Dermatological Conditions


Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

Chapter 3 outlines many dermatological conditions and whether or not they are contraindicated for massage. After reading this chapter, it became clear to me why it is so important for massage therapists to know about pathology – and this is just the first chapter of many to discuss various disorders or conditions! It was also very informative to learn about the ABCDEF method of mole assessment and how a massage therapist should note any of these changes or irregularities and tell the client about these. One of the roles of the massage therapist is also to educate their client (not only with treatment recommendations for post massage visits, but also for conditions they notice or how moles appear). Referring their client to their health care provider is also extremely important, since some of these moles may be malignant and indicate skin cancer or other disorders that require further medical intervention.

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