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Therapeutic Massage Part 2 – Risks, Tips and Cautions

Written by Courteney

Posted on October 7, 2016 at 8:44 pm

Massage is a widely popular alternative therapy that many look to for stress and pain management, as well as for its potential to ease symptoms of certain health conditions. In Part 1, we took a closer look at some of the conditions helped by massage. In this post we want to touch on more conditions that may see benefits from massage, as well as to look at potential risks and how to choose which type of massage for you.

Other Conditions That May Benefit From Massage

Massage has also been known to help with the following conditions as well:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Fibromyalgia
  3. Headaches
  4. Insomnia related to stress
  5. Temporomandibular joint pain
  6. Soft tissue injuries
  7. Certain digestive disorders

Potential Risks of Therapeutic Massage

As we have illustrated, therapeutic massage can have many potential benefits, however, as with anything there are risks associated with massage as well. Some of which include blood clots, contracting an infectious disease, nerve damage or bruising for massages that are too rough. Also, there are certain people who shouldn’t have massages, including those with bleeding disorders, open wounds or severe osteoporosis. It is important to talk to your doctor before beginning any kind of alternative therapy such as therapeutic massage to ensure the benefits outweigh the risks for your specific health situation.

How to Choose What Kind of Massage to Get?

There are various types of massage out there such as Swedish (whole-body), shiatsu (finger pressure massage), reflexology (pressure points), hot stone, Reiki, and deep tissue massage. According to WebMD, the most common type of massage is the whole-body relaxation massage that is designed to relax all the muscles, joints and tissues, aiming for stress and pain management. Everyone is different, and the type of massage that will best suit you likely depends on your condition, overall health and the outcomes you wish to obtain from the massage. Be sure to research your masseuse extensively to ensure you are going to a certified, good quality massage therapist who will help you the most. Check out the American Massage Therapy Association database for good options.

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