Massage has been used world-over to treat pain, relieve stress, and correct imbalance. By applying pressure and movement to soft tissue, massage helps to stretch muscles, promote blood and lymph flow, and stimulate the nervous system.
Massage has also been used successfully to treat complications of lymphedema and post-operative pain. There are many different types of massage. Swedish massage, which consists primarily of slow rhythmic strokes in the direction of the heart, is most often recommended.
Contact the American Massage Therapy Association at www.amtamassage.org.Safety. Do not massage tumor or metastasis sites. Any massage that is uncomfortable should be stopped.
Massage is not recommended for anyone with a rash or unhealed wound, on anticoagulant therapy, or thrombocytopenic.
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