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Ep 405 - Wolfe-Parkinson-White Syndrome, or How to Look Stuff Up:"I Have a Client Who . . ."Pathology Conversations with Ruth Werner

Animated image of the circulation within the aorta.

A client has a rare condition that might impact her ability to receive massage. A brief look shows no special cautions, but a deeper look reveals some important questions to ask.

In this episode of “I Have a Client Who . . .”, Ruth takes listeners along for a treasure hunt for useful information—not just for Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, but for your future use when you have a client with a condition you’ve never heard of.


Pocket Pathology: /abmp-pocket-pathology-app

Ablation for Arrhythmias (no date) Available at: (Accessed: 13 December 2023).

Athletic Screening (no date) 1-to-1 Pediatrics. Available at: (Accessed: 13 December 2023).

Chhabra, L., Goyal, A. and Benham, M.D. (2023) ‘Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome’, in StatPearls. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing. Available at: (Accessed: 13 December 2023).

Massage & Bodywork - NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2020 (no date). Available at: (Accessed: 13 December 2023).

Patient Education: Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (Beyond the Basics). Available at: (Accessed: 13 December, 2023).

Screening in Sport (no date) Physiopedia. Available at: (Accessed: 13 December 2023).

Vagal Maneuvers with Supraventricular Tachycardia (no date) Available at: (Accessed: 13 December 2023).

What Is Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome? (no date) Cleveland Clinic. Available at: (Accessed: 13 December 2023).

‘Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome: Practice Essentials, Background, Pathophysiology’ (2022). Available at: (Accessed: 13 December 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 And more information about her is available at