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National Massage Therapy Awareness Week

This week, Hospice of the Western Reserve is celebrating National Massage Therapy Awareness Week. Some facts about massage therapy at Hospice of the Western Reserve:

  • Massage therapists at Hospice of the Western Reserve are licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio.
  • Massage therapy is provided by one paid massage therapist (Andrea Schlenkerman) and a number of licensed volunteers who work with the various teams.
  • Hospice massage is different from relaxation and sports massage treatments that people may be familiar with—the massage therapist assesses the needs and tolerance of each patient individually to determine what techniques will be beneficial.
  • The massage therapist takes referrals from the team to assist with pain management and other physical symptoms, anxiety and restlessness, and other issues identified in the plan of care.
  • The massage therapist works with other paid and unpaid team members, as well as family members to provide education and demonstration of simple touch techniques that they can use with patients during their own visits.

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