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  • Pathology R for Massage Therapists

    Pathology R for Massage Therapists

    Raynaud’s disease Definition: circulatory disease in the hands and feet with sensitivity to cold Causes: stress, side effect of some drugs, muscle tightness and compression syndromes Signs/Symptoms: fingers deprived of oxygen turn blue or white, damage may occur to nails Indications: Massage for stress reduction and relieve any compressed areas Contraindications: Gangrene may occur in extreme

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  • Pathology S for Massage Therapists

    Pathology S for Massage Therapists

    Scabies Definition: skin infection Causes: parasites; mites Signs/Symptoms: itching, persistent itchy rash, dry scaly skin, highly contagious by skin to skin contact Indications: N/A Contraindications: refer to Physician for diagnosis Sciatica Definition: inflammation of the sciatic nerve Causes: nerve root impingement caused by disc protrusion or herniation, adhesions at the nerve root, fibrosis, degenerative joint disease, piriformis

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  • Pathology T for Massage Therapists

    Pathology T for Massage Therapists

    Tendonitis Definition: inflammation of a tendon or musculotendinous junction Causes: overuse, repetitive stress, improper healing, or tearing from sustained overloading of muscle Signs/Symptoms: pain, persistent pain worse at night, pain referral, pain worse after use, muscle weakness,  inflammation, limited ROM; usually occurs where the tendon attaches to the bone or where the muscle attaches to the tendon

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  • Pathology U, V, W, X, Y, Z for Massage Therapists

    Pathology U, V, W, X, Y, Z for Massage Therapists

    Urinary Incontinence The Pelvic Floor Paradox Leon Chaitow, ND, DO (U.K.) Varicose Veins Definition: abnormally enlarged veins Causes: improper functioning of the valves in the veins, weakened linings of the wall of the vein, injury, trauma, vitamin C deficiency, overweight, lack of exercise, pregnancy Signs/Symptoms: bulging, blue veins, usually in the legs Indications: Massage around vein

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  • Pathology P for Massage Therapists

    Pathology P for Massage Therapists

    Paget’s Disease Definition: disease of bones; bones are replaced with structurally deficient bone deficient in calcium and weaker than normal Causes: unknown; may be viral infection, heredity; often confused with hyperthyroidism, bone cancer;  must be diagnosed with bone scans, CT scans, MRI, urine tests, and bone biopsy Signs/Symptoms: mild to moderate pain, worse with exertion, unexplained

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  • Pathology O for Massage Therapists

    Pathology O for Massage Therapists

    Osgood-Schlatter Disease Definition: inflammation or partial detachment of the tibial tuberosity from the tibia; where patellar ligament inserts on tibia Causes: repetitive trauma, chronic inflammation, from too much jumping, running Signs/Symptoms: pain and swelling in area of tibial tuberosity Indications: Relax quadriceps femoris and treat tibial tuberosity Contraindications: none Osteoporosis Definition: “porous bones”; weakening of bones,

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