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Pathology Class Descriptions

Pathology classes can be custom-built for your group, or you can choose from any of the following pre-set classes:

PATHOLOGY CLASSES (3 OR 4 HOURS)

 

 

MASSAGE THERAPY AND PATHOLOGY: CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONS

Almost 40% of all Americans die of some form of heart disease. Because massage influences fluid flow and fluid management capacity, it is important for massage therapists to understand the mechanisms of these diseases. This class covers the definition, demographics, etiology, signs and symptoms, treatment options, current research, and role of massage for the following: hypertension, atherosclerosis, heart attack, heart failure, thrombophlebitis, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism.

 

MASSAGE THERAPY AND PATHOLOGY: Herpes and hep and flu, oh my!!

Massage therapists work more closely with their clients than almost any other health care professional, and that can create some risks for communicable diseases. Come learn about the latest research and guidelines for bodywork in the context of clients who may have contagious conditions. Updates on HIV/AIDS, hepatitis A, B, and C, tuberculosis, flu, MRSA infections and other conditions will be explored in the context of how bodywork can influence these processes.  In addition, Zika and other emerging diseases will be discussed. Arm yourself with the best protection: information!

 

MASSAGE THERAPY AND PATHOLOGY: FIBROMYALGIA AND THE “INVISIBLE DISEASES”

Fibromyalgia is the second most common diagnosis of musculoskeletal pain, but its etiology remains elusive. Further, it overlaps several other conditions, leading to confusing signs and contradictory treatment options. This class covers the definition, demographics, etiology, signs and symptoms, treatment options, current research, and role of massage for the following: fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, and others as time permits.

 

MASSAGE THERAPY AND PATHOLOGY: GENDER-BASED ISSUES

Many massage therapists were short-changed in their education about the reproductive system and associated disorders, but these are common conditions that affect our clients’ quality of life. This class covers the definition, demographics, etiology, signs and symptoms, treatment options, current research, and role of massage for the following: prostate enlargement, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, dysmenorrhea, endometriosis, perimenopause, and others as time permits.

 

Touching the Mind: mental and mood disorders for massage therapists

The research about the positive effects of massage for mood disorders is strong and consistent, and it is our responsibility to deliver the safest, and most compassionate, and most effective massage therapy our clients can ask for.

This class addresses some of the most common mental health and mood disorders seen in our culture today.

In addition to reviewing some of the pathophysiology and contributing factors to mental health and mood-related conditions, we will discuss common conventional treatment options, and what we know about how massage therapy can have the most positive impact for clients who live with these challenges.

In alignment with the newest edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), this class will examine various types of depressionbipolar disease, anxiety disordersPTSDobsessive-compulsive disorder, and others as time allows.

Don’t miss this chance to learn more about the conditions that affect your clients’ lives: you’ll be a better therapist for it!

 

MASSAGE THERAPY AND PATHOLOGY: COMMON AND CONTAGIOUS SKIN DISORDERS

Massage therapists work so closely with the skin that it is vital to be well-informed about common and contagious skin problems. This class covers the definition, demographics, etiology, signs and symptoms, treatment options, current research, and role of massage for the following: herpes simplex, fungal infections (ringworm), staph infections, psoriasis, dermatitis/eczema, and skin cancer.