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What is Massage Therapy?
Massage is a term describing a variety of techniques using the hands, a mechanical or electrical apparatus to stimulate or soothe soft tissues of the body for therapeutic purposes.
Massage works by kneading and stroking muscles to relax them and uses friction to stimulate soft tissues. This therapy can increase blood and lymph circulation while breaking up scar tissue between muscle fibers.
Therapeutic massage usually feels good though the effects vary with each individual. Clothing is optional but is often removed from just the area being treated, keeping patients warm, relaxed and comfortable. A lubricating oil or cream is used to reduce friction during the massage session.
Massage is useful in many conditions where body relaxation is desired. Massage can also be helpful in reducing the swelling and pooling of fluids at the site of a recent injury or trauma.