Posts Tagged ‘Massage Therapy Skin Conditions’

Dermatological Pathologies in Occupational Therapy

July 26, 2010

Knowledge of skin infections and conditions will be very important in the field of occupational therapy. Especially with those infections that are extremely contagious; such as Impetigo, Lice and Scabies. As an occupational therapist, I will have to make sure that I question my patients about these infections and conditions. I was not aware that massage therapy is contraindicated for those with acne, because it can cause inflammation and discomfort. This is something I should also be aware of as an occupational therapist, as I will be coming into contact with my patients’ skin. It is also important to know that when patients have certain infections such as jock itch, it is okay to continue with therapy as long as the infected area is avoided (which in the case of jock itch, the area would always be avoided).

Dermatologic pathologies

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 the anatomic structures related to the integumentary system. The integumentary system is made up of hair, nails, glands, muscles and nerves. The skin is divided into epidermis and dermis. The dermis is beneath the epidermis. The skin protects, absobs, regulates temperature, and produces vitamin D. The skin can have bacterial, fungal or viral infections. Some bacterial infections are acne, boils, etc. Fungal infections are ringworm and athlete’s foot. Viral infections are chickenpox, shingles and warts. Other skin conditions are eczema, psoriasis, hives, rosacea and dermatitis. Lice are found in the hair.

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