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About Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body intended to enhance health and well-being.  It can be applied manually or by use of various complementary tools.

Long before medicine was created in a laboratory, our ancestors realized the value of touch as a healing and wellness tool.  Even Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine trained his students extensively in massage techniques. 

One primary goal of therapeutic massage is to facilitate increased flow of bodily fluids such as blood and lymph.  This enhanced flow may promote healing, relaxation, and removal of toxins.

Massage is generally a safe and effective therapy.  However as in any therapy, there is no guarantee that it will be effective in every person.  There are some situations, called contraindications which may make massage inadvisable.  One example is infection.  Increased movement of bodily fluids could spread a localized infection to other parts of the body. 

Before beginning your relationship with any massage therapist, you will be asked to fill out a health intake form.  This form consists of basic questions regarding your general health, any medications you may be taking, etc.  It is very important that you answer all the questions honestly and report any changes to your therapist as soon as possible.

Many states, including Virginia and Tennessee require all massage therapist be thoroughly familiar with contraindications and seek advice of your primary health care provider if any questions arise.  Of course, your therapist must have your written permission to discuss your health with anyone other than you.

It is important to remember that your massage therapist is not a primary health care provider and may not diagnose disease, prescribe medications, or perform skeletal manipulations.  Your therapist may provide information which could assist you in making decisions about your health care.  But before making any such decisions, it is highly recommended that you consult with your primary health care provider. 

 

The contents of this site are for informational purposes only. Nothing herein is intended to diagnose illness or disease or perscribe treatment of any ailment or disease. Massage therapy is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment provided or supervised by a medical doctor. If you have any questions about whether therapeutic massage is right for you, please contact your medical doctor.