Posts Tagged ‘Massage Therapy Medications’


August 11, 2010

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

Chapter 3.
Pharmacokinetics is the study of how a drug moves through the body. There are four pharmacokinetic processes. The first is absorption which is the drug entering into body fluids that include blood and lymph. The second process is distribution. Distribution involves how the drug is transported by the fluids to the targeted area. The third part of pharmacokinetics is metabolism. Metabolism is how the body changes the drug chemically. This process gets the drug ready for the final process which is excretion. Excretion is the drug leaving the body, which could be by way of the kidneys, lungs, intestinal tract and exocrine glands.


July 20, 2010

It is important for any therapist or medical professional to note what medications a client is taking. This falls under the intake process but it is up to the therapist to ask why and how the client is taking the medication. Although some answers might be obvious, such as one taking antihistamines in order to treat allergies, it is important for the therapist to note exactly what kind of allergy the patient suffers from. It could be anything from seasonal allergies to contact allergies, in which case the therapist needs to know what can or cannot be used in a treatment session. It is also important for the therapist to note how medications are administered. If the medication is administered orally, there is less of an effect on the therapy than if the client is taking the medication through injections or even intravenously or through a port. If the client is taking the medications any way other than orally, special care must be taken to ensure that massage therapy is still recommended for the patient and that the injection/IV/port site is not disturbed during therapy. It is the sole purpose of medications to help heal the body and it is our jobs as therapists to ensure the medication is allowed to properly do its job as undisturbed as possible while we work with the medication to also help heal the patient.


July 19, 2010

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

After reading chapter three in the book i have gained knowledge on medications. i feel confident in being able to contrast and compare some drug’s chemical, generic and trade name. As well as knowing the difference between a prescription and non prescription drug, which one needs to be Dr. approved specifically for that patient and non prescriptions can be bought over the counter basically not regulated by a Dr. and is at your discretion. Also as massage therapists and not Dr.’s, I can never prescribe anyone medication but it would be beneficial for me to know what over the counter medication can be used with my clients treatment plan if their doctors allow.

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July 7, 2010

I feel as if people over medicate themselves.  They would rather take a pill than put effort into fixing their emotional or physical problems.  Massage therapy is a method to relieve pain and is better for one’s body than taking a bunch of drugs.

For example, it has been shown that headaches can be reduced through neck and shoulder massage.  One lady reports in that after applying intense pressure to her suboccipital muscles and doing simple neck circles, her headache subsided.  She got the same results through massage that she would have wanted through drugs, but without putting foreign substances into her body.


July 6, 2010

“You’re Taking What?  Massage and Common Medications” by Ruth Werner reports that in 2005, almost 40 million people sought out a professional for a massage.  Most likely, many of these patients were on some sort of medication, many of which have adverse side effects that could play a part during massage.  For example, something as simple as Advil can cause abdominal pain and bruising.  If the massage therapist does not does have the knowledge of these side effects, he could end up causing pain or discomfort for the patient that could have been avoided.  Not only does this defeat the purpose of bettering the life of the client, but it will have a negative effect on the therapist’s business.  It is the responsibility of the therapist to ask the patient about any current medications and then have the knowledge of these medications so he can massage accordingly.


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 various drugs that a typical client may or may not be taking. It is important to know your client’s medical history and if they are currently taking any prescribed medications that could contraindicate a massage session. Prescription drugs should be taken only at the direction of a doctor. Over-the-counter drugs are available without a prescription. Drugs can be taken orally, by injection, by inhaling or applied to skin. If your client is taking medication that you are not familiar with, it is important to ask the reason for taking the medication and if there are any side effects related to the medication. Some common medications are for pain & inflammation management, muscle relaxers, diabetes, antidepressants, blood pressure and heart medications.

Medication and massage

June 29, 2010

A client came in and had taken a strong muscle relaxant for pain in between the spine and scapula. When doing the intake she told me she had taken the medication 4 hours earlier and was also having her menstral cycle. I told her that taking medication does effect what kind of massage you can receive. I have found that people don’t realize the effect massage has on the body other than relaxation. I believe it is important to educate people and not just let the opportunity pass by thinking they may already know. I have had more than one person taking high blood pressure medication with moderately high blood pressure get mad because they cannot have deep tissue massage. Some therapists will give these people a deep massage even though they should not and are risking that client’s health just so the client won’t get mad. When the next therapist comes along not wanting to cause harm, they may get a mad client express their angry opinion.

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