If you have cardiovascular disease, are recovering from heart surgery or a stroke or are worried about heart failure, seeing a local massage therapist can be beneficial. A local massage therapist is a health and wellness professional who is specially trained in treating disorders of the soft tissues. A local massage therapist uses techniques such as deep tissue, lymphatic drainage and craniosacral release to minimize scarring, treat pain and improve mobility. They can also help you manage the stress, anxiety and depression of dealing with a chronic health condition. If you have heart disease, you will probably work with a local cardiologist. They can work with your local massage therapist or other healthcare providers such as a local nutritionist, registered dietitian, family physician, kinesiologist and others to help you create an ideal health and wellness plan for your cardiovascular health. Ask your local family physician about how a local massage therapist may be able to help.