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Endocrine Pathologies

November 26, 2010

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

The endocrine system uses hormones to communicate and works in conjuction with the nervous system. Massage can be beneficial to the endocrine system by reducing stress that indirectly lowers stress hormone levels in the endocrine glands. The role of the endocrine system is to regulate activities of smooth and cardiac muscle along with some glands, regulation of chemical composition and volume of fluids, regulation of growth and development, alteration of metabolism, regulation of reproductive processes and participation in circadian rhythms. The endocrine has two categories of glands: exocrine, that secrete into empty body cavities, hollow centers of organs, and surface of the body; and endocrine, that secrete hormones into the bloodstream and nearby cells. Diseases of the pituitary are discussed. Diseases of the thyroid and parathyroid follow next in the chapter. The chapter has an overview of diabetes mellitus. The chapter concludes with an overview of diseases of the adrenal cortex.

Weak Bones and Diabetes Mellitus

July 28, 2010

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

Many of the endocrine diseases such as gigantism, dwarfism, and hyperpituitarism will cause patients to have weak bones. Like it was discussed in the text and power point, hormone therapy is the most common treatment for many of these diseases. But occupational and massage therapy could decrease discomfort and maximize potential range of movement for those struggling with their fine motor skills due to the pain from their weak bones. I should also be aware of patients with diabetes and those who are hyper and hypoglycemic, as the side effects of these diseases could affect how therapy is conducted. For instance, for patients with Diabetes Type I, I will need to be careful to avoid any recent insulin injection sites, because putting too much pressure on them could increase insulin absorption and possibly lead to a hypoglycemic episode.

Endocrine System Pathology

July 19, 2010

Endocrine pathologies consist of diseases of the pituitary, diseases of the thyroid, diseases of the parathyroids, diabetes mellitus and diseases of the adrenal cortex.. What stood out most to me was that I had a client who was a dwarf and being more studied in what he had made it better when I massaged him because I know how his body was set up and what was going on inside which made for a better and more knowledgeable massage. As a therapist its best to know what is going on inside so to best manage the outside when it comes to laying hands on somebody.


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