ABMP Pocket Pathology App for Massage Therapists & Bodyworkers

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ABMP Pocket Pathology, a quick-reference app exclusively for massage therapists and bodyworkers, is now available as part of ABMP professional memberships. ABMP members, access the app through your account.

Not an ABMP member?Try a demo version of the app here, or become an ABMP member for full access.

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Developed in partnership with Ruth Werner, author of A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology, and Books of Discovery, ABMP Pocket Pathology is a quick-reference program that puts key information for nearly 200 common pathologies at your fingertips. ABMP Pocket Pathology lets you go into your sessions armed with the knowledge necessary to make the best treatment decisions for your clients, and it’s easy to use, whether you’re accessing it from your phone or laptop.

“This pocket Pathology guide is a godsend and even better, it relates immediately to massage with guidance on how to adjust my sessions for the safety and comfort of my clients! Thank you so much!” 
—Samantha, ABMP member 

Whether you’re in a private practice, small clinic, day spa, or massage franchise, this web-based app from ABMP can give you the information you need to make the most appropriate treatment decisions for your clients who live with health challenges.


How Can I Use ABMP Pocket Pathology?

Try a demo version to see the information included on the "Diabetes Mellitus" page.

Did your client’s health intake interview just reveal she’s been diagnosed with diabetes and now you need a speedy review on the condition? Go to your ABMP Pocket Pathology app and type in “diabetes” to get the primary information you need to make best-practice decisions about whether your touch will be beneficial to this client right now.

Quick, bullet-pointed information lets you assess how to adapt your work to accommodate clients and their various conditions. No more guessing in the treatment room. This resource gives you the confidence you need to make best-practice decisions for every client.

Have more time and want a deeper dive into information about the pathology you’re seeking? Check out the “Research and Resources” section to read articles, watch webinars, or investigate the latest research on the subject.

Included With ABMP Membership

ABMP Pocket Pathology is yet another reason that an ABMP membership is the best value in the profession. Join ABMP today to access ABMP Pocket Pathology, as well as the following benefits our members love:

  • ABMP Five-Minute Muscles, our other dynamic web app that provides origin/insertion/actions at your fingertips, plus helpful palpation and technique videos—for 83 muscles—from master massage therapist Clint Chandler.
  • Free CE for more than 200 video-based courses in the ABMP Education Center.
  • Professional liability insurance that sets the standard in the profession and features individual coverage limits, not a shared aggregate like AMTA.
  • 50+ member discounts, the award-winning Massage & Bodywork magazine, dedicated legislative advocacy, and more.

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“Wow! First 5-Minute Muscles, a huge CE library, and now a pathology app...?! You continue to amaze me and make me a better therapist. This is just what I needed. Thank you so much! You really get me  ;-)”
—Lisa, ABMP member

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