Anatomy & Pathology for Bodyworkers (01:20)
Certain massage movements can affect specific body systems. When a body is encumbered by disease, disorders or injuries, massage can help.
Skeletal System (09:28)
The skeleton is the foundation of the body and gives it shape. The skeleton produces red blood cells and acts as an anchor for muscles. Bones are classified by shape.
Any break or crack in the bone is considered a fracture. Osteoporosis is a condition where bones have become weak from a lack of calcium and minerals.
Massage Techniques (02:52)
Joint articulation stretches the joint in various directions and will increase a patient’s range of motion. The arm pull is a technique that releases the wrists, elbow, and shoulder joints.
Circulatory System (04:12)
The circulatory system is about flow; learn how it works. Be aware of the effects of using deep, broad pressure during massage. Massage is a powerful vasodilator.
Hypertension is an arterial disease. Chronic high blood pressure is the main reason for hypertension. Circulatory massage can be beneficial for hypertension and to control stress.
Lymphatic System (03:11)
Lymph is a milky body fluid that contains proteins, fats, and blood cells. Lymphocytes are part of the body’s defense against bacteria.
Swollen Glands (06:55)
Fever is an abnormal condition in the body, characterized by a rise in body temperature and a quickened pulse. Edema is a buildup of fluid in the body tissue.
Nervous System (04:51)
The nervous system is divided into two main parts. The central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord. Sensory neurons detect pain.
Parkinson's Disease, Neuropathy, and Headaches (05:57)
A resting tremor is a symptom of Parkinson's syndrome. Strokes are a sudden loss of brain function caused by a ruptured blood vessel in the brain. Head pain is a common ailment.
Muscular System (05:24)
Muscle contractions produce body heat. Muscles are classified as voluntary and involuntary. There are three basic types of muscles: cardiac, smooth, and skeletal.
Ankle, Knee, and Leg (05:44)
Learn the muscle anatomy, main motions, and muscle functions. Conditions to consider are Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, back pain,
Spine and Shoulder (04:10)
The main motions of spinal movement are flexion, extension, side bending, and rotation; learn muscle anatomy. The shoulder consists of two joints; learn anatomy and function.
Elbow and Neck (03:29)
Elbow muscles are the biceps and brachialis; the triceps extend to the elbow. The muscles that move the hand are divided into flexors that move the wrist, fingers, and thumb.
Strain, Sprain, and Trigger Points (05:10)
Strains are muscle injuries and sprains are tendon injuries. The best ways to treat minor injuries are with rest, ice, compression, and elevation.
Lungs, Rib Cage, and Diaphragm (02:20)
The diaphragm is an umbrella shaped muscle. Compressing the rib cage during massage helps the client breathe easier.
Credit: Anatomy and Pathology for Bodyworkers (00:41)
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