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JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2022

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KEY POINTS • Some aspects of long COVID are a great match for the benefi ts massage therapy can provide, so it behooves bodywork practitioners to learn what they can about it, so they can work safely in this context. • Risks of massage therapy include: overwhelming a compromised system; coagulopathy and organ damage; and interaction with medications, especially anticoagulants and anti- infl ammatories. • Benefi ts of massage therapy include support during a diffi cult time; refl ection of improvement over time; and reduction of fatigue, shortness of breath, pain, sleeplessness, headaches, and other symptoms (depending on the client's goals). WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MASSAGE THERAPY AND LONG COVID By Ruth Werner Unpacking the Long Haul L i s te n to T h e A B M P Po d c a s t a t a b m p.co m /p o d c a s t s o r w h e reve r yo u a cce s s yo u r favo r i te p o d c a s t s 35

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