Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Neurology Does Not Spell "Good Time"

Tomorrow I have a neurology exam. As of now I can draw the major neurological pathways (aka: plexus...es? plexi?) of the body and name the innervation of almost every single muscle in the body. Even the tiny ones that nobody really cares about. We don't have to learn the ones for the face. I'm not sure really why that distinction is made. I know the innervations for the itty bitty neck muscles, and for the various parts of private anatomy, but the face? Don't need to know it.

Of course, one could argue that I don't need to know any of these at all! I mean really, what are the odds that someone is going to show up in my massage clinic complaining that they can't contract their deltoid to lift the arm? Surely if someone has noticed that they can't lift their arm or contract the muscle at all then they would be talking to their doctor about it, not their massage therapist. And if someone does come to me with that problem, or I happen to notice it during a routine shoulder massage, say, then do I really have to be able to tell them that the problem likely stems from the axillary nerve of the brachial plexus originating from the lower cervical vertebrae? Ah, no. In fact, I'm not qualified to give them any kind of diagnosis so even if that did happen and even if I did know what nerve was affected I would still be forced to say "I'm thinking that their might be something neurologically wrong here and I'm going to recommend that you see your GP about this". So what is the freaking point?

The answer: to pass the provincial board exams.

So off I go to stuff my brain with more muscle-nerve associations so that I can pass the board exams, become an RMT, and forget all about the brachial plexus.

1 comment:

Mum said...

Neurology is THAT MUCH FUN, huh??

Of course, being able to say this: "I'm thinking that their might be something neurologically wrong here and I'm going to recommend that you see your GP about this," is the point. They come to you, thinking that odd dull ache is just a muscle thing, and you can, because you have the training, direct them to get the help they need. That's a good thing!

And also so YOU don't cause further neurological damage and get your little butt sued off... And that is a very good thing!

(Your mother, ever the silver-lining-woman.)