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Oct 23, 2020

Two clients. Two left legs that are swollen and hot. Two surprising outcomes. We explore deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and venous thromboembolism, and even take a quick peek at aortic aneurysm. Lots of long words in this one, and lots of opinions from me.




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Shoemaker, J. K., Tiidus, P. M., and Mader, R. (1997). “Failure of Manual Massage to Alter Limb Blood Flow: Measures by Doppler Ultrasound.Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 29, no. 5, 610–14. 


Werner, Ruth. “‘Low Risk’ Does Not Equal ‘No Risk’”: An Overview of Reports of Adverse Events.” Massage & Bodywork magazine, May/June 2020.


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