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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.
Part I: FOUNDATIONS 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 Part II: CONDITIONS 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 Part III: SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS Chapter 20: Cancer Chapter 21: Medical Treatments Glossary Index