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Massage Therapy

Guidelines for Manual Techniques 106

Revealing Pitfalls and Precautions Hidden in Nervous System Conditions and Their Medication


  • Describe in clear, concise terms the medical terminology and differences in the various types of headaches, and the significance to the practicing manual therapist
  • Differentiate the clinical differences in eight classifications of depression, including SAD, PMDD, Bipolar, Atypical, etc.), and the different approaches for manual therapy needed for each
  • Compare two cranial nerve conditions significant to the practicing therapist (Trigeminal Neuralgia and Bell's Palsy), and discuss the specific manual therapy needs and precautions for these conditions
  • Differentiate the clinical differences between spinal cord injuries and CNS conditions including TBI, AD and MID, and the different approaches for manual therapy needed for each
  • Discuss the clinical concerns for manual therapies peripheral neuropathy and reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (CRPS), and outline a systematic approach to determine appropriate treatment plans
  • Explain the various types of medication used for depression, (including TCAs, MAO inhibitors, SSRI's, etc), and detail which require precautions for heat therapies and/or stretching techniques
  • Detail the differences in anti-Parkinson's medications, and clarify the side effects of each that are significant to the manual therapist
  • Outline the pharmaceutical classes that are commonly used to treat glaucoma, with special emphasis on significant side effects and contraindications for manual therapies

Bryan Born, DC

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