Endocrine pathologies

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

Chapter 6–This chapter was about endocrine pathologies. The endocrine system works with the nervous system in order to “coordinate all body systems” (page 173). The difference between the endocrine and the nervous system is that the nervous system uses nerve impulses to communicate while the endocrine system uses hormones and chemical messengers. There are two different types of glands from which hormones are released. The first is an exocrine and the second is a endocrine. In addition, the chapter pairs each hormone with the gland it comes with along with the function on pages 174-175 (Table 6-1). This was very informational and helpful in understanding the different pathologies to follow throughout the rest of the chapter. For example, when there is something wrong with the pituitary gland it can cause a variety of related diseases such as acromegaly, diabetes insipidus, hypopititarism, and hyperpituitarism. This is the same with all of the pathologies listed starting on page 176 to page 185. As in the last chapters, massage considerations were discussed. For a lot of the disorders clearance needed to be obtained from the primary physician before carrying out any massage treatment plan. One exception was in the case of the goiter. I was surprised to find that if a goiter was present on a patient it can be massaged. Goiters are sometimes found in people with graves disease. One thing I learned from this chapter was that seasonal affective disorder is placed with the endocrine pathologies. I assumed it would be with depression and bipolar disorders in the neurological chapter.

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