Pathology for Massage Therapists
Definition: Not a
disorder but a symptom: accompanies many diseases : hypoglycemia, diabetes,
cancer, allergies, candida, anemia, poor circulation, chronic fatigue,
thyroid malfunction. May be mental/emotional or physical.
from boredom or depression, poor diet with sugar, caffeine products, dehydration,
of energy, unable to get out of bed, foggy headed, muscle tightness, insomnia,
for stress reduction, detoxification, increase circulation, release tight
muscles that may be robbing the body of energy. Reconnects person
with their physical body. Teach client to pay attention to their body and
what they need to take care of themselves.
Refer to appropriate health care practitioner, especially if symptoms persist
and do not seem to be directly related to lack of sleep. Naturopath/Acupuncturist
to help with lifestyle changes and nutritional support.
Definition: Not a
disease but a symptom of many diseases, elevation in body temperature to
rid the body of harmful microbes
Causes: viral, bacterial,
diabetes, hepatitis, lyme disease, mononucleosis, chronic fatigue
body temperature is 98 degrees to 99. Above 102 in adults and
103 in children need attention; shivering and chills, sweating, capillary
Working on a person with a fever may help rid the body of the toxins and
help relieve it or Make It Worse. Proceed at your own risk.
Refer to Physician if persistent or extremely high. Fever may be
necessary to rid the body of organisms, so stopping this action with aspirin
or ibuprofen may not be necessary. Refer to Naturopath/Acupuncturist
for immune support.
irregular twitching of individual muscle fibers, cells or groups of muscle
fibers that inhibit effective action of that muscle
Causes: stress, allergy,
fatigue, poor diet
to relieve contraction
Refer to Physician if it becomes worse.
growths that can be found on the uterus, cervix, breasts and other areas
of the body
Causes: may be estrogen
related, thyroid dysfunction, caffeine intake, high fat diets
lumps, may be painful, increased menstrual bleeding, may block fallopian
tubes and cause infertility, anemia may result from excessive bleeding.
for stress relief. There is controversy over working the psoas with this
condition. I believe it can assist in restoring balance to the pelvic area.
Some say deep work is contraindicated. Proceed with caution.
Watch for changes; Refer to rule out cancer. Refer to appropriate health
care practitioner, Naturopath/Acupuncturist.
Also known as or confused
with Fibrositis, Fibromyositis, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Epstein-Barr
Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Candida Infections
tissue disorder; group of symptoms
but may be related to sleep disorder, stress, overexertion, poor diet,
lack of exercise, immune system dysfunction, mercury poisoning, Epstein-Barr,
candida albicans, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue
pairs of tenderpoints, painful muscles usually of the neck, shoulders,
lower back, upper chest, TMJ; Also headaches, irritable bowel syndrome,
anxiety, palpitations, memory impairment, skin sensitivities, dizziness,
sensitivity to light, sensitivity to heat and cold, lack of concentration.
for stress reduction, removal of toxins, tenderpoint relief, break up adhesions.
Do not use anything that will add to inflammation such as heat; Often over
sensitive to touch. Refer to Naturopath and Acupuncturist for treatment.
Diet and Lifestyle changes necessary.
Fibromyalgia Research Association - Picture of tenderpoint locations
of fibrous connective tissue in locations where it usually doesn't exist,
such as in skeletal and cardiac muscle
Causes: injury, death
of cells, restricting movement of muscle as in setting a fractured bone.
hardening of tissue
to break up adhesions and restore mobility
of hair follicle
Causes: skin problem,
and swelling around hair follicle
to increase circulation and remove toxins
Avoid direct contact with inflamed area. May need to be referred to physician
for removal of hair if does not resolve itself
or crack in a bone
Causes: injury ,
trauma, stress, brittle bones
and tenderness, swelling, bruising, bone may be completely broken or just
above site to reduce edema, and below to improve circulation. Work directly
on site after bones unified completely. Soft tissue injury may be in surrounding
Do Not work directly on the break.
of the skin, mucous membranes with fungi such as candida and tinea
depressed immune system, oral contraceptives, overweight, sugary diet
itchy patches of skin; can be under the nails and cause yellowing and swelling
of nail bed; ringworm small red spots that grows and gives a ring-like
Do not use oil or lotion to keep area dry. Massage for stress reduction
and detoxification. Tea tree oil may be applied directly or in oil
or lotion for anti fungal treatment. Clean sheets with bleach. Avoid
direct contact with area especially if you are feeling run down.
You may want to avoid direct contact with the area until it is diagnosed.
Refer to Naturopath/Acupuncturist for immune system building.
Definition: pus filled
cavity formed by infection of hair follicle
to increase circulation and removal of toxins
Avoid direct contact with infected area