Florida Surgeon General – Make Emergency Changes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                 Contact: DOH Communications,

September 20, 2012                                                               (850) 245- 4111


Statement from State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong
on Suspending Licenses

“Yesterday, I signed emergency suspension orders (ESOs) suspending the licenses of 81 unscrupulous massage therapists who obtained their transcripts through fraud. Today, I had the opportunity to talk with massage therapy schools and colleges across our state to share with them what our Department has uncovered and how we can learn from this experience to improve our processes and licensing system. We have encouraged our Florida approved massage therapy schools to evaluate their transcript processes and identify best practices for preventing such behavior and we encourage educational institutions nationwide to do the same.

The Department of Health will begin notifying state massage therapy boards nationwide with the help of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards to ensure that the esteemed profession of massage therapy is held in the highest regard.


The massage industry continues to be a vital component of Florida’s economy and we want to ensure that those who utilize massage therapy for relaxation or therapeutic services can feel secure that their therapist is fully qualified and licensed to provide this service.”


The Florida Department of Health’s mission is to protect and promote the health of all residents and visitors in the state through organized state and community efforts, including cooperative agreements with counties. For more information, visit the Department’s website.


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Functions of the Skin

1. Protection  – the skin protects the body form injury and bacterial invasion. The outermost layer of the epidermis is covered with a thin layer of sebum, which keeps us waterproof.

2. Sensation – Through its sensory nerve endings the skin responds to heat, cold, touch, pressure,and pain. A minor burn or cut is more sensative than a deep burn or cut which servers the nevers to the dermis layer.

3. heat regulation – The healthy body maintains a contstant internal temperature of 98.6 for the  average adult as changes in the outside temperature changes the blood and sweat glands make adjustments. Heat is lot by the evaporation of sweat.

4. excretion – perspiration form the sweat glands is excreted from the skin.

5. cecretion – sebum is secreted by the sebaceous gland.

6. absorbtion – is limited but does occur. Only certain substances applies in a face cream can enter the body through the skin.


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Edema – is swelling.

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pruritis – inflammation causing itch.

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Vesicle – small sac elevation on the skin such as a fever blister.

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