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Respiratory Pathologies

November 29, 2010

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

The respiratory system functions are exchange of gases, regulation of blood pH, providing sense of smell, filtration of incoming air, production of sounds, and elimination of water and heat. Pulmonary ventilation is the movement of air into and out of the lungs by way of muscle contraction and relaxation, and the elastic recoil of the alveoli. The diaphragm is the primary muscle involved with inspiration. Common cold, sinusitis, pharyngitis, larnygitis, influenza, and infectious mononucleosis are the upper respiratory tract infections discussed in this chapter. Massage is contraindicated during acute and active stages of these infections. Overviews of low respiratory tract infections of pleurisy, pneumonia, and tuberculosis are discussed. There are two types of pleurisy: wet and dry. Wet pleurisy refers to an increase in intrapleural fluids, while dry pleurisy refers to decrese in intrapleural fluids. The most common infectious disease causing death in the US in pnenumonia. Tuberculosis is a bacterial lung infection transmitted by inhalation of infected droplets. Massage should be postponed until 4 weeks after the start of treatment. The two main stages of disease are primary and secondary. Most people with primary TB are asymptomatic or the patient may experience generalized symptoms. Secondary TB can present with cough with blood sputum, high fever, night sweats, general anxiety, and shortness of breath. Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases are characterized by obstructed airflow that worsens with exertion. The chapter overviews asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonconiosis, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, and obstructive sleep apnea. Pulmonary edema and embolism are the vascular disorders discussed. Acute respiratory distress syndrome can result in multiple organ failure and death making it a medical emergency. The chapter concludes with a brief overview of hay fever.

Types, Causes and Massage Considerations for Pneumonitis

August 19, 2010

Pneumonitis is more commonly known as Pneumonia and can follow the common cold or influenza. The three basic causes on pneumonia are bacteria, viruses and fungi. The pneumonia that is caused by bacteria is streptococcus pneumonia, haemophilus influenza, staphylococcus aureus, mycobacterium tuberculosis, legionella pneumophila, and streptococcus pyogenes. The types of pneumonia that are caused by viruses are influenza virus, respiratory syncytial virus and adenovirus. The kinds of pneumonia that are caused by fungi are aspergillus fumigates, candida albicans, pneumocystis carinii and histoplasma capsulatum. The different types of pneumonia are named after their anatomical location, what caused them, how it was attained, or for its acuteness. Massage is contraindicated for a patient with pneumonia until the patient makes a complete recovery. In a few cases, a physician may approve postural drainage while the patient is recovering.

Positioning and Contagious Disease

July 30, 2010

It is important to know, in any therapeutic profession, that clients cannot be seen when they have upper respiratory infections such as the Common Cold, Sinusitis, and Influenza because they are very contagious. Concerning other infectious respiratory diseases, I was not aware that there are two stages of Tuberculosis, and that for primary TB, a person is not typically contagious after four weeks of treatment. Positioning is also an important factor to enable easier breathing for patients with Pneumoconiosis, Cystic Fibrosis, Bronchiectasis. Also, with Cystic Fibrosis, any pressure on the abdomen should be avoided because of the digestive problems that these patients endure. Positioning is a big part of therapy, and these aspects of the diseases need to be taken into account.

Respiratory Pathologies

July 26, 2010

People with respiratory issues require special considerations when massage therapy is involved. For example, take a patient who suffers from pneumonia. While the client is suffering from pneumonia, it is important that he or she is allowed to recover before beginning or resuming massage therapy. For some patients, it is not uncommon for their doctor to recommend massage therapy for patients once the pneumonia has cleared up but still exhibit some lingering symptoms. For some patients who are still in the process of trying to recover completely from the pneumonia, their doctor might recommend postural drainage therapy after the patient has recovered from the pneumonia but has not yet completely “dried up” so to speak. This is done in order to drain any remaining moisture in the lungs and respiratory system and decrease the chance for a reoccurrence of the pneumonia before the patient has completely recovered. Overall, when one has a respiratory issue, it is imperative for the client to check with the physician before beginning any kind of massage therapy.

Respiratory System Pathology

July 19, 2010

Respiratory pathologies was close to home with me. I have asthma as well as many allergies and I know from experience that lying on the table getting massaged can not be a pleasant experience if not prepared for the client so learning more about what causes these ailments can help for better treating a client and making their experience more enjoyable and beneficial. I also found it interesting that one shouldn’t massage a client in the middle of a cold so as not to spread it. Its amazing that just a massage can either make u more sick or ease the muscles that surround what we use for instance someone with allergies would do well with a facial massage massaging the sinus to perhaps relieve sinus pressure.

Respiratory System, comment

July 16, 2010

I agree with this blog that this massage therapist believes that most cases of respiratory disease and/or disorder would be a contraindication for massage.  I have never experienced a client who has had any respiratory disease but if I did I would be sure to confirm that my client does in fact have his physicians approval for massage.  I would also ask my client if any particular aspect of a massage would cause discomfort and if necessary I would adjust my massage.  I also believe that tapotement is a very good help for broncial disorders.

Original Post

July 6, 2010

Title: Respiration Diseases and Disorders

It seems most cases with respiratory diseases and disorders show massage to be a contraindication. Therapist should become aware of clients with these types of disorders and think about treating client with different posture techniques. Must be physician approved. Tapotement is effective for bronchial disorders.

COPD and Allergies with Myofascial Release

July 14, 2010

A family relative underwent surgery and chemotherapy for breast cancer. Since then she has started having knots or swelling in her mouth and tongue. For the first time in her life she was told it was an allergic reaction to something. They prescribed various allergy medications and none really worked. Then, the swelling knots developed on her feet and legs. She went to a Chiropractor who specializes in allergy treatment, who put her on a homeopathic detox. Since starting the detox, she quit smoking but started developing edema when she took the remedies as prescribed. She also keeps gaining weight and has so far been unsuccessful at controlling it despite starting a new exercise regimen. Just last week she was diagnosed with COPD. All of these things have just popped up within the last 2 years after receiving the treatments for cancer. Before this she was a healthy, active 63 year old, taking absolutely no prescription medication. Their are certain types of massage that are good for respiratory issues. Sometimes Myofascial Release is good for chest releated breating concerns. When people cough or are tense frequently the fascia in their chest and or back can adhere to the chest muscles making it harder to relax and breathe deeply. Releasing the fascia can make a huge difference in respiration.

Respiration Diseases and Disorders

July 6, 2010

It seems most cases with respiratory diseases and disorders show massage to be a contraindication. Therapist should become aware of clients with these types of disorders and think about treating client with different posture techniques. Must be physician approved. Tapotement is effective for bronchial disorders.

How to Relieve Congestion in Massage Clients

June 2, 2010

I have noticed when clients are in the prone position for around 30 minutes, they often times experience sinus congestion. This congestion can be a major distraction from the relaxing massage. The congestion can also lead to sinusitis. I found the following tips for preventing congestion: 1. Certain essential oils “such as eucalyptus and peppermint”are known to act as decongestants. Place a few drops of one of these oils on the face cradle before positioning the client in the prone position or use an aromatherapy diffuser. 2. Adjusting the face cradle or cushion may be a simple way to relieve congestion. Adjusting where the pressure falls on the face can bring immediate relief. 3. Using a memory foam face cradle can also help ease sinus discomfort. The memory foam provides relief by distributing the pressure more evenly across the face. It also provides softer, more supportive cushioning than regular face cradles. 4. A facial steamer or humidifier (along with Vicks in the medicine cup) can also help keep the sinuses clear. 5. If none of these steps bring adequate relief, try giving the massage with the client in the side-lying position. This will eliminate sinus pressure from the face cradle and avoid the problematic prone position altogether.

Respiratory System Pathologies Chapter 10

May 3, 2010

Respiratory System Pathologies was a good chapter to cover the upper respiratory tract infections, Lower Respiratory tract infections Chronic Obstructive pulmonary diseases and Immune disorders to name a few. I found Box 10-1 on Manifestations of Respiratory disease nice to be able to keep as a reference, altered breathing patterns, Wheezing, Pale Skin, Sore throat, & Enlarged Lymph nodes where good to be aware of and that was just a few of the manifestations. It was nice to see the muscles of respiration, so I know what muscles to maybe work on to help someone be more comfortable. I also liked the Postural Drainage Guidelines. Good to be able to loosen up a person’s mucus. I learned a lot in this chapter, I also liked learning more about Sleep Apnea seems a lot of people have this. I liked the comparison of the common cold to Hay Fever also. All in All another great chapter.

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respiratory system pathologies

April 29, 2010

The breath of life, if a person is not breathing for few moments, death will come soon from lack of oxygen to vital organs like, the brain and heart, or causing permanent damages to them. It is so important to maintain a healthy respiratory system. Pathogens like viruses and bacteria come inside our body, using the respiratory system as an easy entrance. During the assessment, and during the massage, the therapist needs to observe if the breathing pattern is normal. If the client nose gets too congested because of the toxins being released or can not breath because of their sinus problems, the best thing to do, is to turn them over, let them clear up their nose and put some head support to lift the head, this will help them to breathe better. If the massage therapist observes signs of cyanosis on lips or fingernails this indicates lack of oxygen in the blood, advice medical attention immediately. Some positions and strokes will help the client, to clear up the respiratory tract, like percussion strokes can loosen up phlegm. Massage therapy can help the clients with respiratory system problems by improving their immune system. If the client has allergies or asthma, the massage room should be free of allergens, and have non allergen oils handy in case of an allergic reaction, and have close, a bronchodilator medicine, in case of an asthma attack. The respiratory membrane is located at the end of the alveoli, is where the gas exchange takes place, this is a tough membrane, and very elastic, long term exposure to air pollution, cigarette smoke, dust, pollen, asbestos can damage it, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases will take place and a slow death could occur. If the client has respiratory illnesses and is under treatment, is necessary to know what medications is taking, that way, massage therapists can accommodate their service preventing any bad reaction to this drugs. Regular breading exercises, should be recommended to strengthen the respiratory system.

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Respiratory Pathologies

April 15, 2010

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

While reading Chapter 8 in my text book I learned about Respiratory pathologies. The respiratory system is how our bodies take in and exchange oxygen. A common pathology is Asthma, a chronic inflammation if the airways cause by sensitivity to different stimuli, massage can be preformed, but the therapist should make sure nothing in the room can stimulate an episode, and if they use an inhaler make sure it is in close reach. Tuberculosis is a chronic lung infection, it can cause a decrease of gas exchange in the lungs, massage in contraindicated until client is no longer infected.

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