Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

This chapter discusses various drugs that a typical client may or may not be taking. It is important to know your client’s medical history and if they are currently taking any prescribed medications that could contraindicate a massage session. Prescription drugs should be taken only at the direction of a doctor. Over-the-counter drugs are available without a prescription. Drugs can be taken orally, by injection, by inhaling or applied to skin. If your client is taking medication that you are not familiar with, it is important to ask the reason for taking the medication and if there are any side effects related to the medication. Some common medications are for pain & inflammation management, muscle relaxers, diabetes, antidepressants, blood pressure and heart medications.

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