Musculoskeletal pathologies


Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, by Salvo and Anderson.

Musculoskeletal pathologies are often accompanied by severe or persistent pain, decreased mobilization, or postural distortion. Information about such pathologies should be gained during an intake assessment. If clearance has not been given by a medical doctor, the client should first see a physician if such symptoms are present. The musculoskeletal system is directly affected by massage. Going into the field of Occupational Therapy, I feel that maintaining and increasing a person’s mobility and flexibility is vital to improving a person’s quality of life, especially in those individuals with musculoskeletal pathologies. In my personal opinion, the massage considerations in this chapter were especially descriptive and helpful- as massage directly affects this system and could easily harm rather than help the client.

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