Explorations in the Theory and Practice 
of Massage Therapy and Bodywork 

Home ] Buy Books ] Business ] Marketing ] Building Your Web Presence ] Insurance Billing ] Ethics ] Pathology ] Deep Tissue ] Aromatherapy Massage ] Swedish Massage ] Pregnancy Massage ] Hydrotherapy ] Professional Associations ] Laws and Regulations ] History of Massage ] Triggerpoint Therapy ] Sports Massage ] Psychology ] Mentoring ] Self Care ] Supervision ] Peer Groups ] Massage Techniques ] Anatomy and Kinesiology ] Meridians ] Clinical Massage ] Finding  Massage Therapists ] Site Search ] Site Map ] Purchase Manuals ] About this Site ] Free Newsletter ] Contact ]

Get Engaged! Participate in your profession!
 Bulletin Board     Newsletter      Blog   


Pathology for Massage Therapists


Definition: a mass of new abnormal tissue; usually a malignant tumor
Causes: see cancer
Signs/Symptoms: lump or thickening of tissue
Indications: Massage for stress reduction and elimination of toxins
Contraindications: Avoid direct pressure on area or use caution with clients and physicians ok. Refer to appropriate health care practitioner for treatment.

Definition: inflammation of the kidney
Causes: damage from exposure to chemicals, poisons, toxins, bacterial or viral infection, chronic diseases such as diabetes or lupus
Signs/Symptoms: fever, chills, back pain, abdominal pain, fluid retention
Indications: Massage to remove toxins, increase circulation
Contraindications: Watch for drug interactions; Refer to appropriate health care practitioner.

Definition: nerve pain along the path of a peripheral sensory nerve without inflammation
Causes: trauma, injury, stress, nerve impingement or pressure on a nerve due to poor circulation, muscle spasm, arthritis, or poorly healed fracture
Signs/Symptoms: shooting and throbbing pain, tingling, numbness, paresthesia, no signs of inflammation, cold extremities due to reduction in circulation, peripheral nerve impingement, radiating pain following dermatomes, muscle spasms, weakness
Common types: Trigeminal neuralgia, thoracic outlet syndrome, intercostal neuralgia, Bell's Palsy
Indications: Massage to relieve pain and stress; traction to relieve pressure on nerve; realignment as needed throughout body.
Contraindications: Refer for diagnostic procedures if persistent and unrelievable

Definition: inflammation of a nerve
Interstitial Neuritis: inflammation of the connective tissue of the nerve trunk characterized by dull, aching pain that follows the path of the nerve
Parenchymatous neuritis: inflammation of the internal nerve structure the axon and myelin
Causes: trauma, injury, stress, infection
Signs/Symptoms: pain, referred pain, redness along nerve, burning pain, paresthesia and pain when stretched, paralysis possible in parenchymatous, muscle spasm
Indications: Massage for stress reduction and pain relief; ice/heat as per stage of symptoms. Reduce inflammation. Relieve impingement.
Common types: Brachial plexus, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, trigeminal neuritis, ulnar neuritis
Contraindications: Refer for diagnostic procedures if persistent and unrelievable; Acute neuritis is contraindicated for massage, no stretching.

Definition: night blindness
Causes: stress, eyestrain, nutritional deficiencies
Signs/Symptoms: unable to see well in faint light or darkness
Indications: Massage for stress reduction; Eye exercises
Contraindications: Refer to Bates Vision specialist

Home ] Resources ] Pathology - A ] Pathology - B ] Pathology- C ] Pathology- D ] Pathology - E ] Pathology - F ] Pathology-G ] Pathology - H ] Pathology - I ] Pathology - J ] Pathology - K ] Pathology - L ] Pathology - M ] [ Pathology - N ] Pathology - O ] Pathology - P ] Pathology - R ] Pathology - S ] Pathology - T ] Pathology - U, V, W, X, Y, Z ]




© 1999-2005 www.thebodyworker.com (copyright info and disclaimer)Link Exchange
Visit my other sites: www.themassage-directory.com  www.massagetherapycareers.com       www.massagepracticebuilder.com

About Me                Contact Me