Notes on Chapter 11


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

This chapter is on reproductive conditions, reproductive pathologies, and sexually transmitted diseases. The chapter begins with an overview of the reproductive system. Massage therapy does not affect this system directly. It can, however, relieve some stress that comes with some pathologies. In this section the difference between primary and secondary reproductive organs is distinguished. Primary reproductive organs are gonads, which produced hormones critical for reproduction. In the males the gonads are the testes, and in the female they are the ovaries. Secondary reproductive organs are the ducts that are used to transport reproductive material for fertilization, and then the ovum to the place of incubation. The remainder of this section goes into detail about the entire process of reproduction. It includes details are they relate to pregnancy. Following this section are some questions a massage therapist can ask the client in order to evaluate the reproductive system during the premassage interview. If the client has genital discharge, abnormal breast discharge, fever with groin paint, masses in the breasts, masses in the abdominopelvic region, or skin lesions the therapists is advised to direct the client to their primary care provider. The remainder or this chapter is about reproductive pathologies and conditions. Some of the pathologies discussed include chlamydia, endometriosis, genital herpes, menopause, and prostatitis. This chapter was a really nice review. Figure 11-6 (pg 292) was a really nice diagram and overview of the first week of prenatal development.

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