Gastrointestinal Pathology

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

It was interesting to read in this chapter about both anorexia nervosa and bulimia and how they related to massage therapy. I had learned about these eating disorders while studying abnormal psychology, and psychological and nutritional treatment programs were outlined. In addition, massage therapy can be a helpful supplemental and complimentary treatment. For clients with anorexia nervosa, the massage therapist needs to first obtain clearance from the their health care provider. Massage may help to improve the client’s self-image and decrease anxiety, which will aid psychological counseling. For clients with bulimia, massage may also help them decrease their anxiety.

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