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Effects of Hydrotherapy

Having completed this lesson, you will be able to: Define the term homeostasis. Describe one factor that influences the degree to which the body is affected by a hot or cold application (e.g., the greater the temperature difference between the body and the hydrotherapy application the greater the physiological effect on the body, the length …

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Fascia

Fascia has more ground substance than other forms of connective tissue, which causes it to move between a sol and gel state easily when manipulated by massage techniques. The superficial layer of fascia is often compared to a knit sweater that wraps the entire body to explain how fascia links all body regions together. Tension …

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Benefits of Hydrotherapy

Having completed this lesson, you will be able to: List two general uses or goals for hot or cold methods (e.g., increase the benefits and effects of massage, support relaxation, client enjoyment of sessions, and therapeutic benefits in addition to massage, etc.). Hydrotherapy applications support many of the benefits and effects of massage and can …

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Connective Tissue

Connective tissue is widely distributed throughout the body and in various forms creates the body’s supportive network. Types of connective tissue include fascia, bone, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, joint capsules, the periosteum of bones, blood, and adipose tissue. This section focuses on fascia, the type of connective tissue that plays many important functions in the body …

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Introduction to Hydrotherapy

Having completed this lesson, you will be able to: Define the term hydrotherapy. List two characteristics of water that make it useful as a therapeutic modality (e.g., stores and transmits heat, good conductor, changes states over a narrow temperature range, effective cooling agent, etc.). The term hydrotherapy originates in two Greek words, hydro, meaning water, …

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Muscle

You already know a great deal about muscle structure and function from anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology classes. Important here is the basic structure of skeletal muscles. In skeletal muscles, thousands of long, cylinder-shaped fibers called myofibers (muscle fibers) lie parallel to one another. Myofibers are made up of very fine fibers called myofibrils that run …

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The Massage Profession

People generally seek massage in environments where they feel comfortable, and thus therapists choose to work in environments that attract their preferred types of clients. The job market for massage therapists is expanding as the public increasingly understands massage and values its benefits. Massage is now offered in a variety of locations ranging from private …

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