Every massage therapy student has a list of courses they must complete before graduation, licensing and certification. Amongst those are anatomy and physiology, and pathology. Both of these courses work together to further a student’s understanding of the body and how it works.
Specifically, pathology teaches students how disease processes work through-out the body, and how the body reacts. This can be a challenging course, and anatomy should be taken prior in order to understand everything fully.
According to Texas University, “Pathology is the study of the pathophysiology of abnormal structural and function organ system changes that develop during the course of various disease processes. Pathology provides a basis for understanding how and why people get sick. The discipline of pathology is the linchpin that all the bridges of basic biomedical sciences,” such as biochemistry, gross and microanatomy, cell and molecular biology, microbiology, physiology and pharmacology.
Usually the above mentioned classes are not necessary for massage therapist, unlike anatomy and pathology. The course is necessary in order to understand diseases of muscles, tendons and joints and how they can effect clients. It is useful to know so you can utilize specific techniques when massaging these clients as well.
Pathology is one of the courses within our 600-Hr massage therapy program. Find more information about the massage therapist certification program.