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Nov 17, 2023

A young adult who’s been struggling with epilepsy wakes up after a seizure and is completely paralyzed on their left side. What does this mean? What happens next? And how can we best serve our clients who live with epilepsy? Join host Ruth Werner for those questions and more on this episode of “I Have a Client Who . . .”




Books of Discovery:  


Host Bio:        


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:       


“Working with Invisible Pain,” Massage & Bodywork magazine, November/December 2022, page 36,

“Unpacking the Long Haul,” Massage & Bodywork magazine, January/February 2022, page 35,

“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,    






Pocket Pathology:


Ep 113 – Seizures and Action Plans: “I Have a Client Who . . .” Pathology Conversations with Ruth Werner (2021) Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. Available at: (Accessed: 12 November 2023).


Todd’s Paralysis (no date) Epilepsy Foundation. Available at: (Accessed: 12 November 2023).


Todd’s Paralysis | National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (no date). Available at: (Accessed: 12 November 2023).


‘Todd’s paresis’ (2023) Wikipedia. Available at: (Accessed: 12 November 2023).