What Is It/

How Is It Recognized/

Is Massage indicated

Condition Name

What Are They?

How Are They Recognized?

or Contraindicated?


Interstitial cystitis is a

Symptoms of interstitial cystitis

Massage is only locally contrain-


chronic inflammation of

are similar to those of urinary tract

dicated for interstitial cystitis, as

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the bladder, involving scar

infections: burning, frequency, ur-

long as no signs of generalized


tissue, stiffening, decreased

gency of urination; decreased ca-

infection (i.e., fever, chills,


capacity, bleeding, and

pacity of the bladder may become

malaise) are present.


sometimes ulcers in the

a problem, along with pain, pres-



bladder walls.

sure, and tenderness.



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