A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology / Edition 5

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Set a solid foundation with the new edition of LWW’s bestselling pathology text for manual therapists! 

This cornerstone book of the massage curriculum is the most comprehensive, visually appealing, and respected title to cover the pathologies that massage therapists must be familiar with. In the fifth edition, Ruth Werner's A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology  the focus on not only explaining the disease, but also its applicability and indications in massage therapy. 

This text offers detailed information on the etiology, signs, symptoms, and treatment of more than 500 diseases and conditions, and also helps students discover how massage therapy influences the healing process.  Organized by body system, the text features case histories in which people living and coping with many of the disease conditions covered in the text share their stories.

Key Features

·         An enhanced art program, featuring illustrations that capture the reader’s attention and make difficult concepts easier to grasp

·         A new Conditions at a Glance appendix to provide concise information on an additional 34 diseases

·           There’s also a new table at the end of each disease condition summarizing the benefits, risks, and options for massage therapy

·         Case histories share stories of people living with conditions covered in the text to draw a real-world connection between the classroom and the clinic

·         Research literacy appendix addresses the need for evidence-based massage therapy

·         Compare and contrast charts present similar conditions side-by-side to help students discern the differences

This book provides comprehensive, yet concise, information on the etiology, signs, symptoms, and standard treatment approaches for more than 500 diseases and conditions. At the end of each condition, a "Risks, Benefits, Options" table provides guidance on the implications for massage. For this 5th edition, the author has throroughly researched and updated each condition in the text. She has streamlined the information to focus on what is most useful to the massage therapy student, while maintaining the friendly and accessible style that this text is known for. Included with each book is a code for access to a host of games, exercises, quizzes, videos, and animations, all developed or selected by the author.   

The book contains predominantly black-and-white and two-color illustrations, with some color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Rebekah Kalen Dubrosky
This is an excellent pathology textbook for the massage therapy student. It is a wonderful reference for massage therapists working in a traditional healthcare setting. This text presents fundamental information about common pathologies and the appropriateness of massage for each condition. It fills a badly needed hole in the education of massage therapists. The quick reference chart in Appendix 5 is an excellent resource for the practicing therapist. This textbook is meant for students studying massage therapy as well as those therapists already in practice. It contains a system-by-system review of common physiological disorders. It describes the action a massage therapist should take with each disorder. The summary boxes and Appendix 5 are excellent tools for the therapist in practice who is trying to determine a pathology or action to take for a particular pathology. I have not seen another book of this caliber geared for massage therapists. It is well organized and includes an excellent glossary and index. The objectives and the review questions make it a nice study tool.
From The Critics
Following the order of most anatomy or physiology textbooks, this volume presents overviews of body systems and entries on pathologies with information relevant to the work of the practicing massage therapist. Each entry discusses, where applicable, the demographics of the disorder, its etiology and progression, signs and symptoms, and the applicability of massage. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
This book is for students and practitioners of bodywork who need to make decisions quickly and accurately about whether or not massage is appropriate for their clients. Provides a database of information on a variety of diseases and conditions, and discusses how massage may or may not fit into the healing process. Covers the basic physiology of body systems in health, then describes how these processes are interrupted when disease occurs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This concise text presents content of most of the major conditions and illnesses affecting the major body systems. Each of the major chapters is organized similarly and includes chapter objectives, a review of the body system, a list of condition(s) discussed in the chapter, synopsis of the problem highlighted in a box, case studies, compare/contrast boxes, colorful artwork and pictures, indications and contraindication for massage, and review questions. Several excellent appendices cover history taking, hygiene, and medications.
Purpose: The author informs massage practitioners about pathology since they see many clients who are often using massage as part of an integrated health care treatment plan. A thorough education in anatomy and pathology will assist therapists in doing no harm and ensuring the safety of the public.
Audience: This book was written for massage students and practicing therapists and is well suited for both audiences. The authors represent many massage therapy teachers and practitioners in the United States and Canada.
Features: This text is especially student friendly in language and format. The color art and photography is excellent as well as entries called "in brief boxes" that highlight the most important features of the problem. Web resources and a companion CD featuring test questions, Q & A's, an audio glossary make this a derivative book. One issue is the datedness of many references in the chapters.
Assessment: Any pathology book must be updated frequently as science advances and this is no exception. This is an excellent book to begin one's journey of understanding of pathology in massage therapy.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608319107
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 2/29/2012
  • Series: LWW Massage Therapy and Bodywork Educational Series
  • Edition description: Fifth
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 663
  • Sales rank: 119,841
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication v
Preface vii
Acknowledgments ix
Reviewer Acknowledgments xi
How To Use This Book xiii
1 Integumentary System Conditions 1
2 Musculoskeletal System Conditions 43
3 Nervous System Conditions 129
4 Circulatory System Conditions 173
5 Lymph and Immune System Conditions 219
6 Respiratory System Conditions 247
7 Digestive System Conditions 273
8 Urinary System Conditions 307
9 Reproductive System Conditions 323
10 Miscellaneous Conditions 355
Appendix 1 Taking a Client History 373
Appendix 2 Hygienic Methods for Massage Therapists 383
Appendix 3 Endangerments 389
Appendix 4 Chapter Objectives and Chapter Review Answers 401
Appendix 5 Quick Reference Charts 433
Glossary of Terms Illustration 461
Credits 469
Index 475
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