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Jul 31, 2020

A beloved long-time client is already affected by heart disease and diabetes. Now his hands have begun shaking too. Is there a safe way to help him, given his medical history? In this episode, pathology educator Ruth Werner addresses the complex overlap of conditions that this client lives with, with special attention to his latest challenge: essential tremor, a common, sometimes debilitating problem that is poorly understood and difficult to treat.

How do we balance all the variables in this situation to offer safe, effective massage? What kinds of work might be most helpful? What, if anything, does the research say? You might be surprised.


Case report:

Riou, N. “Massage Therapy for Essential Tremor: Quieting the Mind.” Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 17, no. 4 (2013): 488–94. doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.03.007


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