Cardiovascular System


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

Chapter 7 discusses the cardiovascular and lymphatic/immune systems as well as the therapeutic assessment of, related pathology and massage indication for these systems. The text notes that heart disease and cardiovascular disorders are among the most prevalent diseases in industrialized countries. In looking at the reasons for this high prevalence rate, there are several factors indicated. Diet, lifestyle, and genetics all play a role in the rise of heart disease. In industrialized countries, there tend to be a popular culture of diets that are higher in meat and dairy, which can contribute to heart disease and cardiovascular disorders. Industrialized countries, as compared to other countries, also tend to have a more sedentary lifestyle. This may be due to the technological advances easily available to those populations, as well as the nature of the occupations people engage in. In industrialized countries, people are more likely to work in a setting that does not require physical or manual labor, and then return home by car or subway and sit and watch television, or engage in other recreation that is more sedentary. It is therefore important to study the effects that this system has on the body, as well as the pathologies related to it, and how massage therapists may treat patients with various heart or cardiovascular disorders.

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