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ATTENTION MASSAGE THERAPISTS: Are your intake and reporting forms up to scratch? Can you rest easy knowing your records are complete? Would they support your actions in the event of a claim?

Protect yourself & your clients with our professionally designed client intake & reporting forms!

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Cost Effective, High Quality, Professional Forms For Your Clinic or Mobile Massage Business

Our set of professionally designed client intake & reporting forms also provide you with the tools to meet the ever increasing reporting requirements of Health Funds, Professional Associations & Insurance Companies.

 

Fellow Massage Therapist

If you are actively treating clients then this may well be the most important letter you could read. When I was at college the importance of maintaining accurate client records could not be over emphasized. I'm sure your massage teachers and instructors drummed the same message.

Can you afford not to maintain concise client records?

Client records perform a number of important roles -

  1. Accurate records protect your client from possible harm in the event they have a condition that contraindicates massage treatment.
  2. Using intake forms that include a client consent area gives added protection in the event of a claim.
  3. Many health funds have specific requirements in relation to the information that must be gathered and maintained.
  4. Accurate records form the foundation of referral letters to other healthcare practitioners.
  5. Detailed treatment notes and well maintained client information including current medical problems are imperative when operating in a multi-therapist environment and greatly assist in treatment plan review.
The importance of client consent...

It never ceases to amaze me when a massage therapist ends up in court on a client complaint relating to 'consent'.

Yes, there are the unscrupulous massage therapists out there that grope and prod where they shouldn't and deserve everything that's coming to them.

But I'm talking about 'ethical' massage therapists, who for some reason, failed to obtain consent to include a particular body area in their treatment. Or, of even greater concern, the client who 'claims' no consent was given even if they did give consent at the time of treatment.

Protect yourself against fraudulent and unforeseen claims. By ticking boxes in the consent area of our client intake form, client's can easily indicate the body areas they consent to being treated.

Of course, it is essential that the proposed treatment be explained and client consent obtained prior to commencing any treatment.

Just because the client consented to a particular area being treated on a previous visit doesn't mean that the consent automatically extends to subsequent treatments.

The dangers of pre-existing conditions...

I'd like you to consider the case of a colleague of mine who's client ended up in hospital following a treatment. It was discovered that the client had herniated discs, something my colleague did test for (Valsalva Slump Test) but the results were negative.

Fortunately for my colleague, the client did not pursue legal action and no claim was made.

Pre-existing conditions either known or unknown to both client and therapist can put a therapist on thin ice if damage results from treatment. By maintaining concise records relating to known conditions and recording results of any additional tests performed, the massage therapist can readily prove that all known steps were taken to ensure the safety and well being of the client.

When things go wrong...

A few years back there was a report in the Australian press about a woman who ended up a quadriplegic after receiving a 15 minute seated-chair corporate massage.

Hmmm I hear you say. That's a bit of a worry. What could the massage therapist possibly have done to cause such damage?

The massage therapist concerned is at a complete loss as to how the injury occured. The family of the woman is considering legal action against the massage therapist!

"He remembers giving Asha a 15-minute massage at her work desk. He says he was not negligent and simply cannot believe that he has caused this damage.

He is qualified and holds a diploma in remedial massage from the Australasian College of Natural Therapies." Excerpt from Asha's massage mystery, Today Tonight, Channel 7, Australia.

In another report, a massage therapist was successfully sued after herniating a client's cervical discs whilst performing a 'manipulation'.

"Meri has been locked in a legal battle with the masseur who she claims sentenced her to a life of pain and after six years she has finally won an out of court settlement." Excerpt from Get the right massage, Today Tonight, Channel 7, Australia.

The above reports highlight a fact that every massage therapist should take into consideration -

Regardless of all the precautions we take, we are exposed to the posibility of litigation every time we treat a client.

Would your records support your actions in the event of a claim?

The benefits of 'evidence based' reporting...

How many times have you asked your client how they are progressing with your treatments only to hear, "Yeah, it feels about the same..".

This common response is not very informative and makes it difficult for you as a therapist to review the treatment plan or refer your client on to a different healthcare practitioner (podiatrist, chiropractor, physiotherapist, osteopath etc).

A problem with human nature is that people too quickly forget the good but can readily recall the bad. A large percentage of the population live with chronic or sub-acute pain on a daily basis, they have lived with it for so long it has become 'normal' for them.

Using 'evidence based' reporting both you and your client can get a clear picture of the results of your treatments. Clients also have to appreciate that conditions that have developed over a long period of time will usually take a few treatments before long lasting improvements can be noticed.

Why use our forms?

Our forms are cost effective

Our forms are provided in Adobe ReaderTM format. You no longer have to continue purchasing pre-printed forms. Once you purchase our forms you can produce as many copies as you wish whenever you like. You may print or photocopy unlimited quantities of the forms for your own use. The choice is yours!.

Uniform & professionally designed

All of our forms have the same look and feel. You can present your clients with a set of forms that enhances your professional image.

We provide a comprehensive set of intake & reporting forms

Each form is provided in 'shaded' and 'non-shaded' format. Depending on the quality of your printer, or if you intend to photocopy each form, you may choose to use the non-shaded formats to save ink and improve readability.

If your printer or photocopier can produce high quality output, we recommend using the 'shaded' formats. Why? Because they look great!

Our set of forms currently include -

Since the initial release of our forms we have introduced a number of enhancements based on our customer feedback. If you would like to make a suggestion regarding any of our existing forms or even suggest a new form please visit our Forms Suggestions page.

We are planning to add even more forms to the package and here is the good news - as a registered user of our client intake and reporting forms you get free upgrades as they become available.

That's right. You will be notified every time we enhance our set of client intake and reporting forms, and be given the option to receive the updated forms totally free of charge!

Here is even more information on our client intake and reporting forms -

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Client Record Intake Form

Apart from the reception area, the Client Intake Form is usually one of the first things your client will see.

You can change a lot of things, but first impressions are hard to shake. Impress your clients from the outset with our professionally designed client intake form.

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Here are just some of the features of our Client Intake Form

 

Client Physical Assessment Form

Assess your client from the tips of their toes to the top of their head using our Client Physical Assessment Form.

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Our Physical Assessment Form includes -

 

Pain Analysis Form

I personally find this form priceless. The Pain Analysis Form is ideal when working with client's suffering from long term chronic pain.

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If a client indicates that he or she has been suffering from long term chronic pain simply ask the him/her to complete the Pain Analysis Form at the time of their first visit. Then file it away.

After three (3) or four (4) treatments ask the client to fill the form out again (do not give them access to any pain analysis forms they have completed previously).

By comparing the answers given on the form that was completed at the time of the first visit to those given on the form after a few treatments you can get a clear indication of the effectiveness of your treatments.

In the majority of cases, the comparison will show an improvement that you can prove to your client (evidence based reporting).

Repeat the process as many times as you feel appropriate to provide ongoing feedback on the results of your treatments and proof to your client that your treatments are stabilising or improving their condition.

 

Muscle Strength Test Form

This form allows you to maintain accurate records when working on an injury or problem with a specific range of muscles.

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With our Muscle Strength Test Form you can -

 

S.O.A.P. Notes Form

Record your client's treatment details using our S.O.A.P. Notes Form.

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With our S.O.A.P. Notes Form you can -

 

Treatment Summary Form

This form allows for the recording of treatment notes in summary form

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Treatment notes for a number of visits can be recorded on one form along with the date and name of the therapist who performed the treatment.

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Okay, So How Much Do These Forms Cost?

How much is not having to ever purchase pre-printed client forms again worth to you? Considering that you can produce as many copies of these forms whenever you like, you'll agree that $19.97 is an absolute bargin.

HOWEVER...

Let's just review what you get -

PLUS -

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That's your business name on every form and your full business details on the first page of the Client Intake Form for only an additional $8.97!

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