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Glossary: massage therapy, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

massage therapy

(muh-SAZH THAYR-uh-pee)

A treatment in which the soft tissues of the body are kneaded, rubbed, tapped, and stroked. Massage therapy may help people relax, relieve stress and pain, lower blood pressure, and improve circulation. It is being studied in the treatment of cancer symptoms such as lack of energy, pain, swelling, and depression.