Endocrine Conditions


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

Chapter 6 outlines several endocrine pathologies and the accompanying indications for massage. The final disorder detailed in the chapter is Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a type of depression that affects some people during winter months. It is thought that overproduction of melanin occurs and is a partial cause of the depression. Treatment may entail doses of exposure to full spectrum bright light. Massage can be performed and may help relieve some of the symptoms. My wife used to work in an office and her supervisor was diagnosed with SAD. She did indeed have a “light box” with full spectrum bright light at her desk and would use this to help, as recommended by her doctor. My wife could not recall if her supervisor had been receiving massage therapy during the winter months.

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