Massage therapy is used to treat a variety of conditions including chronic back pain, neck pain, arthritis, headaches, fibromyalgia, and cancer. Massage treatments work best in combination with other treatments, and the clinical evidence is better for short term (<6 months) vs. long term (>6 months) therapy.
There are at least 80 different types of massage therapy. Consult with your doctor on which style might be right for your condition.
Most people can benefit from massage. If any part of a massage is uncomfortable or painful, please tell your therapist immediately since most problems result from too much pressure. Massage therapy might not be appropriate if you have bleeding disorders or take blood thinning medication, burns or healing wounds, deep vein thrombosis, fractures, severe osteoporosis or severe thrombocytopenia. As with any treatment, ask your doctor if massage therapy is appropriate for your condition especially if you are pregnant or have cancer.