Public Health Part 1: Immune System, Herpes, HIV/AIDs, Hepatitis

presented by Ruth Werner

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This course, with Ruth Werner, is the first in a two-part series covering vital public health considerations for massage therapists. Massage therapists are public health providers, and it is our responsibility to stay up to speed on information about contagious diseases. This course provides a review of immune system function and the definition, demographics, etiology, signs and symptoms, treatment options, and the role of massage for herpes simplex virus, HIV and AIDS, and viral Hepatitis.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Ruth Werner, BCTMB

    Ruth Werner, BCTMB

    Ruth Werner is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB), and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, the International Fascia Research Society, and the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. She has written numerous articles for massage trade journals and several books on subjects ranging from ethics to pharmacology. Ruth Werner is the author of the textbook, A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology, and writes a column for Massage and Bodywork Magazine called Pathology Perspectives.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Immune System Review

    1. Immune System Review

    In the first chapter of this course, Ruth Werner delineates specific and nonspecific immune responses, with a focus on specific immunity. Following this chapter, the learner will be able to describe the progress of a typical viral infection, along with the following pathogens: viruses, bacteria, fungi, and prions.

  2. Herpes Simplex

    2. Herpes Simplex

    In this chapter, the participant will describe the differences and similarities between HSV-1 and HSV-2 and follow the path between exposure and symptoms of HSV infection. Instructor Ruth Werner identifies seven types of HSV infection and their major signs and symptoms. She also describes typical HSV treatment regimens.

  3. HIV/AIDs

    3. HIV/AIDs

    There are several benefits of masage when working with a client that is HIV+. In this chapter, the participant will be able to identify those benefits, and explain the differences between HIV and AIDs. The participant will follow the path between exposure and symptoms of HIV infection. They will study the list of possible complications of HIV infection and how they come about. The chapter concludes with an introduction to typical HIV treatment regimes.

  4. Viral Hepatitis

    4. Viral Hepatitis

    In this chapter, Ruth Werner describes hepatitis and lists the most common varieties found in the U.S. The participant will describe the four basic phases of hepatitis, with associated signs and symptoms. The participant will also explore the severity of symptoms, epidemiology, communicability mechanisms, and long-term consequences of HVA, HVB, and HVC. Finally, the participant will learn typical viral hepatitis treatment regimes, including vaccination options.