know first-hand that it is of benefit to the patient. I had a patient complaining of pain, but was unable to give her more pain med due to her BP.....a back massage/rub relieved her pain and she was thanking me as she fell into a restful sleep......
  9. Visit  C-lion profile page
    #21 0
    As a massage therapist starting nursing school in the Fall, thank you! I, too, feel it is a wonderful adjunct as well as preventive maintenance.
  10. Visit  GoodNP profile page
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    @dsoginer - You have a kind heart and will make a wonderful, compassionate nurse. I like how you say "whenever it is appropriate."
  11. Visit  anglscr127 profile page
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    "They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel."
    ~Maya Angelou