Massage is a health care tool...
For many conditions and
injuries, massage may be a means to help
you feel more
relaxed and less anxious and to reduce pain. It's one of
several useful tools for managing your health, but it
the place of standard medical treatment and
and bodywork therapies specifically exclude diagnosis,
prescription, manipulation or adjustments of the human
skeletal structure, or any other service,
procedure or therapy which requires
a license to practice
orthopedics, physical therapy, podiatry, chiropractic,
osteopathy, psychotherapy, acupuncture, or any other
profession or branch of medicine.
starting massage therapy, consult your physician or health care provider to make sure it's
recommended for your condition.
Risks of massage?
Massage is generally
safe as long as it's done by a trained therapist.
massage isn't for everyone. And for some people it can
even be dangerous.
Discuss massage with
your doctor before making an appointment if
- Burns or open wounds
on the area to be massaged
- Had a recent heart
- Cancer — you'll
want to avoid direct pressure on the tumor area
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Unhealed fractures
- Rheumatoid arthritis
in the area to be massaged
- Severe osteoporosis
In addition, talk to
your doctor before getting a massage if
It’s important to
also note that there are some conditions where massage is not recommended. For example,
massage is contraindicated in people with:
- Certain forms of
- Some cardiac
- Some skin conditions
- Infectious diseases
practitioner should ask you about your specific health conditions and determine if
massage, bodywork or somatic therapies are a good idea. In
some cases, the practitioner may need your doctor’s
permission before providing services.
Massage done properly
rarely leads to severe injuries. Ask your massage
therapist about his or her training and qualifications
some states - such as North Carolina - require licensing.
And if any part of your
massage doesn't feel right or is painful, speak
away. Most serious problems come from too much pressure
during massage. In rare circumstances, massage can
- Internal bleeding
- Nerve damage
- Temporary paralysis
Talk to your doctor
and your massage therapist if you have any concerns
about your risk of injury. Asking questions can help you
feel more at ease.
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