What Is It/

How Is It Recognized/

Is Massage indicated

Condition Name

What Are They?

How Are They Recognized?

or Contraindicated?

Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are dis-

Varicose veins are ropey, slightly

Massage is locally contraindi-

(page 204)

tended veins, usually in the

bluish, elevated veins that twist

cated for extreme varicose veins


legs, caused by valvular in-

and turn out of their usual

and anywhere distal to them.


competence and a backup

course. They happen most fre-

Mild varicose veins contraindi-


of blood returning to the

quently on the medial side of the

cate deep, specific work, but are



calf, although they are also found

otherwise safe for massage.



an the posterior aspects of the




calf and thigh.



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