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How does Massage Work for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

How does Massage Work for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)The application of Massage for healing purposes dates back 4,000 years in Chinese medical literature and continues to be an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Today, it can also be used to help Chronic Kidney Disease. Then, how does massage work for CKD?

Generally, massage is believed to support the healing, boost energy, reduce recovery time after an injury, ease pain, and enhance relaxation, mood, and well being. In treating CKD, this therapy has the following curative effects:

1. Relieve symptoms and discomforts. Massage is useful to decrease swelling or edema, clear wastes via the lymphatic system, reduce pain, and induce a calming effect.

2. Control blood pressure. One study found that deep tissue massage reduce blood pressure levels (an average reduction of 10.4 mmHg in systolic pressure and a diastolic pressure reduction of 5.3 mmHg).

3. Ease anxiety and depression. Massage may also relieve depression, alleviate sleep disorders, and eliminate tension, anxiety.

People with the following conditions should avoid massage:

Heart failure

Blood clots in the legs

Bleeding disorders

Contagious skin conditions

Though massage has many benefits for people with CKD, it can be used as an auxiliary remedy. If you have kidney disease, check with your doctor before considering massage or consult us online about the suitable forms of massage for your condition.

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