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Massage Therapy

Guidelines for Manual Techniques 105

Revealing Pitfalls and Precautions Hidden in Lymph, Immune and Integumentary System Conditions and Their Medications


  • Differentiate the clinical differences between edema, lymphedema, lymphadenitis and lymphangitis, and the different approaches for manual therapy needed for each
  • Compare Fibromyalgia Syndrome with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and discuss the specific manual therapy needs and precautions for these conditions
  • Explain the various types of medication used for HIV/AIDS, and detail which require precautions or are contraindicated for manual therapies
  • Explain Standard/Universal Precautions and discuss the appropriate actions for the manual therapist
  • Describe in clear, concise terms the medical terminology and differences in various skin infections, including bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections, and the significance to the practicing manual therapist
  • Explain the different types of skin traumas, from abrasions to the different stages of burns, together with short and long-term clinical expectations for the manual therapist
  • Differentiate the various types of benign and malignant skin lesions, including the ABCDs for malignant melanoma
  • Detail the differences in anti-infection medications, including the many types of antibiotics, and clarify the side effects of each that are significant to the manual therapist

Bryan Born, DC

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