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Nov 12, 2021

After a lifetime of chronic coughing and throat-clearing, a client is diagnosed with congenital glottic stenosis, and is hoping to have surgery to correct it. Is there a role for massage therapy in this process?

This turns out to be a very relevant question for this moment, as acquired glottic stenosis is a fairly frequent complication of being on a ventilator.

Listen in for more about this unique problem with the larynx, and to hear where and how massage therapy might be helpful.




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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,      



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Image of mouth and pharynx


Anastasiadou, S. and Yaghchi, C.A. (2021) Glottic Stenosis, StatPearls [Internet]. StatPearls Publishing. Available at: (Accessed: 29 October 2021).


‘Glottic Stenosis: Practice Essentials, History of the Procedure, Problem’ (2021). Available at: (Accessed: 29 October 2021).


Glottis - an overview | ScienceDirect Topics (no date). Available at: (Accessed: 29 October 2021).


‘Idiopathic Subglottic Stenosis’ (no date) NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders). Available at: (Accessed: 29 October 2021).


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