Massage Therapy (cont.)
In this Article
- Introduction to massage therapy
- What is the history of massage therapy?
- What are the health benefits of massage therapy?
- What is massage therapy, and what are the types of massage?
- What do massage therapists do in treating patients?
- How does massage therapy affect the body?
- What are side effects and risks of massage therapy?
- Who provides massage therapy?
- What are some other points to consider about massage therapy as complementary and alternative medicine?
Massage therapy appears to have few serious
Cautions about massage therapy include the following:
- Vigorous massage should be avoided by people with bleeding disorders or low blood platelet counts, and by people taking blood-thinning medications such as warfarin.
- Massage should not be done in any area of the body with blood clots, fractures, open or healing wounds, skin infections, or weakened bones (such as from osteoporosis or cancer), or where there has been a recent surgery.
- Although massage therapy appears to be generally safe for cancer patients, they should consult their oncologist before having a massage that involves deep or intense pressure. Any direct pressure over a tumor usually is discouraged. Cancer patients should discuss any concerns about massage therapy with their oncologist.
- Pregnant women should consult their health care provider before using massage therapy.
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