Chapter 4


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

While reading Chapter 4 in the text book I learned about musculoskeletal pathologies. Some common pathologies are Kyphosis, and Lordosis. Kyphosis is when there is an over curve of the thoracic spine, causing a "hump" on the upper back, mild to moderate discomfort can come with this pathology. Lordosis is when there is an over curve of the lumbar spine, because of this hamstring problems can occur. When massaging both of these conditions make sure to make client comfortable, try different massaging positions such as sideline, or propped up. Another pathology is rheumatoid arthritis, which is a contraindicated condition.

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