Introduction of Pathology for Massage Therapists


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

During our practice of massage therapy we encounter people with different pathogens. By understanding pathology during massage therapy, we will improve our service to the clients by preventing the spread of the diseases, and protect ourselves of acquiring diseases. By palpating and observing the client skin and muscles a knowledgeable massage therapist can evaluate if some kind of abnormality is developing like a skin infection, swelling, trauma, tumor or anything that could disrupt homeostasis and put in danger the client’s life, a good evaluation by understanding the sings and symptoms we could take the correct decisions. If pathogens or abnormalities are present, the massage therapist should not diagnose but can recommend the client to visit a health care provider for deeper evaluation. In my experience during lymphatic draining massage, I have encountered many swollen nodes, some of them big enough to worry, immediately I informed the client made them palpate the swollen node and recommended them to visit their health care provider.

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