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Τετάρτη, 19 Μαρτίου 2014

Clients with Medical Implants

Understanding Some Common Devices

By Ruth Werner
The array of devices that modern medicine can use to improve physical function is amazing to behold. There are now more than 1,700 different types of medical implants and devices, and that list continues to grow. While many are specifically for laboratory or surgical use, this discussion focuses on devices that are temporarily or permanently attached to the body—especially those that require caution during a massage.

Implanted medical devices are not a new phenomenon. All carry some risk related to surgical mishaps, infection, or allergic reactions. In addition, an implant may require some accommodation in a client’s daily activity, which may influence the choices a massage therapist makes. The following is by no means a comprehensive list, but it covers some of the most common implants likely to influence massage therapy sessions.