What Is It/

How Is It Recognized/

Is Massage indicated

Condition Name

What Are They?

How Are They Recognized?

or Contraindicated?

Myasthenia

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an

MG causes muscle weakness, of-

Massage may be indicated for

Gravis"

autoimmune disorder in

ten of muscles that control the

MG patients with a doctor's su-

 

which the acetylcholine re-

eyes and mouth, but the limbs

pervision. Medication for this

 

ceptors at neuromuscular

can also be involved. This weak-

condition often compromises

 

junctions of skeletal mus-

ness progresses for several years

the immune system, so take

 

cles are damaged. This lim-

and then reaches a plateau and

care to avoid exposing the cli-

 

its the strength of nerve

stabilizes. Muscles that control

ent to infectious agents.

 

transmissions and causes

breathing and coughing may be-

 

 

the muscles to become

come weak enough to cause res-

 

 

weak.

piratory crises. Skin sensation is

 

 

 

normal but pain may be present

 

 

 

if muscles of the neck and the

 

 

 

head become weak and go into

 

 

 

chronic spasm.

 

 

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