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Massage myths

From the massage and bodywork professionals page:

1. Massage releases lactic acid from the muscles

It has been well established that lactic acid does not cause muscle soreness sensation and that lactic acid and 'toxins' have no influence on exercise-induced muscle damage. Hence this suggestion can be dismissed outright. In addition, human studies have demonstrated that massage has no influence on post-exercise blood lactate clearance, while mild exercise can significantly speed up its removal.

2. We cannot treat clients with cancer as massage will spread the cancer through the body

Massage for cancer clients has moved from the "no-touch" zone to center court, bringing with it an increasing number of compassionate, dedicated therapists. But there is a caveat to this trend. Although the bodywork profession, supported by scientific research, now provides a wealth of modalities to soothe, rehabilitate, and renew hope in those enduring the ravages of cancer, it's not a matter of simply putting hands to skin.

There are dos and don'ts associated with performing oncology massage, especially for clients in an active disease state and those undergoing or recovering from treatment. There's also a lot to learn about the physical and psychological challenges and changes cancer patients face in their journey. While gentle touch, such as massage to the hands or non-contact energy work, is almost always appropriate and beneficial, the needs of cancer clients will best be served by those therapists who have taken the time to become informed, instructed, and supervised in this specialized field.
(massage & bodywork magazine)

3. A crooked spine (scoliosis) can be straightened by doing tapotement on the "weak" side of the spine and relaxing massage on the "tight" side of the spine

Some positive changes can be made during childhood or adolescence. Once a person is fully grown the treatment is about relieving pain/ maintaining function (massage and bodywork porfessionals)