Posts Tagged ‘Massage Therapy Musculoskeletal Pathology’

Chiropractic Adjustments, comment

May 12, 2011

I totally disagree with Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. There are other drugless treatments available for the initial pain in the low back. They include massage therapy, hydrotherapy, wax therapy, and exercise therapy. The list can go on further. I would dare say that massage therapy is used more than chiropractic adjustments for initial low back pain within the United States. If anyone has research to prove me wrong, please show me.

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May 12, 2011
Chiropractic Adjustments
With approximately 15 million patients annually, chiropractic is now America’s second largest health care system. Translating to “done with the hands,” chiropractic therapy uses physical manipulation of the spine and joints to relieve pain, decompress nerves and return positive energy to the body. Chiropractic adjustments help prevent wear and tear of the joints by maintaining their proper positioning and decreases scar tissue formation after injury. The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research endorses chiropractic therapy as the only, safe and effective, drugless form of initial treatment for low back pain. Because the spinal column acts like a switchboard for the nervous system, proper alignment is essential for good health.

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Musculoskeletal Pathologies

November 26, 2010

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

This chapter falls in line perfectly with information I am learning in chiropractic school. The chapter begins with an overview of the three types of muscle tissue. It then goes into overview about bone structure and classifications. Next, the types of joints are discussed. Following joint discussion comes descriptions of skeletal disorders. Osteoporosis being the most common bone disease and seen more prevalent in women. Osteomalacia, rickets, Padget’s disease, osteomyelitis, Marfan’s, and spondylolysis are also discussed. Spinal deviations and foot deformities follow in discussion. The following joint disorders are discussed next: spondylolisthesis, patellofemoral syndrome, ganglion cyst, baker cyst, bursitis, and TMJ dysfunction. The chapter concludes with discussion on various forms of arthritis, muscular and myofascial disorders, and musculoskeletal injuries.

Musculoskeletal Pathologies

July 20, 2010

Massage therapy seems to be a perfect match for musculoskeletal pathologies. Many areas of the body are affected by massage therapy and chief among them is the musculoskeletal system, or the muscles and joints of the body. When administered properly, massage techniques work to loosen tight muscles and stiff joints while simultaneously lubricating the joints and muscles and relaxing areas of intense tightness and pressure surrounding the muscles. This massage technique also works to increase range of motion for many patients while relieving stress and soreness around the affected areas. While massage therapy has many uses and benefits, helping to restore range of motion and a general feeling of looseness and comfort to the patient is a huge benefit that massage therapy has to offer.

Musculoskeletal Pathology

July 6, 2010

The musculoskeletal system is made up of cardiac, smooth and skeletal muscles. Muscles produce body movements, stabilize body position and help maintain normal body temperature. Components of skeletal system are bones, cartilage, ligaments and joints. Some examples of skeletal disorders are osteoporosis, rickets, Paget disease and spondylolysis. Most common is osteoporosis which is loss of normal bone density. Use lighter pressure for someone with osteoporosis. Spinal deviations are kyphosis (posterior thoracic curve), lordosis (anterior lumbar curve) and scoliosis (lateral curvature in thorax).


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