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Feb 17, 2023

A client reports she has Sprengel’s deformity and was told never to get massage or chiropractic. Nonetheless, she finds that massage is very helpful!

What is Sprengel’s deformity? And what are the questions we need to ask so we can make safe and effective clinical decisions?

Spoiler alert: It’s not as tricky as it sounds, and you’ll find out on this episode of “I Have a Client Who . . .”





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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:


Kafadar, C. et al. (2016) ‘Omovertebral bone associated with Sprengel deformity presented with chronic cervical pain’, The Spine Journal, 16(2), p. e43. Available at:


Köhler, S. et al. (2021) ‘The Human Phenotype Ontology in 2021’, Nucleic Acids Research, 49(D1), pp. D1207–D1217. Available at:


Sprengel’s Deformity - Pediatrics - Orthobullets (no date). Available at: (Accessed: 15 February 2023).


Zarantonello, P. et al. (2021) ‘Surgical Treatment of Sprengel’s Deformity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis’, Children, 8(12), p. 1142. Available at:


Wikimedia, authors Stelzer, John W.; Flores, Miguel A.; Mohammad, Waleed; Esplin, Nathan; Mayl, Jonathan J.; Wasyliw, Christopher

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