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Pharmacology Class Descriptions

PATHOLOGY AND MASSAGE: INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACOLOGY (4 HOURS)

It is safe to suggest that all massage therapists have clients who use medication on a regular basis. It is also safe to say that many massage therapists have little information on how those medications work, and how massage might affect their function. This introductory pharmacology class addresses basic principles of drug mechanisms, possible side effects and adverse reactions, and how massage can be adjusted to meet those concerns. Special focus is given to analgesics, anti-inflammatories, cardiovascular disease medication, and diabetes management drugs.

FOUR-PART SERIES: PATHOLOGY, PHARMACOLOGY, AND MASSAGE: MAJOR GROUPS OF DRUGS, THEIR MECHANISMS, AND THEIR IMPACT FOR MASSAGE (16 HOURS)

PART 1: INTRODUCTION, ENDOCRINE DISORDERS
  • Pathologies/Conditions: diabetes, hypothyroidism, perimenopause
  • Medications: glucose management and insulin, thyroid supplements, hormone replacement therapies
PART 2: INFECTION, INFLAMMATION, AND PAIN
  • Pathologies: bacterial and viral infections (strep throat, MRSA, herpes, shingles, cold, flu), orthopedic injuries, headaches, autoimmune diseases
  • Medications: Analgesics, anti-inflammatories, anti-virals, antibiotics, immune suppressants
PART 3: PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS
  • Pathologies: Depression, anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, eating disorders, ADHD
  • Medications: antidepressants, anxiolytics, ADHD drugs, sleep aids
PART 4: CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
  • Pathologies: DVT, pulmonary embolism, hypertension, heart attack, heart failure, stroke
  • Medications: Antilipemics, thrombolytics/anticoagulants, anti-hypertensives, diuretics