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From The CriticsReviewer: Mary Beth Holz, MS, RN, FNP, HNC(Private Practice)
Description: "This outstanding massage therapy guide to pathology serves as a valuable learning tool and reference. This comprehensive book is organized by systems containing updated information for each condition. Each chapter contains objectives, topic content, review questions, and detailed bibliography. Enhancements in this edition include information on 30 additional conditions, a chapter on the endocrine system and section dedicated to mental disorders. "
Purpose: "The book is intended to identify healthy functioning of the human body and facilitate knowledge of how the body works in the presence of disease, so that practitioners may become aware of the influence of their practice on clients. Enhancing massage and bodywork practitioner knowledge of the human system is essential since the public's use of massage for health-related purposes continues to rise. As a result, there is a need for practitioners to be familiar with various health conditions as they relate to the use of massage. The author successfully accomplishes these goals providing information for each condition including demographic, definition, etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, and applicability of massage. "
Audience: This book is intended for massage students as well as advanced practitioners requiring a reference addressing a variety of disorders frequently seen in practice. Web site references have been included for instructor access in order to facilitate educational programs using this book. The author draws from years of practice and teaching experience as well as research and collaboration with other professionals.
Features: "Fequently encountered clinical conditions are included for integumentary, musculoskeletal, nervous, circulatory, lymph and immune, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary and reproductive systems. Material is organized and easy to read. A quick reference chart is included and can be used to determine whether massage is indicated or contraindicated for each condition. "Watch for This" sections highlight conditions that may have similar presenting symptoms. Photographs of skin conditions are significant in quantity and quality. "
Assessment: This book is concise and serves as an easy to use reference of frequently encountered health conditions. Information found in medical pathology texts has been simplified to address the needs of massage therapy and bodywork practitioners. It is not intended to be used for diagnosis of medical conditions. However, it is a superb reference and contribution to a growing practice field.