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Jun 25, 2021

Listen for an exploration of an extraordinarily complex autoimmune disorder with elements of lupus, scleroderma, and muscle inflammation. Includes short tangents on the etymology of the term pathognomonic and CREST syndrome (no, not the toothpaste.) Can massage help? Or is it off the table?




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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 And more information about her is available at             


Recent Article by Ruth:    


Critical Thinking, Massage & Bodywork magazine, May/June 2021, page 54,     


Check out ABMP’s Pocket Pathology:            


Resources: “Dermatomyositis.” Accessed June 3, 2021. (Accessed: 3 June 2021).


Myositis Support & Understanding. “Scleroderma.” Myositis Support and Understanding. Accessed June 3, 2021. 


National Organization for Rare Disorders. “Dermatomyositis.” Accessed June 3, 2021. 


Ricceri, Federica and Francesca Prignano. “Gottron Papules: A Pathognomonic Sign of Dermatomyositis.Canadian Medical Association Journal 185, no. 2 (2013): 148. 


Schwartz, Noa et al. “Lymphatic Function in Autoimmune Diseases.Frontiers in Immunology 10 (March 20, 2019). 


The Myositis Association. “Diagnostic Criteria for Dermatomyositis.” Accessed June 4, 2021. 


VisualDx. “Dermatomyositis.” Accessed June 3, 2021. 


Gottron’s papules


Anatomy Trains is a global leader in online anatomy education and also provides in-classroom certification programs for structural integration in the US, Canada, Australia, Europe, Japan, and China, as well as fresh-tissue cadaver dissection labs and weekend courses. The work of Anatomy Trains originated with founder Tom Myers, who mapped the human body into 13 myofascial meridians in his original book, currently in its fourth edition and translated into 12 languages. The principles of Anatomy Trains are used by osteopaths, physical therapists, bodyworkers, massage therapists, personal trainers, yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, and other body-minded manual therapists and movement professionals. Anatomy Trains inspires these practitioners to work with holistic anatomy in treating system-wide patterns to provide improved client outcomes in terms of structure and function.