Musculoskeletal Conditions


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

This chapter highlights the musculoskeletal system and pathologies of the system. One the disorders described is fibromyalgia. This is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects muscle and related connective tissue. The text also states that pain, joint stiffness and the presence of tender points or trigger points are involved (if 11 of 18 trigger points are painful, then this diagnosis is often made). Until about a year ago, I had no idea what fibromyalgia was. However, within that time, there have been numerous television commercials about this disorder and the medications that are available for treatment. It was therefore most enlightening to read that massage is currently the best treatment for this condition. I am curious as to whether massage therapy is reimbursed at the same rate as a prescription medication would be, since that is the case.

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