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Cautions for massage

Cautions for massage

Massage is very useful in relieving pain, but there may be particular facts about your situation that need to be considered first. Check with your health care team before using any massage treatment.

There are some specific situations in which massage should be limited or used only with great caution. When a bone is weakened by a metastasis (spread of the cancer), deep pressure over it may worsen the pain or even cause a fracture.

Nerve pain may be increased by pressure, even gentle touch.

Deep pressure should also be avoided over the area of any surgery for at least six weeks, as well as on open sores or over areas treated with radiation.

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