Archive for April 12th, 2010

Pregnancy and Massage

April 12, 2010

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

Chapter 11 discussed the implications of pregnancy and massage. One important considerations for the massage therapist is the position of the client. During the first trimester, the client’s position is not a concern unless she is uncomfortable. During the second and third trimesters, expectant mothers receiving massage should be in a modified supine (semi-reclining) or side-lying position with the appropriate supportive devices. Having seem my own wife during her pregnancies, the pictures depicted reminded me of the way she had to lie during her second and especially third trimesters. In addition to positioning considerations, only gentle pressure should be used in the medial thigh region, since pregnant women are at a higher risk for blood clots.

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Renal Dialysis

April 12, 2010

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

In this chapter, renal dialysis is outlined and explained, as well as the implications for massage therapists. Renal dialysis is a procedure used to clean and filter the blood artificially. It is primarily for those individuals that require artificial replacement for lost kidney function (such as those with renal failure). It is fascinating to read how the machines involved are able to reproduce some of the functions of the kidney. For massage therapists, a light massage of short duration is best for those undergoing renal dialysis, since they are often taking anticoagulants. It is important to determine the best timing of massages for the client. This is because they may feel extremely tired immediately after a treatment session, and they also feel progressively worse as wastes build up between treatments. The massage therapist should consult with the client about the best time to schedule massage treatments. This information also lead me to investigate how dialysis started. Wikipedia.com notes the following, "Dr. Willem Kolff, a Dutch physician, constructed the first working dialyzer in 1943 during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Due to the scarcity of available resources, Kolff had to improvise and build the initial machine using sausage skins, drinks cans, a washing machine and various other items which were available at the time. Over the following two years, Kolff treated 16 patients who suffered from acute kidney failure using his machine, but the results proved unsuccessful. Then in 1945 a 67 year old woman in uremic coma regained consciousness following 11 hours of haemodialysis with the dialyzer, and lived for another 7 years before passing away of an unrelated condition. This was the first patient to ever be successfully treated with dialysis."

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Reproductive System Pathology

April 12, 2010

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

Chapter 11 is about issues related to the reproductive system including assessment of the reproductive system, breast implants, how to identify reproductive system disease & disorder, risk factors for STDs, and the life stages & pathology of reproductive system. This chapter shows the reproductive organs, roles, and functions of hormones, women in prenatal cycle, pregnancy, STD transmission, and other considerations. Massage therapists should know about this information in order to refer the client out, avoid affected areas, and other considerations when performing massage, as appropriate for the clients condition, disorder, or disease.

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Respiratory System Pathology

April 12, 2010

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

Chapter 8 is an overview of the respiratory system, medications used for treating respiratory disorders, and how to recognize respiratory disease. This chapter shows the functions, diseases, and disorders of the respiratory system, air movement, pulmonary ventilation, plus how a massage therapist should know when to refer out because the disorder or disease is too severe, or the client is at risk of having a massage, or the therapist is just not qualified to perform the massage.

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Nervous System Pathology

April 12, 2010

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

Chapter 5 is an overview of the nervous system and discusses how to assess the nervous system, what medications are used to treat mood disorders, how to work with visually impaired clients, and other disease & disorders related to nervous system pathologies. This chapter shows how the different parts of the nervous system including central, peripheral, autonomic, somatic, para/sympathetic, transmits information using the neuron/nerve/brain structure system. It also covers how a massage therapist might deal with clients who are visually impaired or on nervous system medications and what kind of accommodations might be needed in the massage room if they are visually impaired.

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Musculoskeletal Pathology

April 12, 2010

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

Chapter 4 is an overview about the musculoskeletal system including assessment and commonly used medications. This chapter shows the structure and function of muscles, bones, and joints, how they work together, checking for range of movement, looking at gait, balance, and how to work with, identify, and avoid musculoskeletal related diseases so there is no further injury or pain to the client during the massage, while working with the client to achieve relaxation that can be healing for the client.

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Infection Control

April 12, 2010

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

Chapter 1 is an overview about pathology concepts including disease types, pathogen definitions, pathogenic agent descriptions, how infection is transmitted, discussion about systemic/acute/chronic disease, definitions of contamination, and risk factors. This chapter shows how important it is to be familiar with disease and to recognize skin disorders and how to interact plus recognize disease & infection as a massage therapist professional.

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