Archive for July, 2009

Kidney Stones

July 31, 2009

As a young child, I remember my grandfather struggling with kidney stones. I had no idea what they were at the time, so, one day I asked him. He explained in the simplest of terms and then told me a great story. A story that would help me decide that I wanted to be a massage therapist. He explained that it was actually due to a massage therapist urging that he see a doctor. He had an old friend who was a massage therapist. The therapist would visit my grandfather at home, where the therapist would sometimes work on my grandfather and grandmother. My grandfather was explaining a pain he had in his back. After a few questions, the therapist asked my grandfather to see a doctor and that he thought he might have kidney stones. This therapist had experience in energy work. He was also a healer who used crystals. After my grandfather was diagnosed with kidney stones, the therapist would focus his attentions on relieving my grandfather’s referred pain from his kidney stones. My grandfather was always grateful to his friend, the massage therapist, for his knowledge and insight. That is the type of therapist I would like to be, one who can use his education as well as his physical ability to help people alleviate future, as well as current pain.

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July 30, 2009

As a new massage student, my first instructor was a huge fan of abdominal massage. I, decidedly, was not. Over the years I have received numerous professional massages. Not once has a massage therapist offered to work on my abdomen. Until massage school, I didn’t even know we could massage the abdomen in a professional setting. I have always found the abdominal area extremely sensitive and personal, as most people do. Receiving massage in that area has not been something I would seek out in the past. However, after receiving an excellent abdominal massage from my instructor, who considers herself to be an expert in the area, I noticed a change in my digestive movements. Over the course of a week, I experienced a series of massages that led me from extreme and regular constipation to regular and consistent bowel movements. I also received advice from my instructor on nutrition, as I was lacking fiber and the necessary roughage in my diet to process the foods I was eating. I am now a fan of abdominal massage and offer it to all my clients. I’ve even used it to help relieve my wife’s IBS.

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Dermatological Pathologies

July 27, 2009

In Chapter 3 of Dr. Johnson’s class, I learned about Dermatological Pathologies. The Integumentary system is a big part of this chapter and is an essential system for massage therapists to study and understand. The skin presents the first opportunity for the massage therapist to assess a client. Many disorders, whether or not they are dermatological, manifest themselves on the skin. Other disorders include symptoms that show on the skin. Additionally, the skin is the first body structure contracted directly during massage. The skin (integument) and its accessory structures make up the integumentary system. The accessory structures include hair, nails, various glands, muscles, and nerves. The Skin is divided into two distinct regions: the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis, the most superficial layer, contains melanocytes (which contribute to the skin color), nails, and pores to allow passage for hair and specialized glands. The dermis is located beneath the epidermis and contains numerous blood vessels and many sensory nerve receptors. It also has pores for hair follicles and associated oil (sebaceous) glands, sweat (sudoriferous) glands, and cerumen or ear wax (ceruminous) glands. Mammary glands, which are modified sudoriferous glands, are often regarded as part of the integumentary system. The skin acts a protector. It protects by acting as a physical barrier, biological barrier, and chemical barrier. A massage therapist should do a therapeutic assessment of the skin as check the skin color, skin condition & skin temperature. General manifestations of dermatological diseases include: Lesions or eruptions, Lumps, nodules, or masses, pain, inflammation, persistent itching, areas of redness, cyanosis, or jaundice, cold or overly warm skin, and signs of edema or dehydration, unhealed wounds, excessive bruising, hives or rashes of unknown origin, Swollen lymph nodes, Any suspicious-looking moles, and any suspicious-looking lesions. Most skin pathologies are treated as a local contraindication; do not apply massage on the area of question. For clients with normal pigmentation, massage can be performed. For clients with abnormal pigmentation, massage may be performed as long as the pigmentation is not cancerous.

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Client Intake and Health Assessment

July 27, 2009

In chapter 2 it talks about Client intakes and Health Assessment. When having a client the therapist should be professional in appearance and mannerism, and knowledgeable, skilled, self-aware, focused, calm, confident, and prepared. The massage therapist should collect subjective and objective information and combine these findings to decide what type, length of time, and frequency of treatment is needed. Subjective data are any information that can be gained from the client; it includes all written disclosure given on the intake form and all information gathered during the massage consultation. Objective data are measurable and quantitative, such as the size and shape of a mole, whether the right shoulder is higher than the left, or if the left knee is larger or (swollen) than the right, and by how much. Objective data may be a comparison of range of motion in one hip joint as compared to the other. The main components used for gathering objective information are observation and palpation, even though all senses participate in the process. Documentation is an important component of client care. Therapist need to document important aspect of premassage assessment, and assessment made during the massage treatment. Documentation protects the client by being a source of valuable information for the massage therapist & future therapists. Documentation and client records are legal evidence; this serves to protect the therapist by establishing professional accountability. Client’s intake and Health Assessments are very important to take down, it will help the massage therapist in the long run to document everything about the client and it would just be the more professional thing to do.

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Disease Awareness And Infection Control

July 27, 2009

In Chapter One of our textbook in Dr. Johnson’s class,  I learned about disease awareness and infection control.This chapter also talks about Pathology and how it is the study of the biological and physical manifestation of disease. Disease occurs when there is some kind of disruption in the Homeostasis of the body. Diseases have specific signs and symptoms. There are a few types of diseases called autoimmune, cancer, deficiency, degenerative, genetic, infectious, and metabolic. There are also two important categories of disorders Congenital and Traumatic. You also can have a less of a chance to get a disease or infection if you follow the Sanitary Procedures like Laundering the massage linens after each use, cleaning and disinfecting massage equipment and supplies used for the client, and following a hand washing procedure.

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July 21, 2009

About two year ago, my father was washing dishes in his kitchen. He experienced a sudden, extremely painful burst in his head. He explained the experience as lightning in his skull, behind his eye. He instantly collapsed as the pain was so sever and so sudden that he could not stand. My mother rushed him to the hospital. After testing, the diagnosis was a small aneurysm of a blood vessel in his brain. He also has a history of Type 2 diabetes and asthma. He now regularly receives basic Swedish massage, as he believes it calms his nervous system, helps his breathing and improves his overall cardiovascular health.

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Cancer and Neoplasia

July 20, 2009

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists by Susan G. Salvo & Sandra Kauffman Anderson. Chapter 12 Cancer and Neoplasia.

The assessment and intake form for people living with cancer was very informative. I really like the way this book was set up with so much information written succinctly and in an orderly fashion. The Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s descriptions helped me understand the difference.

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Dermatological Pathologies regarding child abuse

July 7, 2009

When administering massage therapy to a child who has been in an abuse situation, the therapist should be careful to observe any dermatological pathologies. Since the child has been neglected, there is a higher risk factor for several contraindications. Notice and ask the child of any open wounds. If determined, avoid the wound, although the therapist may massage the surrounding tissues to assist the healing process. Ask if the child has any persistent itching, a symptom of several highly contagious dermatological pathologies such as lice, scabies, chickenpox, and ringworm. These are definite contraindications and the child should be referred to a physician immediately. Find out if there is any recent scarring. Avoid any unhealed scars. Look for any other unusual areas of redness, inflammation, and excessive bruising and proceed with caution. Again, the therapist may massage around these areas to help speed up the healing process. During the massage, the therapist may also choose to assess any other conditions such as swollen lymph nodes and dehydration. If these conditions are detected, the therapist should notify the child’s guardian or physician. These are all likely possibilities of a child who has been abused, and dermatological pathologies for the massage therapist to be highly cautious.

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Reproductive System Pathology

July 3, 2009

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists by Susan G. Salvo & Sandra Kauffman Anderson. Chapter 11.

Reproductive conditions, reproductive pathologies, and sexually transmitted diseases. Disturbing pictures but very detailed descriptions and considerations. I found the pictures on lying positions for women with large or tender breasts were very helpful.

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Tuition Assistance, comment

July 1, 2009

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Original Post:
June 29, 2009
Title; Tuition Assistance
Do you offer tuition assistance, financial aid, scholarships or payment plans?

Original Post:
May 18, 2009
Title; Can I enroll in your massage pathology course immediately? (comment)
Yes, you can immediately start our online Massage Pathology course after enrolling.
Go to our home page
Go to the right side of the page.
Find Online Massage Pathology Course.
Click on the link “Online and Instructor-Led Massage Pathology Course.”
Then follow the instructions for enrolling.
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Original Post:
May 11, 2009
Title: Can I enroll in your massage pathology course immediately?
Can I enroll in your massage pathology course immediately? I want to
take the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage &
Bodywork examination as soon as possible.

Original Post:
April 22, 2009
The tuition and procedure to enroll can be found in the link on the
lower right-hand section of this page. The link contains the word

Original Post:
April 10, 2009
What is the tuition and procedure to enroll in your Massage Pathology course?

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April 9, 2009
course is 45 Contact Hours (3 Semester Credits). We provide a completed
“Verification of Education Form” and/or notarized copy of your
certification of completion and/or an official school transcript. Click
on the link “Online and Instructor-Led Massage Pathology Course” on the
right side of this page. The link is under the sub-heading “Online
Massage Pathology Course.”

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April 2, 2009
your Massage Pathology course fulfill the requirements of the National
Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) to
take the National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and
Bodywork (NCETMB) and the National Certification Examination for
Therapeutic Massage (NCETM)?

Does your Massage Pathology course
fulfill the requirements of the Federation of State Massage Therapy
Boards to take the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx)?

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