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Book: Medical Conditions and Massage Therapy

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This book features a quick and 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.


  • 62 Decision Trees, with conditions discussed in full
  • 140 Conditions in Brief (these appear in a large table at the end of Part II chapters)
  • Pressure Scale, described in Chapter 2, helps readers determine appropriate pressure.
  • Interview Questions: Questions for the MT to ask the client about their condition. These are provided both for conditions discussed in full (with Decision Trees) and in brief, along with the massage therapy guidelines for each.
  • Massage therapy guidelines, not just for each condition, but for various client presentations of each condition: the same disease/medication affects people differently.
  • Massage implications of medical/surgical treatment.
  • Massage Research in Massage Practice chapter lays the foundation for using the massage research cited throughout the book.
  • Principles: over-arching principles that inform and guide MTs as they plan a massage session with a client. These appear as small reminders throughout the text (they are fully explained in Chapter 3).
  • Therapist's Journal, stories from other professional MTs.
  • Self-Test questions at end of each chapter (answers are online).
  • Boldface terms throughout the text are defined in the Glossary at end of book.

By Tracy Walton.   

Softbound, 448 pages.  Publication date 2010.

  • Hazmat: None
  • HCPCS*: None
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