Research continues to show that massage therapy can be effective for a number of conditions and demographics. See how massage therapy can play an important role in health and wellness regimes. If you have a medical conditon, always check with your doctor before beginning massage therapy.
Once viewed as a luxury, massage is increasingly recognized as an alternative medical treatment. According to a recent consumer survey sponsored by the American Massage Therapy Association, 77 percent of respondents said their primary reason for receiving a massage in the past year was medical or stress-related. Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that medical centers nationwide now offer massage as a form of patient treatment. The American Hospital Association recently surveyed 1,007 hospitals about their use of complementary and alternative medicine therapies, and more than 80 percent said they offered massage therapy. Upwards of 70 percent said they used massage for pain management and relief.
“The medical community is more accepting of massage therapy than ever before,” says Jerrilyn Cambron, board president of the Massage Therapy Foundation. “Many massage therapists now have active, fruitful relationships with conventional care providers.”
So which conditions does massage help with? In all seriousness it would be easier to list the ones it cannot help with. Massage is contraindicated (not allowed) for some conditions like, blood clots, fractures, open or healing wounds, skin infections, weakened bones (such as from osteoporosis or cancer) or where there has been a recent surgery, systemic contagious or infectious diseases, including the common cold, acute conditions requiring first aid or medical attention, severe unstable hypertension, significant fever, Massage in contraindicated AT THE SITE of: Acute flare-up of inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis , Deep vein thrombosis, aneurism, frostbite., local contagious or irritable skin conditions, open sores or wounds, recent surgery, recent burn, varicosities, malignancy.
there may be a few other outlier conditions and different medications people can take can contraindicate massage but in general this gives a good idea.
Almost everything else can help by massage. Give it a try!