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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).

Original Post
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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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.

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