mblex study guide



mblex study guide


MBLEX Massage Therapy
Questions & Answers


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101.    Name the main muscles concerned with respiration (muscles of inspiration and expiration.

The Diaphragm, Intercostals.  When the need for more forcible action exists, the powerful muscles of forced inspiration come into play.

102.    Why is massage of the chest muscles beneficial?

You will be helping the muscles that assist in respiration, and in this way you will also indirectly be helping the lungs to perform their function.  Massage of the chest will also activate muscles that assist the movements of the arm, as well as that of the shoulders.

103.    Where does the last friction manipulation of the chest end?

          At the base of the sternum.

104.    In hacking, what part of the operators hands should come in contact with the patron?

         Fingers only.

105.    Are nerve strokes stimulating?

They can be.    It has been found that this movement has a soothing effect on the mind, following other more vigorous massage manipulations.  It is used in many nervous conditions, and should never be omitted.

106.    How are nerve strokes performed?

By placing both your hands flat on the client's shoulder, and drawing them down to the wrist with very little pressure, the pressure being such as you might use while stroking a fine fur.

107.    What muscle separates the abdomen from the thorax?


108.    Is the stomach larger than the liver?


109.    What is the function of the stomach valves?

Keeps food from reversing direction and keeps food in the stomach for the proper length of time.

110.    Where is bile stored in the body?

          Gall Bladder

111.    Name two functions of the pancreas.

         Produces pancreatic juice and insulin.

112.    Food passes from the mouth to the stomach through what structure?


113.    Name the three parts of the small intestine.

Duodenojejunal, jejunum, &  ileum or  sometimes called Duodenum, jejunum & ileum

114.    Name the parts of the large intestine.

The ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, and the sigmoid colon.

115.    Name some of the conditions which are benefitted by the skillful application of abdominal massage.

Improves abdominal muscle tone, and stimulates muscle fibers of intestines thus relieving chronic constipation.

116.    Why should the client's knees be flexed for abdominal massage?

         To relax the abdominal muscles.

117.    Name the outer layer of the skin.


118.    What is the name of the layer of cells forming the epidermis of the skin?


119.    What is the purpose of the subcutaneous fat below the skin?

For Protection and warmth - Forms an insulating layer which prevents loss of heat

120.    Describe the methods by which the skin helps control body temperature.

Brings blood to the surface in order that it may cool off, and thus lose heat; By secreting moisture (sweat) which it can bring to the surface, where it is evaporated, cooling the area, and by providing insulation in the form of hair.

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