Skin Pathologies

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A person’s skin serves a multitude of functions. Not only does the skin provide a physical, biological, and chemical barrier, but it is also serves to assist in body temperature regulation as well as a sensory receptor. In terms of Massage Therapy, knowledge of the various dermatological pathologies is crucial due to the fact that skin conditions can be both contagious and “telling” of other conditions. This is not only important to prevent the spread of dermatological pathologies, but understanding which pathologies may cause the client to be sensitive in certain areas. This information is essential in terms of knowing which techniques are appropriate and which should be avoided while the condition and symptoms are being experienced. That being said, skin pathologies are numerous and varying. Therapists must work in conjunction with other care providers such as medical doctors in order to best serve the client.

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