Ep 399 – Todd’s Paralysis: “I Have a Client Who . . .” Pathology Conversations with Ruth Werner

A man laying on the floor in front of a couch.

A young adult who’s been struggling with epilepsy wakes up after a seizure and is completely paralyzed on their left side. What does this mean? What happens next? And how can we best serve our clients who live with epilepsy? Join host Ruth Werner for those questions and more on this episode of “I Have a Client Who . . .


Pocket Pathology: https://www.abmp.com/abmp-pocket-pathology-app

Ep 113 – Seizures and Action Plans: “I Have a Client Who . . .” Pathology Conversations with Ruth Werner (2021) Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. Available at: https://www.abmp.com/podcasts/ep-113-seizures-and-action-plans-i-have-client-who-pathology-conversations-ruth-werner (Accessed: 12 November 2023).

Todd’s Paralysis (no date) Epilepsy Foundation. Available at: https://www.epilepsy.com/connect/forum-archive/living-epilepsy-adults/todds-paralysis (Accessed: 12 November 2023).

Todd’s Paralysis | National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (no date). Available at: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/health-information/disorders/todds-paralysis (Accessed: 12 November 2023).

‘Todd’s paresis’ (2023) Wikipedia. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Todd%27s_paresis&oldid=1170991936 (Accessed: 12 November 2023).

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Ruth Werner is a former massage therapist, a writer, and an NCBTMB-approved continuing education provider. She wrote A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology, now in its seventh edition, which is used in massage schools worldwide. Werner is also a long-time Massage & Bodywork columnist, most notably of the Pathology Perspectives column. Werner is also ABMP’s partner on Pocket Pathology, a web-based app and quick reference program that puts key information for nearly 200 common pathologies at your fingertips. Werner’s books are available at www.booksofdiscovery.com. And more information about her is available at www.ruthwerner.com.   


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