Pathology for Massage Therapists
of dermatitis; sometimes called dermatitis; inflammation of the skin
stress, exposure to poisonous plants, depleted cortisol levels due to continued
filled blisters that weep, ooze and crust over, itching, redness, scaling,
dry flaky skin
to reduce stress, eliminate toxins; Use Vitamin E oil
Refer to appropriate health care practitioner: Avoid inflamed areas.
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or generalized condition in which the body tissues contain an excessive
amount of fluid.
nutritional deficiencies, dehydration, restrictions caused by tight muscles,
systemic disorders such as kidney problems, congestive heart failure
fluid in area, feels "squishy"
to remove toxin build up. Release tight muscles.
Refer to appropriate health care practitioner if pitting occurs ( area
remained indented after applying pressure)
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): name means "blown up" or "full of
air"; lungs lose their elasticity and remain filled with air during expiration
Causes: loss of elasticity
and dilation of lung tissue usually due to air pollution, occupational
exposure to industrial dust, smoking
expiration, increase in size of chest cage, decrease in blood oxygen, fatigue,
for stress reduction: Castor oil packs on chest and back; work rib
cage - pecs, intercostals, serratus anterior, scalenes, rectus abdominis
and other areas to facilitate breathing. Breathing Exercises.
Work with appropriate health care practitioner. May have other contraindications
like fever due to flu or pneumonia. (weakened immune system). May
not be able to lay prone or supine due to lack of breath.
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of endometrial tissue outside the uterus
fluid backup into the fallopian tubes, poor nutrition, hormonal imbalances
pain, back pain, excessive bleeding, nausea, vomiting, infertility, painful
urination, premenstral spotting, vertebral subluxation.
for stress and pain reduction, detoxification; hot packs or castor oil
packs on abdomen; Visceral manipulation. Psoas and iliacus work to
Refer to appropriate health care practitioner. Naturopath/Acupuncture
to address lifestyle and diet changes. Chiropractic treatments for
optimal nerve functioning.
of nervous system
Causes: head injuries,
tumors and abscesses, childhood infections, hereditary, food allergies
that affect the motor, sensory, or psychological systems
First Aid for Seizure:
help person lie down if not already (preferably on floor). loosen clothing
and remove sharp objects. Turn person on side so saliva can flow from mouth.
Call for aid if more than 5 minutes long if you know they have epilepsy.
Client may need assistance getting home.
for stress reduction; Craniosacral therapy; Aromatherapy- jasmine, chamomile,
lavender, Ylang Ylang.
Some medications used to treat the seizures may cause blood disorders,
fatigue. Seizures may be caused by other factors such as alkalosis, arteriosclerosis,
stroke, meningitis, high fever. Aromatherapy-avoid camphor, hyssops, fennel,
rosemary, sage, wormwood, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, black pepper. Work with
appropriate health care practitioner.
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fatigue, fibromyalgia caused by Epstein-Barr virus of the herpes virus
family: no one really knows what it is
flu-like symptoms, mood swings, irritability, fever, aching muscles and
for stress and pain reduction
Work with appropriate health care practitioner
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Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction
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