Ep 93 – A Failure to Communicate About a Failure of the Liver: “I Have a Client Who . . .” Pathology Conversations with Ruth Werner

Computer graphic of a liver that is glitchy and distorted

A client didn’t share an important piece of information—and the therapist didn’t ask. The result: a serious situation that massage could have made much worse. In this episode, we talk about a surprising relationship between bariatric surgery and liver failure—and about the need to ask open-ended, inviting questions that will help us get a clear and full understanding of our clients’ health challenges.

Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Chronic Liver Disease and Cirrhosis.” Last modified March 1, 2021. www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/liver-disease.htm.

Eilenberg, M., Langer et al. “Significant Liver-Related Morbidity After Bariatric Surgery and Its Reversal—A Case Series.” Obesity Surgery 28, no. 3: 812–19. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11695-017-2925-x.

Keleidari, B. et al. “Hepatic Failure After Bariatric Surgery: A Systematic Review.” Hepatitis Monthly 19, no. 1. https://doi.org/10.5812/hepatmon.86078.

Novak, Kristine. “Is Bariatric Surgery the Best Treatment for NAFLD?” April 23, 2019. https://journalsblog.gastro.org/is-bariatric-surgery-the-best-treatment-for-nafld.

Werner, Ruth. “Demystifying Obesity: Looking Beyond the Scale, Part 1.” Massage & Bodywork magazine (July/August 2018): 40. www.massageandbodyworkdigital.com/i/992435-july-august-2018/42.

Werner, Ruth and Lisa Santoro. “Demystifying Obesity: Looking Beyond the Scale, Part 2.” Massage & Bodywork magazine (September/October 2018): 42. www.massageandbodyworkdigital.com/i/1013756-september-october-2018/44.

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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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