What Is It/

How Is It Recognized/

Is Massage indicated

Condition Name

What Are They?

How Are They Recognized?

or Contraindicated?

Osteoporosis

This is loss of bone mass

Osteoporosis in the early stages is

Very gentle massage is indicated

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and density brought about

identifiable only by x-ray and bone-

for persons with osteoporosis.

 

by endocrine disorders and

density tests. In later stages, com-

Massage will not affect the pro-

 

poor metabolism of cal-

pression or spontaneous fractures

gression of the disease once it is

 

cium.

of the vertebrae, wrists, or hips

present, but may significantly

 

 

often result. Kyphosis brought

reduce associated pain. Massage

 

 

about by compression fractures

for acute fractures, however, is

 

 

of the vertebrae is a frequent in-

contraindicated

 

 

dicator of osteoporosis.

 

 

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