Pathology for Massage Therapists
Definition: a mass
of new abnormal tissue; usually a malignant tumor
Causes: see cancer
or thickening of tissue
for stress reduction and elimination of toxins
Avoid direct pressure on area or use caution with clients and physicians
ok. Refer to appropriate health care practitioner for treatment.
of the kidney
Causes: damage from
exposure to chemicals, poisons, toxins, bacterial or viral infection, chronic
diseases such as diabetes or lupus
chills, back pain, abdominal pain, fluid retention
to remove toxins, increase circulation
Watch for drug interactions; Refer to appropriate health care practitioner.
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
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.
Refer for diagnostic procedures if persistent and unrelievable
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
inflammation of the internal nerve structure the axon and myelin
Causes: trauma, injury,
referred pain, redness along nerve, burning pain, paresthesia and pain
when stretched, paralysis possible in parenchymatous, muscle spasm
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
Refer for diagnostic procedures if persistent and unrelievable; Acute neuritis
is contraindicated for massage, no stretching.
Causes: stress, eyestrain,
to see well in faint light or darkness
for stress reduction; Eye exercises
Refer to Bates Vision specialist
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