Dale Healey, DC, PhD
Northwestern Health Sciences University
Dr. Healey is the dean of the College of Health and Wellness at Northwestern Health Sciences University. He received his BS in Human Anatomy and his DC degree from Parker College of Chiropractic, and his PhD in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development from the University of Minnesota. He is the vice-chair for both the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) and the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH). He co-chairs the Education Working Group for ACIH and serves on the task force for development of competencies for hospital-based massage therapy competencies.
Presenting at the Nexus Summit:
Hospital Based Massage Therapy Competencies, developed through a survey of 37 hospitals. These competencies describe what a massage therapist should know and be able to do to practice safely in the hospital environment. (#13)
Introduction: As massage therapy experiences a resurgence of use for hospitalized patients, it is appropriate to consider the competencies needed by practitioners to practice safely and effectively in the inpatient setting. Hospitals differ vastly from other massage practice locations such as private offices, spas, and sports clubs. The variety of conditions encountered in an acute care setting requires knowledge and ability to adapt massage protocols appropriately. Objectives: The Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH) created the Hospital Based Massage Therapy (HBMT) Task…