Hot/Cold Applications in Massage Therapy


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You are giving a massage to a client. If you wanted to increase blood flow to the area, which modality would you use?

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1. During the massage you are performing, you choose to use a hot pack on the client's back. When you remove the hot pack, you notice the area is pink in color and warm to touch. This is referred to as:

2. Your massage therapy client complains of pain in swelling in his knee. You decide to apply an ice pack to his knee in order decrease his complaints of pain. You also know that it will affect the swelling in the knee by causing vasoconstriction. Vasoconstriction will result in what effect on the body?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These questions allow you to measure your knowledge of hot/cold applications in a massage. You will need to explain how heating or cooling parts of someone's body can benefit them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz you'll test your understanding of:

  • The effects of vasoconstriction on the body
  • Methods for increasing blood flow during a massage
  • Massage modalities useful for reducing tight muscles

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as the physical reaction that would cause a pinkish coloration on a part of the body that had been warmed
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the effects of heat dilation on the body
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the efficacy of different massage modalities

Additional Learning

You can learn more about these types of physical therapy and massage by reading the lesson titled Hot/Cold Applications in Massage Therapy. It will help you understand:

  • Available tools to apply heat to a client
  • Common conditions alleviated by cold therapy
  • The maximum time heat can beneficially be applied to someone's body