Posts Tagged ‘Massage Therapy Respiratory Disorders’

Respiratory Pathologies

November 29, 2010

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

The respiratory system functions are exchange of gases, regulation of blood pH, providing sense of smell, filtration of incoming air, production of sounds, and elimination of water and heat. Pulmonary ventilation is the movement of air into and out of the lungs by way of muscle contraction and relaxation, and the elastic recoil of the alveoli. The diaphragm is the primary muscle involved with inspiration. Common cold, sinusitis, pharyngitis, larnygitis, influenza, and infectious mononucleosis are the upper respiratory tract infections discussed in this chapter. Massage is contraindicated during acute and active stages of these infections. Overviews of low respiratory tract infections of pleurisy, pneumonia, and tuberculosis are discussed. There are two types of pleurisy: wet and dry. Wet pleurisy refers to an increase in intrapleural fluids, while dry pleurisy refers to decrese in intrapleural fluids. The most common infectious disease causing death in the US in pnenumonia. Tuberculosis is a bacterial lung infection transmitted by inhalation of infected droplets. Massage should be postponed until 4 weeks after the start of treatment. The two main stages of disease are primary and secondary. Most people with primary TB are asymptomatic or the patient may experience generalized symptoms. Secondary TB can present with cough with blood sputum, high fever, night sweats, general anxiety, and shortness of breath. Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases are characterized by obstructed airflow that worsens with exertion. The chapter overviews asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonconiosis, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, and obstructive sleep apnea. Pulmonary edema and embolism are the vascular disorders discussed. Acute respiratory distress syndrome can result in multiple organ failure and death making it a medical emergency. The chapter concludes with a brief overview of hay fever.

Respiratory Pathologies

July 26, 2010

People with respiratory issues require special considerations when massage therapy is involved. For example, take a patient who suffers from pneumonia. While the client is suffering from pneumonia, it is important that he or she is allowed to recover before beginning or resuming massage therapy. For some patients, it is not uncommon for their doctor to recommend massage therapy for patients once the pneumonia has cleared up but still exhibit some lingering symptoms. For some patients who are still in the process of trying to recover completely from the pneumonia, their doctor might recommend postural drainage therapy after the patient has recovered from the pneumonia but has not yet completely “dried up” so to speak. This is done in order to drain any remaining moisture in the lungs and respiratory system and decrease the chance for a reoccurrence of the pneumonia before the patient has completely recovered. Overall, when one has a respiratory issue, it is imperative for the client to check with the physician before beginning any kind of massage therapy.

Respiratory System Pathology

July 19, 2010

Respiratory pathologies was close to home with me. I have asthma as well as many allergies and I know from experience that lying on the table getting massaged can not be a pleasant experience if not prepared for the client so learning more about what causes these ailments can help for better treating a client and making their experience more enjoyable and beneficial. I also found it interesting that one shouldn’t massage a client in the middle of a cold so as not to spread it. Its amazing that just a massage can either make u more sick or ease the muscles that surround what we use for instance someone with allergies would do well with a facial massage massaging the sinus to perhaps relieve sinus pressure.

Respiratory System, comment

July 16, 2010

I agree with this blog that this massage therapist believes that most cases of respiratory disease and/or disorder would be a contraindication for massage.  I have never experienced a client who has had any respiratory disease but if I did I would be sure to confirm that my client does in fact have his physicians approval for massage.  I would also ask my client if any particular aspect of a massage would cause discomfort and if necessary I would adjust my massage.  I also believe that tapotement is a very good help for broncial disorders.

Original Post

July 6, 2010

Title: Respiration Diseases and Disorders

It seems most cases with respiratory diseases and disorders show massage to be a contraindication. Therapist should become aware of clients with these types of disorders and think about treating client with different posture techniques. Must be physician approved. Tapotement is effective for bronchial disorders.

How to Relieve Congestion in Massage Clients

June 2, 2010

I have noticed when clients are in the prone position for around 30 minutes, they often times experience sinus congestion. This congestion can be a major distraction from the relaxing massage. The congestion can also lead to sinusitis. I found the following tips for preventing congestion: 1. Certain essential oils “such as eucalyptus and peppermint”are known to act as decongestants. Place a few drops of one of these oils on the face cradle before positioning the client in the prone position or use an aromatherapy diffuser. 2. Adjusting the face cradle or cushion may be a simple way to relieve congestion. Adjusting where the pressure falls on the face can bring immediate relief. 3. Using a memory foam face cradle can also help ease sinus discomfort. The memory foam provides relief by distributing the pressure more evenly across the face. It also provides softer, more supportive cushioning than regular face cradles. 4. A facial steamer or humidifier (along with Vicks in the medicine cup) can also help keep the sinuses clear. 5. If none of these steps bring adequate relief, try giving the massage with the client in the side-lying position. This will eliminate sinus pressure from the face cradle and avoid the problematic prone position altogether.


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