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Pathology for Massage Therapists

Definition: highly contagious skin infection
Causes: bacterial
Signs/Symptoms: reddish discoloration of skin developing into vesicles with a yellow crust; usually found in children
Indications: Massage to increase circulation and detoxification for healing.
Contraindications: Avoid contact with immediate area. Refer to Physician for treatment.

Definition: "the flu"; infection of the upper respiratory tract
Causes: viral; 200 or more different viruses.
Signs/Symptoms: headache, fever, fatigue, body aches, chills, dry throat, cough, nausea, vomiting,
Indications: Light massage may assist in healing; May make it worse too.
Contraindications: Refer to appropriate health care practitioner for immune support at first sign of sickness to speed up recovery time.  If caught early enough, the effects can be reduced.

Definition: habitual sleeplessness
Causes: stress, grief, caffeine consumption, sugar consumption, anxiety, muscle tension, drug reaction (antidepressants, antihistamines, thyroid replacements), hypoglycemia, lack of calcium and magnesium, poor nutrition, other diseases of the endocrine, digestive system
Signs/Symptoms: tossing and turning, waking up in middle of night unable to fall asleep again.
Indications: Massage to reduce tension, relax, stress reduction
Contraindications: Refer to appropriate health care practitioner for treatment.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Definition: digestive disorder; muscular contractions of digestive tract become irregular and uncoordinated; digestion and elimination are impaired.
Causes: viral or bacterial, stress, poor diet, overuse of antibiotics, antacids, laxatives
Signs/Symptoms: abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, vomiting
Indications: Massage for stress reduction, peristalsis if needed.
Contraindications: Refer to appropriate health care practitioner for treatment.


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