Gastrointestinal Side Effects

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

The gastro intestinal disorders described in the book and power point have side effects that could affect the way therapy is conducted and that I should be aware of. For example, people who are obese may tend to get tired more easily, and tend to have tense back, neck, shoulder and leg muscles from carrying all the extra weight. Areas with excess fat are also more susceptible to bruising. These are all factors I would take into account when planning a patients’ therapy. Celiac Disease also has some gastrointestinal side effects that could affect how the therapy session was planned out. This disease causes frequent diarrhea, so the patient may have to stop for bathroom breaks.

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