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Chapter: The Massage Connection ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY : Integumentary System

Skin Lesions and Bodyworkers

All bodyworkers must be able to distinguish different lesions on the surface of the skin and to determine whether it is infectious.

SKIN LESIONS AND BODYWORKERS

All bodyworkers must be able to distinguish different lesions on the surface of the skin and to determine whether it is infectious. Many lesions may appear infectious but may not actually be infectious, such as some types of psoriasis, severe acne, or vitiligo. 


Touch therapy may be of great help to those clients who are often isolated from society because of their appear-ance. Areas of skin that ooze fluids or are visibly in-flammed, should be avoided at all times. Although the therapist is not expected to diagnose a condition, it is vital to have enough information about those skin dis-eases already diagnosed by a physician to work with clients with these disorders. Figure 2.11 indicates the appearance of common skin lesions or skin signs. It is important for all bodyworkers to avoid infected, acutely inflamed, or irritable skin lesions.


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