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Benefits of Massage Category

Can Massage Therapy Play a Role in Combating the Drug Addiction Crisis?

31 Jul 2017

There is no question that drug addiction is one of the fastest-growing health problems in the U.S. today, with usage of both street drugs and abuse of prescription medications reaching almost epidemic proportions. Everyone agrees that we need solutions, but can therapeutic massage play a part in treating addiction? At first glance that might seem like an odd question. You might wonder what a massage can do to address drug addiction. It turns out that massage therapy may be helpful in treating addictions of several sorts - not only drugs but also alcohol and nicotine. Addiction may have physical components, ...

You May Not Know It, But You Probably Need a Massage

21 Jul 2017

The massage therapy industry has been working very hard to combat the misconception that massage is simply a pampering or luxurious service. Apparently we're doing our job well, because more and more people are coming to the conclusion that therapeutic massage offers many benefits besides relaxation. Are you among those who don't get regular massages because you believe you don't really need it? The truth is, you probably DO need a massage on a regular basis, though you may not know it. Here are some reasons we'd like you to consider: Everyone - and we mean everyone - has some ...

Massage Isn’t Just for Women – It’s Good for Men, Too

14 Jul 2017

Men's Health Week (this year, June 12-18) is an annual focus on wellness issues specifically male-related. It's celebrated in mid-June and since it was so recent, we've got men's health on our minds. Massage therapy consumers are more likely to be female, but we'd like to discuss the benefits of bodywork for men in this particular post. First of all, we'd like to point out that discussing their own health is far down on the list of priorities among most men. A Cleveland Clinic study found that most men who rather discuss just about anything else. Current events, sports, and ...

Massage and Chronic Pain Management for Specific Conditions

26 Jun 2017

It's well established that massage therapy offers effective, natural pain relief, and it's one of the top reasons people seek out massage.  Pain comes in two basic types: acute, which results from an injury or particular event, and chronic pain, often part of a medical condition or disease.  Regardless of the reason, there is usually a type of therapeutic massage that can address the underlying causes of the pain.  With some conditions, of course, removing what's causing the pain isn't possible, so the goal of massage in those cases is to manage the pain and keep it within a tolerable ...

Got Pain? Try a massage!

23 Jun 2017

Since the mind picture many have of massage is a luxurious relaxation aid, it might be surprising for some to find out that the number one reason people see a massage therapist is to deal with pain. Of course, those who regularly get massages know it is so much more than a tool to help you relax. The interest in natural ways to manage pain is growing, due in part to the fact that a large proportion of the baby boomer generation is either approaching age 70 or already there. People in this age group tend to experience chronic pain ...

Tips for Bodywork Professionals Working with MS Clients

19 Jun 2017

Natural, effective pain management is the top reason people choose massage therapy, and often the pain is a result of a chronic condition or a disease. One of those diseases that has pain associated with it is multiple sclerosis (MS). And since women are more inclined to be massage consumers than men, and MS strikes women at a higher proportion than men, it seems likely that massage and shiatsu therapists will have clients from time to time with MS. Massage therapy can offer pain relief for those with MS, and it's generally safe, but there are things to keep in ...

More on How Bodywork Therapy May Help with Migraine Management

05 Jun 2017

In our previous post we discussed some basics about migraine headaches that bodywork therapists might find helpful in working with clients who have them. In this post we'll talk specifically about bodywork for migraines.   Current scientific research on massage therapy for massage is somewhat limited, and the samples were small. However, as Dawn Buse, Director of Behavioral Medicine at the Montefiore Headache Center, points out - many of those who suffer from migraines find that therapeutic massage is helpful. The studies that have been done show: Reduced heart rate, anxiety level, and cortisol production Decreased frequency of migraine episodes ...

Therapeutic Massage and Migraine Sufferers

03 Jun 2017

Pain is the number one reason people seek out massage therapy, especially to manage chronic pain. One painful condition that may respond well to therapeutic massage is a migraine headache. Research definitely supports the use of massage therapy for headache pain, but a migraine headache is somewhat different than others. Those who suffer from migraines know that it is more than just a 'bad headache.' Many are almost completely debilitated during migraine episodes, needing to lie still in a darkened, quiet room. It can last for days, not just hours. Migraines are often accompanied by bouts of nausea. And while ...

What Can Massage Do for My Hay Fever?

22 May 2017

Sniffle, sniffle, cough, cough. Ahh, the sound of springtime allergies. Wipe your eyes, blow your nose, and reach for another tissue. We all look forward to the arrival of the warm days of spring following the cold of winter. But that nice weather brings with it a host of other less-desirable elements: molds and pollen (often referred to as 'hay fever,' though a true hay allergy is just a small subset if this group). Classified as 'environmental allergens,' those bits floating around in the air trigger runny noses, sore and scratchy throats, watery eyes, and congestion. Some even get hives ...

Understanding Autoimmune Diseases and How the Bodywork Therapist May Help

12 May 2017

One of the benefits of massage therapy that's been well researched and documented is the boosting of the body's own defense against disease - the immune system. A well-functioning immune system is vital to good health. Unfortunately, there are many who suffer from such severe impairment of their immune systems that what should be defending their bodies against invaders has actually turned on their own bodies and is the cause rather than the prevention of disease. This includes a wide range of conditions, from rheumatoid arthritis to lupus and possibly even fibromyalgia. Because so many individuals suffer from these conditions ...