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Dermatologic Pathologies, comment

March 7, 2011

I come across eczema, bruises, and scrapes quite often as an occupational therapist. The textbook is quite helpful for me. While at work, I find myself referring to the book sometimes (now that it is on my bookshelf).

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November 26, 2010
Title: Dermatologic Pathologies
Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

I found this chapter to be nice review for skin pathologies. While chiropractic care does not involve as global skin contact as massage therapy, it is still important to recognize these pathologies. Visual inspection is a major component of chiropractic physical examination. Therefore, it was not a lost for me to have this review of common dermatologic pathologies. Some of these pathologies being: impetigo, folliculitis, tinea pedis, HSV, eczema, rosacea and contact dermatitis. The pictures are helpful, even though not very delightful.

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Dermatologic Pathologies

November 26, 2010

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

I found this chapter to be nice review for skin pathologies. While chiropractic care does not involve as global skin contact as massage therapy, it is still important to recognize these pathologies. Visual inspection is a major component of chiropractic physical examination. Therefore, it was not a lost for me to have this review of common dermatologic pathologies. Some of these pathologies being: impetigo, folliculitis, tinea pedis, HSV, eczema, rosacea and contact dermatitis. The pictures are helpful, even though not very delightful.

Shingles

August 11, 2010

I wanted to gain a better understanding of shingles since every female relative on my mother’s side of the family has had shingles, including my mother. Shingles is a viral infection that is the reactivation of the dormant chicken pox. Its first symptom is typically typically tingling or numbness of the skin. It is then followed by a skin rash that appears on one side of the body, unilateral, in a band-like appearance. It sometimes occurs on the face, and rarely on both sides of the body. Few people with shingles experience postherpetic neuralgia which is localized pain thought to be caused by nerved damage from the shingles. After shingles is treated and the patient is cleared by a physician, a massage therapist should be considerate of hypersensitive areas and adjust accordingly.

Dermatological Pathologies in Occupational Therapy

July 26, 2010

Knowledge of skin infections and conditions will be very important in the field of occupational therapy. Especially with those infections that are extremely contagious; such as Impetigo, Lice and Scabies. As an occupational therapist, I will have to make sure that I question my patients about these infections and conditions. I was not aware that massage therapy is contraindicated for those with acne, because it can cause inflammation and discomfort. This is something I should also be aware of as an occupational therapist, as I will be coming into contact with my patients’ skin. It is also important to know that when patients have certain infections such as jock itch, it is okay to continue with therapy as long as the infected area is avoided (which in the case of jock itch, the area would always be avoided).

Dermatologic Pathologies

July 20, 2010

Massage therapists provide a valuable service that most clients enjoy. After having received several therapy sessions the client usually is excited and encouraged but the progress he or she is making because the therapy is helping his or her circulation while often times reducing stress as well. It should come as no surprise then that the client might not always be forthright about his or her medical conditions once treatment has occurred for a period of time. The most common occurrence of this is often seen when one develops a skin rash or other symptom of a more serious condition. Many people, especially younger, school aged clients often think they know their bodies well enough to know when they have a harmless bump or bruise or when it is something worse. It is the job of the therapist to ask questions when he or she sees unusual areas on the client that the client has not disclosed prior to or at the beginning of the massage therapy session. Let’s say we have a 16 year old client who is receiving massage therapy to help treat the symptoms and side effects of ADHD. This client is otherwise in good health but comes in for a session with an outbreak on his back. Thinking this is just another rash of pimples that he has been beginning to get lately, he dismisses it and goes to his regularly scheduled massage therapy appointment, not bothering to mention the recent rash to his massage therapist. Once the therapist finds the outbreak, she quickly sees the rash and asks him about it. He states that although his back has been itching lately, it is due to the pimples he is getting on his back. The therapist takes another look and realizes that this is not an outbreak of acne but rather the beginning of a varicella (chickenpox) outbreak. Because the therapist has been diligent enough to take the time to talk to the client about his recent condition, she is able to hold treatment until the client is well enough to continue and has also helped prevent the spread of the infection from the patient to another via the therapist, massage surfaces, and tools used in the massage therapy process.

Dermatological System Pathology

July 19, 2010

As a massage therapist one has to be careful and knowledgeable of pathology so dermatologic pathologies is quite important, so the safety needs are met for my client as well as my own body. I can identify different processes regarding the integumentary system such as simple acne or a rash that might be contagious and the person should not be worked or as well as knowing what areas should be avoiding and never deducing a clients ailment but referring out to a Dr. for medical professional conclusions.

Dermatological Pathology

July 6, 2010

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

This was interesting to me because when I was a child I was told I had Impetigo around my knee area, I still have a white blotted patch on the area. Also, my daughter had chicken pox at 18 months, the vaccine is relatively new, unfortunately she contracted the virus just before the vaccine was released.

Skin Disorders

July 6, 2010

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

I think it is very important for massage therapists to learn about different skin disorders and diseases.  The nature of therapy puts the therapist in a position to observe areas of their patient’s body that the patient may not normally see.  The therapist can then make the patient aware of anything that may require a doctor’s attention, such as an area that looks like cancer.  It may save a person’s life.  The book mentioned a case where the therapist suspects her patient of having lice; I think that the therapist should mention to the patient that she suspected her of having lice.  I would personally feel guilty if I suspected that there was something wrong with someone and did not tell them about it.

Dermatologic pathologies

July 1, 2010

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

This chapter discusses the anatomic structures related to the integumentary system. The integumentary system is made up of hair, nails, glands, muscles and nerves. The skin is divided into epidermis and dermis. The dermis is beneath the epidermis. The skin protects, absobs, regulates temperature, and produces vitamin D. The skin can have bacterial, fungal or viral infections. Some bacterial infections are acne, boils, etc. Fungal infections are ringworm and athlete’s foot. Viral infections are chickenpox, shingles and warts. Other skin conditions are eczema, psoriasis, hives, rosacea and dermatitis. Lice are found in the hair.

Massage Pathology Dermatology

June 29, 2010

While reviewing this chapter I must admit it is a little stomach turning; but nonetheless, an important chapter to review with regard to skin conditios, learning signs and symptoms of the different skin conditions, how they should be treated in massage or if a massage should even take place. Hygiene and sanitization are an absolute must for the therapist.

dermatological pathologies

April 29, 2010

Since many pathogens can reside on or in the skin is very important for the massage therapist to be very knowledgeable recognizing the signs and symptoms that pathogens have, that way the massage therapist will protect his/her self of acquiring the pathogen by contact , inflaming the area infected or spreading the pathogen to other areas. Color pigmentations, hardness, softness, rashes, fissures, parasites, or anything abnormal that the massage therapist could see or palpate has to be documented for future observations or refer out to a health care provider if necessary. Some people have allergic reactions to massage oils, is important to have in hand different massage oils and lotions usually clients know to what they are allergic, and which oil does not give them allergic reaction. In my practice, I had clients with aids, herpes simplex; fungal infections, skin cancer; warts, some of them very contagious pathologies and some clients omit to tell you at the beginning that they have them, and tell you later when they have more confidence with you. That is why, is so important to have always good cleaning habits, washing hands, using gloves if broken skin, yours or client’s, recommend bathing before massage, using clean sheets with every client, disinfecting stones or other artifacts used during the massage.

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Chapter 3

April 14, 2010

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

While reading Chapter 3 I learned about Dermatological pathologies. Some common ones are Macule; or freckles and flat moles, Bulla; or a blister, Pustules; or acne, not fully contraindicated. With the more sever pathologies massage is contraindicated. Some contraindicated pathologies are Measles, Impetigo, Lice, and Herpes Simplex. When massaging a client with skin problems some pathologies are partially contraindicated, or the massage can me preformed with latex gloves on. When taking the gloves off, the therapist must be very careful to take them off without touching the outside of the glove. Keeping yourself healthy as a therapist is most important.

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