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How to Talk to Your Doctor About Massage

March 29th, 2017 • Posted by Mary Nix • Permalink

Many people visit a professional massage therapist to help in their recovery from minor sprains and strains.  In addition, many chiropractor offices and pain management clinics have professional massage staff directly on-site.  So it should come as no surprise that massage therapy can help individuals recover faster from some specific surgeries or help alleviate the symptoms of painful, chronic conditions.

If you know you will soon be undergoing a surgical procedure, you can ask your physician if he or she thinks massage could be helpful during your recovery period.  After the surgery, you should first get clearance from your physician before starting to receive any massage therapy.  Your physician is the best person to determine your body's readiness for massage manipulations. 

If you are undergoing any physical therapy after your surgery, you should tell your physical therapist about any massage treatments you are receiving.  Often they can suggest specific massage techniques that might help you, in addition to advising you about any areas you should avoid massaging until your physical therapy treatments are complete.

For chronic conditions like fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, chronic lumbar or cervical pain and the like, most physicians probably would recommend massage therapy as part of a wellness plan.  However, it is always a good idea to check with your doctor first, as some individuals have a unique medical contraindication that might prohibit them from benefiting from certain massage treatments.

If you would like to know more about how massage therapy can assist you in your recovery plan, please contact us.


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