Posts Tagged ‘Massage Therapy Gastrointestinal Disorders’

Gastrointestinal Pathologies

November 29, 2010

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

Classes of nutrients for the body are carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins, minerals, and water. Carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids break down into smaller molecules. Carbohydrates break down into simple sugars called monosaccharides. Proteins break down into amino acids. Lipids break down into glycerol and fatty acids. The digestive system consists of the gastrointestinal tract and it’s accessory digestive organs. The digestive process begins in the mouth, then the food moves down into the stomach where it is mixed with gastric juices. The food becomes chyme and moves into the small intestines. Next the chyme moves through the colon for absorption and lastly, defecation. General dysfunctions of the GI tract include nausea, vomiting, constipation and diarrhea. Mumps, thrush, tonsillitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcer disease, gastritis, and gastroenteritis are diseases of the upper GI tract. Diseases of the lower GI tract include polyps, diverticulitis, diverticulosis, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn disease, intestinal obstruction, appendicitis, and hemorrhoids. The chapter also gives an overview of jaundice, viral hepatitis, cirrhosis, cholelithiasis, cholecystitis, and pancreatitis. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the different types of hernias.

Gastrointestinal System Pathology

July 19, 2010

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

As I read gastrointestinal pathologies I was brought back to a memory when I went to mexico and got very ill from the food and water not knowing about the different things going on with your gastrointestinal tract could lead to worse things. Nausea and actual vomiting can mean many things and learning about the diseases of the upper gastrointestinal tract were interesting I had only heard about tonsillitis. I had no clue all the other things were connected to the tract and it shows how everything in the body are connecting and how we should try and balance as much as we can and massage can help with many of these ailments.

Gastrointestinal Disorders, comment

July 16, 2010

While I do not include abdominal massage during my routine, I do recall from our classroom time that abdominal massage is good for gastrointestinal issues.  I have not had any clients who have had gastrointestinal issues, but if I did have such a client I would inquire if they need something special from the session and I would inquire if my client would like some abdominal massage.

Original Post

June 2, 2010

Title: Maya Abdominal massage

According to the Arvigo Massage Center: Maya Abdominal Massage is a non-invasive external massage technique to the abdomen and pelvis that helps to guide to the internal reproductive organs into their proper position, and relieve tension in the diaphragm. The massage improves organ function by releasing physical and emotional congestion, thereby helping to re-establish health in the pelvic region. Maya abdominal massage for the reproductive and digestive systems has been known and practiced for thousands of years, the technique having been passed down through an unbroken chain of midwives, healers and shaman, generation after generation, all over the world from Central America to Africa, Egypt and China. This knowledge has largely been forgotten or suppressed in this century. The technique, as practiced today, was developed by Dr Rosita Arvigo. Rosita moved to Belize from America in 1981 and set up a naprapathic (a branch of chiropractic) clinic with her husband. Two years later, she met and befriended one of the last of the traditional Maya shaman, Don Elijio Panti. After some persuasion, he agreed to take her on as his apprentice and over the next 10 years, imparted to her his wisdom of the healing plants of the rainforest, traditional massage, including the abdominal techniques and spiritual healing. Don Elijio passed away in 1996, aged 103. Since this time Rosita has taken the knowledge she learned from him, and combined it with her Western naprapathic and herbal training to form the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage. Some of the common symptoms, which can be helped by Maya Abdominal Massage and may indicate a displaced uterus, tight diaphragm or twisted pelvis include the following: Painful or irregular periods and ovulation – Dark, thick fluids at the beginning & end of menses – Amenorrhoea/Dismenorrhoea – Headaches/ Dizziness with menses – PMS – Endometriosis/Endometritis – Uterine polyps – Ovarian cysts/Fibroids – Vaginitis – Uterine infections – Hormonal imbalances – Difficult menopause – Painful intercourse – Infertility – Difficult pregnancy & delivery – Premature deliveries – Weak newborn infants – Lower back ache – Tired legs, numb feet/ Sore heals – Varicose veins – Chronic indigestion/Heartburn – Chronic constipation – Gastritis – Frequent or painful urination – Bladder infections

Gastrointestinal Problems Diseases

July 6, 2010

Personally interesting to me to read about colon problems since having had surgery for diverticulitis. I must get more fiber in my diet! Abdominal massage should be considered and performed with light/medium pressure if comfortable to client or not at all if client is experiencing pain.

Maya Abdominal massage

June 2, 2010

According to the Arvigo Massage Center: Maya Abdominal Massage is a non-invasive external massage technique to the abdomen and pelvis that helps to guide to the internal reproductive organs into their proper position, and relieve tension in the diaphragm. The massage improves organ function by releasing physical and emotional congestion, thereby helping to re-establish health in the pelvic region. Maya abdominal massage for the reproductive and digestive systems has been known and practiced for thousands of years, the technique having been passed down through an unbroken chain of midwives, healers and shaman, generation after generation, all over the world from Central America to Africa, Egypt and China. This knowledge has largely been forgotten or suppressed in this century. The technique, as practiced today, was developed by Dr Rosita Arvigo. Rosita moved to Belize from America in 1981 and set up a naprapathic (a branch of chiropractic) clinic with her husband. Two years later, she met and befriended one of the last of the traditional Maya shaman, Don Elijio Panti. After some persuasion, he agreed to take her on as his apprentice and over the next 10 years, imparted to her his wisdom of the healing plants of the rainforest, traditional massage, including the abdominal techniques and spiritual healing. Don Elijio passed away in 1996, aged 103. Since this time Rosita has taken the knowledge she learned from him, and combined it with her Western naprapathic and herbal training to form the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage. Some of the common symptoms, which can be helped by Maya Abdominal Massage and may indicate a displaced uterus, tight diaphragm or twisted pelvis include the following: Painful or irregular periods and ovulation – Dark, thick fluids at the beginning & end of menses – Amenorrhoea/Dismenorrhoea – Headaches/ Dizziness with menses – PMS – Endometriosis/Endometritis – Uterine polyps – Ovarian cysts/Fibroids – Vaginitis – Uterine infections – Hormonal imbalances – Difficult menopause – Painful intercourse – Infertility – Difficult pregnancy & delivery – Premature deliveries – Weak newborn infants – Lower back ache – Tired legs, numb feet/ Sore heals – Varicose veins – Chronic indigestion/Heartburn – Chronic constipation – Gastritis – Frequent or painful urination – Bladder infections

Infant Massage for constipation

June 2, 2010

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson.

Chapter 11 has a subsection that discusses constipation. I know that constipation is quite common in infants and have used massage techniques to help the problem. The method used for an adult involves some type of abdominal massage by stimulating forward movement of intestinal contents. The client is recommended to be in the supine position with flexed knees. Circular gliding strokes, kneading and vibration in a clockwise direction on the abdominal area are to be used. A similar method is used for infants as well. If the infant is constipated, you can perform a tummy massage by gently massaging and rubbing the baby’s tummy in a clockwise direction. Place your hands at baby’s navel and massage in a circular motion, moving your hand(s) out and away from the center of baby’s belly. You can also bicycle the infant’s legs by placing the baby on the back and lightly holding the legs in a half-bent position. Gently begin to move the baby’s legs as if he/she is riding a bicycle. It is recommended that the massage therapist alternate “Bicycle Legs” with Tummy Massage. “Bicycle Legs” also may help to relieve a baby who is gassy.


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