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Ep 421 - Assessment for Treatment Success with Whitney Lowe

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Assessment is a critical part of helping people who come to see you. Many people may have had some initial exposure to assessment in basic training, but have you really made it an integral part of your practice? In this episode of The ABMP Podcast, Whitney explores the crucial importance of assessment and how it impacts your treatment success. It really doesn’t matter if you are working in a clinical setting or doing wellness-related relaxation massage. Everyone is doing some degree of assessment. We can all benefit from sharpening our assessment skills with some of the important strategies Whitney covers in this episode. 


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Author Bio

Whitney Lowe is a known authority in the field of massage therapy, with a 36-year career marked by clinical work, research, publications, and teaching in advanced massage principles. He specializes in treating pain and injuries using massage and is one of the pioneers of the orthopedic massage approach. Lowe's Orthopedic Massage Program stands out in its engaging and accessible design and comprehensive curriculum. Students, whether learning online or in-person, praise Lowe for his approachable style and personalized training.




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