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Massage therapy actually is recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing, and with referenced in medical texts, about 4,000 years old.  Hippocrates, (the “father of medicine,”) in fact referenced massage when he wrote about it in the 4th century B.C.

Massage therapy is described as manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance your health and well-being. We focus on musculoskeletal and neuroskeletal injuries

You might have been treated with massage therapy already for a variety of reasons:

  • Increase blood circulation
  • lymphatic drainage
  • Reduce muscle tension and stiffness (DOMS)
  • Help to improve the range of motion in many joint areas of the body
  • Promote healing in strained muscles and sprained ligaments
  • Reduce pain and swelling in muscles and around joints
  • Relieve and reduces mental stress
  • Reduces the levels of anxiety and frustration some people may have every day
  • Enhance sports performance

Side effects and risks

Massage therapy generally has few serious risks if appropriate cautions are applied.

It is recommended that patients who suffer should not have massage therapy if they have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in a deep vein, usually in the legs)
  • A bleeding disorder or taking blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin
  • Damaged blood vessels
  • Weakened bones from osteoporosis, a recent fracture, or cancer
  • A fever
  • Any of the following in an area that would be massaged:
  • An open or healing wound
  • A tumor
  • Damaged nerves
  • An infection or acute inflammation
  • Inflammation from radiation treatment

If you have one or more of the following conditions, be sure to informus at Therapyroom1 before having your massage:

  • Pregnancy
  • Cancer
  • Fragile skin, as from diabetes or a healing scar
  • Heart problems
  • Dermatomyositis,which is a disease of the connective tissue
  • A history of physical abuse

Also side effects of massage therapy can  cause:

  • Temporary pain or discomfort
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • A sensitivity or allergy to massage oils
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