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Oct 15, 2021

A client has a history of two heart attacks and a kidney transplant. There’s no way they can safely receive massage, right?


Maybe not.


Join us for a short exploration of the miracles of kidney transplant surgery, the pathophysiology of heart attacks, and the surprising number of options this massage therapist has to offer safe, effective bodywork to this client.





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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 Articles by Ruth:       


“Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy and Massage Therapy,” Massage & Bodywork magazine, September/October 2021, page 33,


“Pharmacology Basics for Massage Therapists,” Massage & Bodywork magazine, July/August 2021, page 32,    



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



Check out ABMP’s Pocket Pathology:         




The ABMP Podcast Ep 75 – Kidney Donor: “I Have a Client Who …” Pathology Conversations with Ruth Werner (2021) Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. Available at:

“Get Informed.” National Foundation for Transplants (no date). Available at:

“Can You Have a Heart Attack Without Having Any Blocked Arteries?” Cleveland Clinic (2020). Available at:

“Organ Donation and Transplantation Statistics.” National Kidney Foundation (2014). Available at:

Organ transplant trends: “More deceased-donor transplants than ever.” UNOS (no date). Available at:



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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.