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Neurologic 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 begins with an overview of the functions of the nervous system. The nervous system is responsible for mental processes, behavior, and emotional response. It functions in conjunction with the endocrine system to maintain homeostasis. The neuronal structure is discussed next. More detail is given about the central nervous system that is composed of brain, spinal cord, and spinal nerves. A brief description of the peripheral nervous system is given next. The following CNS disoders are reviewed: cerebral palsy, spina bifida, seizure disorders, spinal cord injury, ADHD, and autism. A brief discussion of proper etiquette and care for wheelchair-bound clients. Meningitis, encephalitis, poliomyelitis and postpolio syndrome are infectious diseases discussed. Neurodegenerative and vascular disorders overview follow. The chapter ends with an overview of peripheral nerve disoders. The peripheral nerve disorders discussed are trigeminal neuralgia, bells palsy, myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, sciatica, carpal tunnel, and thoracic outlet syndrome.

Neurological Pathologies

July 21, 2010

While there is really no such thing as an unimportant factor to consider when deciding how to go about a massage therapy session, neurological factors are some of the more important factors to consider. One neurological disorder that is beginning to see more treatment by massage therapists is Cerebral Palsy. Often present at, during, or just after birth, Cerebral Palsy affects many children and has no cure. Through massage therapy, however, people with Cerebral Palsy can experience lower occurrences of spasticity due to the calming effects of massage therapy and can also experience greater flexibility and range of motion as well as even having more positive social interactions after several successful massage therapy sessions. It is important to note, however, that the massage therapists have to be extremely careful if and when they attempt to stretch a client with Cerebral Palsy due to the compromised bone density associated with Cerebral Palsy. Many massage therapists also find it beneficial to the patient to teach a family member or primary care giver some techniques that could help to calm a person with Cerebral Palsy in order to provide the best care for the client and to make the client as comfortable as possible when situations of severe pain or discomfort arise.

Nervous System Pathology

July 19, 2010

I found neurologic pathologies the most interesting. My mother is a registered nurse and we have often discussed first aid especially for people who are having seizures or are not mentally there, such as a grandmother of mine who had Alzheimer’s disease. Had I known more about it like I do now perhaps I could have used massage in correlation to her treatment plan. Also I work next door to a hearing aid clinic. To be able to know some sign language helps them feel more comfortable and will trust me to get on a table and get body work done.


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