Globe University Massage Student Helps Treat Teen with Rare Disease

Fun and outgoing is how many people would describe 14-year-old Chris. Most teens only have the anticipation of entering high school, but not Chris. He is looking forward to both entering high school and his surgery to help correct a rare disease he has called Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI).

Heather working on Chris.

OI is a genetic disorder characterized by bones that break easily, often from little or no apparent cause. A classification system of different types of OI is commonly used to help describe how severely a person with OI is affected. For example, a person may have just a few or as many as several hundred fractures in a lifetime, according to OI Foundation.

Globe University-Woodbury Massage Therapy student Heather Rasmussen had the opportunity to get to know and treat Chris through massage therapy. Unfortunately, there is still no cure for OI, but there are ways to help Chris live a better life through both his surgery and treatments such as massage therapy.

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