What Is It/

How Is It Recognized/

Is Massage indicated

Condition Name

What Are They?

How Are They Recognized?

or Contraindicated?


A bursa is a fluid-filled sack

Acute bursitis is painful and will be

Massage is locally contraindi-

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that acts as a protective

aggravated by both passive and

cated in the acute phase of non-


cushion at points of recur-

active motion. Muscles surround-

infectious bursitis. Massage else-


ring pressure, eases the

ing the affected joint will often

where on the body during an


movement of tendons and

severely limit range of motion. It

acute phase, and directly on the


ligaments moving over

may be hot or edematous.

muscles of the affected joint


bones, and cushions points


(within pain limits) in a subacute


of contact between bones.


phase, is perfectly appropriate.


Bursitis is the inflammation




of a Bursa.




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