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Alternative Therapies--Massage

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Massage

Many people believe that massage therapy is an excellent way to deal with the stress and side effects that go along with having an illness, including hepatitis C. During massage therapy, a trained therapist moves and rubs your body tissues (particularly your muscles). There are many kinds of massage therapy.

You can try massage therapy for reducing muscle and back pain, headaches, and soreness. Massages also can improve your blood flow (your circulation) and reduce tension. Some people think that massages might even make your immune system stronger.

If you are interested in learning more about massage, you should ask your VA doctor for information. Your doctor also may have a list of trained massage therapists.