Ep 88 – Lots o’ Clots, Part 1: “I Have a Client Who . . .” Pathology Conversations with Ruth Werner

Red and white blood cells forming a clot inside an artery

A client with a complicated health history (including cancer and newly adjusted chemotherapy) has a medical emergency: deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary emboli. Now she wants massage. There’s a lot to balance in this decision, which is not as clear-cut as it seems. In this episode, we consider some of the variables about massage for a person with this medical history and find a way to get to a good conclusion.

Resources:

“Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)” Cleveland Clinic. Last modified July 18, 2019. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16911-deep-vein-thrombosis-dvt.

Oppelt, P., A. Betbadal, and L. Nayak. “Approach to Chemotherapy-Associated Thrombosis.” Vascular Medicine 20, no. 2, 153–61. https://doi.org/10.1177/1358863X14568705.

Williamson, Laura. “After Years of Decline, Death Rate from Lung Clots on the Rise.” August 17, 2020. www.heart.org/en/news/2020/08/17/after-years-of-decline-death-rate-from-lung-clots-on-the-rise.

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Ruth Werner, author of A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology
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Author Bio: 

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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