Cautions or Adverse Effects of Massage

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Cautions on Massage Liza Dipu Nursing 500 Fordham University 31 July 2011 Cautions on Massage Nurses have been using some of the more than 1,800 alternative therapies and systems of care that existed for centuries (Snyder and Lindquist, 2006, p. 1). Some of these alternative therapies and systems of care became known as “alternative/complementary therapies.” The term “complementary” is preferred because it emphasized that a therapy is adjunct to conventional care (Snyder, 2006, p.


3). The inspiration of the nursing profession, Florence Nightingale, had stressed the importance of creating an environment that supports healing and noted that in such an environment supportive to healing, complementary therapies like music perform an important role (Snyder, 2006, p. 8). Complementary therapies are important for holistic nursing. This is because holistic nursing considers the individual’s interior, collective interior and collective exterior (Dossey, 2009, p. 4). Snyder and Lindquist’s (2010) list of complementary therapies include massage. Citing several sources, Snyder and Taniguki (2010, p.337) identified massage therapy as “one of the most widely used complementary therapies and has been a part of the nurse’s armamentarium for centuries.” In many cases, “massage is combined with other therapies, such as music, aromatherapy, acupressure, or light touch” that it has become difficult to separate the effects of the beneficial specific effects of massage from those of the other therapies (Snyder and Taniguki, 2010, p. 337). ...
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