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Massage Therapy and Heart Surgery Recovery
According to study done by the Mayo Clinic, massage therapy is beneficial for those who have recently undergone heart surgery. Heart surgery recovery is one of the most crucial times a heart patient must endure and through massage, pain can be alleviated.
During a 5-month period, the Mayo Clinic studied 58 patients who participated in the study and the results were overwhelmingly positive in alleviating the pain during recovery. Due to the results of this 2005 study, the Mayo Clinic now has a full-time therapist for patients who underwent heart surgery. Heart patients usually do not recover as quickly because of pain, anxiety, stress and tension. It then takes much time before they can go back to their daily routines. With massage therapy however, the road to recovery becomes an easier journey.
Massage is where a therapist puts pressure on a person's muscles and tissues to improve the overall health and well-being of that person. There are many types of massage, from gentle stroking to kneading to other manual techniques. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, massage is used to maintain equilibrium inside the body. Today, massage therapy is no longer just an alternative but is used as a treatment in integrative medicine. After a heart surgery, going through massage therapy can help calm the nerves and make the patient more relaxed. If this is continued, the patient's recovery is faster as compared to those who do not get massage therapy at all.