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December 01, 2007

Acute Postoperative Pain Management Using Massage as an Adjuvant Therapy—Invited Critique

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Copyright 2007 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2007

Arch Surg. 2007;142(12):1167. doi:10.1001/archsurg.142.12.1167

Massage has been used as a medical therapy since the time of Hippocrates, around 400 BC, until the focus of medical care shifted to biological science. Therapeutic benefits of massage therapy include vasodilatation, increased skin temperature, and relaxation of mind and body. Massage is also thought to reduce lactic acid levels in the muscles, stimulate healing of the connective tissues, and increase lymphatic and venous circulation.1

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