Massage is considered by many to be a form of complementary and alternative medicine. It is increasingly being offered along side with standard treatments for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.
Studies demonstrate that it is an effective approach to reduce stress, pain and muscle tension.
Apart from treating specific conditions and diseases, some people enjoy massages because it produces feelings of being cared for, comfort and a connection.
Despite the many benefits made known it isn’t meant to be a replacement for regular medical care. If you have a condition, let your doctor know you are trying massage and be sure to continue to follow any standard treatment that you may be on.
Although most people can benefit from massage however, it may not be appropriate in such conditions:
- Bleeding disorder or blood thinning medication
- Burns or healing wounds
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Severe osteoporosis
Some forms of massages can also leave you feeling a bit sore the next day. However, massage shouldn’t be extraordinarily painful or uncomfortable. If any part of the massage does not feel right, ask your therapist to reduce the pressure. Do not hesitate to indicate your preference. Do not apply the saying “No pain no gain”.
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