What Is It/

How Is It Recognized/

Is Massage indicated

Condition Name

What Are They?

How Are They Recognized?

or Contraindicated?

Rheumatoid

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is

In the acute phase, affected joints

Massage is systemically contrain-

Arthritis

an autoimmune disease in

are red, swollen, hot, and painful.

dicated during acute episodes of

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which synovial membranes,

They often become gnarled and

RA. Massage is indicated in the

 

particularly of the joints in

distorted. It tends to affect the

subacute stages when it may be

 

the hands and feet, are at-

body symmetrically, and it is not

used to reestablish mobility and

 

tacked by immune system

determined by age,

to reduce the stresses that can

 

agents. Other structures,

 

trigger another flare.

 

such as muscles, tendons,

 

 

 

and blood vessels, may also

 

 

 

be affected.

 

 

 

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