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Should I take any precautions with massage therapy?

Massage therapy is very valuable for many types of conditions, however these same conditions do need special attention so that the massage therapist does not make the condition worse.  Always make sure to tell your therapist if you are on any medication espeicially blood thinners that may cause you to bruise more easily. Conditions that result in decreased or increased sensation will need to be made aware of. Massage therapy helps to reduce the healing time of injuries but make sure you and the therapist know what kind of injury it is and how old it is so that proper techniqes are used.  If you have swelling or are recovering from lymphadema special techniques need to be used to reduce the swelling or lymph and not increase it.

Make sure you have given a good health history to your therapist and make sure your therapist has experience and knowedge in the type of massage you need to make massage therapy a good and healthy experience.

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