Notes on Chapter 8


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

This chapter was about respiratory pathologies. The first portion of this chapter introduces the respiratory system. It mentions that massage therapy can directly affect the respiratory system. For instance, by massaging the client it may relax them allowing them to breathe more deeply and slowly. The chapter also goes into detail regarding the physiology of breathing. It outlines the pathway of air after inhalation and the muscles of exhalation and inhalation. The chapter also introduces questions the massage therapist can use to evaluate the client’s respiratory system. If any of the following problems are present in the client the massage therapist is advised to get clearance from the health care provider: altered breathing patterns, change in breathing sounds, wheezing, nasal flaring during inhalation, pursed lips during exhalation, chest or facial pain, pale skin, cyanosis of lips or fingertips, clubbed finger and toes, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, any sign of respiratory infection, and green-yellowish-rusty colored sputum. There are several pathologies associated which are outlines on pages 236-247. Some of these include asthma, bronchitis, COPD, and pulmonary edema. For most pathologies in this chapter, massage was contraindicated or needed special accommodations. Table 8-1 (page 234) introduces several medications that are used to treat respiratory disorders. I found the overview of the respiratory system very informative and a nice review.

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