What Is It/

How Is It Recognized/

Is Massage indicated

Condition Name

What Are They?

How Are They Recognized?

or Contraindicated?


Edema is the retention of

Edematous tissue is puffy or

Massage is contraindicated for

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interstitial fluid either be-

boggy. It may be hot, if asso-

most edemas, particularly pitting


cause of electrolyte or pro-

ciated with local infection, or

edema, where the tissue does


tein imbalances or because

quite cool, if it is cut off from

not immediately spring back


of mechanical obstruction

local circulation.

from a touch. Indicated edemas


in the circulatory or lym-


include those due to subacute


phatic systems.


soft tissue injury or temporary




immobilization caused by some




factor that does not contraindi-




cate massage.


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