DAMIEN LOVEGROVE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAMIEN LOVEGROVE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Back massage. Time-exposure image of a woman having a back massage. Massage consists of rubbing and kneading areas of the body which commonly become tense, stiff or painful, such as the back, neck and abdomen. It is used to relieve muscle spasm, to treat muscle injury or scar tissue, and reduce oedema (fluid retention). Massage increases blood flow, relaxes muscles, and increases the suppleness of the skin.
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