Nervous System Pathology


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

Chapter 5– This chapter was about nervous pathologies. The beginning of the chapter started with an overview of the nervous system. This was a nice review. It broke the nervous system down into three basic functions: Sensory, integrative, and motor. It mentioned that the spinal chord and brain make up the central nervous system and that all the remaining nervous tissue outside of that is part of the Central nervous system. The review section also discusses the autonomic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system. On page 146 the text talks about some of general manifestations of nervous system diseases. Some example include, dizziness, tremors, and loss of coordination. Then the chapter includes many pathologies from pages 147 -168. This chapter touches on disorders such as multiple sclerosis, cerebal palsy as well as mood disorders such as depression. For many of the diseases massage could be done and was often recommended depending on the pathology being discussed. Sometimes the massage therapist needed to obtain clearance from the primary health provider prior to performing any treatment. The one disease I learned the most about was shingles. I did not realize this is neurological. It didn’t touch on in much in chapter 5, but referred me back to chapter 3. After doing additional research I learned how it was neurological and how it "hibernates" for years.

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