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Apr 16, 2021

A client has Marfan syndrome—what does it mean for him? And what does it mean for massage? Listen in as we review what autosomal dominant means, and we enjoy some new vocabulary: dolichostenomelia (abnormally long, thin limbs) and arachnodactyly (spider-digits). We also learn about the potentially life-threatening complications of this genetic disorder.




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Author 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 Article by Ruth:   


Spinal Fusion Surgery: Common, Complicated, Controversial, Massage & Bodywork magazine, March/April 2021, page 34, 


ABMP Pocket Pathology:   




Inna, Prashanth. “Marfan Syndrome (MFS).  (2020). June 18, 2020. 


John Hopkins Medicine. “Marfan Syndrome.” Accessed April 7, 2021. 


Loeys, B. L. et al. “Differential Diagnosis of Marfan Syndrome.” Adapted from “The Revised Ghent Nosology for the Marfan Syndrome.” Journal of Medical Genetics 47 (2010): 476. Accessed April 7, 2021.


The Marfan Foundation. “What is Marfan Syndrome?” Accessed April 6, 2021. 


Autosomal dominant inheritance (image)


About our Sponsor: Anatomy Trains

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.