Urinary System


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

The urinary system can be indirectly affected by massage. Of interest to me in this brief chapter was renal dialysis, which aids in artificially cleaning the blood when an individual has kidneys that are no longer functioning properly. This needs to be done several times a week and takes at least 2-3 hours each time. A client may be taking anticoagulants at the time and thus massage should be done gently to prevent bruising. Also, as mentioned on page 282 of the first edition, timing is also very important as clients may feel worse as wastes build up and can be very tired after the dialysis treatment. I feel that this portion was a main element in this chapter because many of the various urinary pathologies mentioned could lead to an improperly functioning kidney or the complete loss of kidney function. Massage therapists need to be aware of these conditions and which techniques are appropriate to use in certain circumstances.

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