Medical Conditions and Massage Therapy
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Medical Conditions and Massage Therapy

A Decision Tree Approach

Publication Date: August 24, 2010
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ISBN/ISSN: 9780781769228
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Present this quick, effective method for assessing and managing common medical conditions! The central tool of this text is the decision tree, a simple flowchart that helps students quickly determine the optimal massage therapy approach for specific medical conditions. A Decision Tree is included for each of the more than 50 conditions discussed in the book, with massage considerations listed for numerous additional conditions in brief. Also unique to this text are questions therapists can ask clients during the interview process to help the therapist understand not just the medical condition, but how it presents in a particular client.
--62 Decision Trees, with conditions discussed in full
--140 Conditions in Brief (these appear in a large table at the end of Part II chapters)
--Pressure Scale, described in Chapter 2, helps readers determine appropriate pressure
--Interview Questions: questions for the MT to ask the client about their condition. These are provided both for conditions discussed in full (with Decision Trees) and in brief, along with the massage therapy guidelines for each.
--Massage therapy guidelines, not just for each condition, but for various client presentations of each condition: the same disease/medication affects people differently.
--Massage implications of medical/surgical treatment
--Massage Research in Massage Practice chapter lays the foundation for using the massage research cited throughout the book
--Principles: over-arching principles that inform and guide MTs as they plan a massage session with a client. These appear as small reminders throughout the text (they are fully explained in Chapter 3).
--Therapist's Journal, stories from other professional MTs
--Self-Test questions at end of each chapter (answers are online)
--Boldface terms throughout the text are defined in the Glossary at end of book

ISBN/ISSN: 9780781769228
Product Format: Softbound
Trim Size: 8.5 x 11
Pages: 448
Pub Date: August 24, 2010
Weight: 2.4


  • Chapter 1: The Decision Tree
  • Chapter 2: The Elements of Massage Therapy
  • Chapter 3: Principles of Massage Contraindications
  • Chapter 4: Interviewing, Decision Making, and Charting
  • Chapter 5: Communicating with the Client's Physician
  • Chapter 6: Massage Research in Massage Practice


  • Chapter 7: Skin Conditions
  • Chapter 8: Muscle and Soft Tissue Conditions
  • Chapter 9: Skeletal System Conditions
  • Chapter 10: Nervous System Conditions
  • Chapter 11: Cardiovascular System Conditions
  • Chapter 12: Blood Conditions
  • Chapter 13: Immune and Lymphatic System Conditions
  • Chapter 14: Respiratory System Conditions
  • Chapter 15: Gastrointestinal Conditions
  • Chapter 16: Liver Conditions
  • Chapter 17: Endocrine System Conditions
  • Chapter 18: Urinary System Conditions
  • Chapter 19: Reproductive System Conditions


  • Chapter 20: Cancer
  • Chapter 21: Medical Treatments



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