mblex study guide



mblex study guide


Sample MT Questions -


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41.     Of what value is knowledge of anatomy and physiology in the profession of massage therapy?

It gives you an overall understanding of the theory behind what you are practicing.

42.     Name at least two functions of the circulatory system.

Carries oxygen to cells of the body, and removes waste products from cells of the body.

43.     What regulates the beat of the heart?

          The nervous system.

44.     What is the difference between blood and plasma?

Plasma is the thin yellow liquid portion of the blood, whereas blood contains the red blood cells, etc. as well as the plasma.

45.     What are erythrocytes and their function?

Erythrocytes are red blood cells, and their function is to carry oxygen and carbon dioxide.

46.     Compare arteries and veins.

Arteries carry blood away from the heart – not all arteries carry oxygenated blood (pulmonary arteries).  Veins are much thinner than arteries and they carry blood to the heart, pulmonary veins carry oxygenated blood to the heart from the lungs.

47.     What is another word used for applying tapotement?      


48.     Why should the massage therapist avoid hacking transversely across muscle?

Transverse hacking should not cause any damage if applied correctly. 

49.     How do we govern the amount of pressure used in applying massage?

As much pressure as client can stand without causing pain, and more pressure to heavily muscled areas.

50.     Is percussion massage used on the body generally?

Percussion can be used on almost every area of the body.

51.     What is one important physiological effect of tapotement?

Stimulates nerves, restores weak muscles, and is therapeutic.

52.     What is lymph?

Lymph is a body alkaline transparent colorless fluid found in the lymphatic vessels.  It may appear milky in color in vessels draining the intestines because of presence of absorbed fats.

53.     What moves lymph through the body?

The amount of fluid in the lymph vessels, the heart beating and changes in pressure in thoracic and abdominal cavities all have roles to play in the movement of lymph.

54.     Does lymph travel through the body as fast as blood?


55.     How is lymph formed?

By plasma and white blood cells escaping through the walls of the capillaries. Lymph is the excess interstitial fluid and protein that does not return to the blood system in the tissues.

56.     What is the function of the lymphatic system?

Carries digested fats from intestinal area to bloodstream and filters out pus and foreign matter.

57.     What is meant by the term superficial lymphaticus?

          Those near the skin.

58.     What is the function of lymphatic valves?

To keep the lymph flowing in one direction.

59.     What are the functions of lymph nodes?

Lymph nodes produce lymphocytes and monocytes.  They act as filters keeping particulate matter i.e. bacteria from gaining entrance to the blood stream. 

60.     How is massage helpful in keeping the lymphatic system functioning properly?

It stimulates the flow of lymph.

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