What Is It/

How Is It Recognized/

Is Massage indicated

Condition Name

What Are They?

How Are They Recognized?

or Contraindicated?


Reflex sympathetic dystro-

Signs and symptoms of RSD

If underlying pathologies have


phy (RSD) may also be called

include all varieties of pain-

been ruled out, massage may be


causalgia syndrome. This

burning, aching, deep, and

appropriate for RSD as long as it


situation causes pain fol-

superficial - along with discolored

doesn't exacerbate symptoms.


lowing soft tissue or bone

and edematous skin. Joints are



injury not to follow a nor-

likely to be stiff, and hypersensi-



mal course. Instead, it con-

tivity to cold and heat are often



tinues after the healing




process is complete, for no




known reason.




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