Posts Tagged ‘massage’

Fibromyalgia Pain Decreases After Massage Therapy

The April 2002 issue of the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology (Volume 8 – Issue 2 – pp 72-76) reports that massage therapy has been observed to be helpful in some patients with fibromyalgia.

This study was designed by Dr. Tiffany Field and others to examine the effects of massage therapy versus relaxation therapy on sleep, substance P, and pain in fibromyalgia patients. Twenty-four adult fibromyalgia patients were assigned randomly to a massage therapy or relaxation therapy group. They received 30-minute treatments twice weekly for 5 weeks. Both groups showed a decrease in anxiety and depressed mood immediately after the first and last therapy sessions. However, across the course of the study, only the massage therapy group reported an increase in the number of sleep hours and a decrease in their sleep movements. In addition, substance P levels decreased, and the patients’ physicians assigned lower disease and pain ratings and rated fewer tender points in the massage therapy group.

François Minani has a passion for working with people dealing with fibromyalgia pain.  He can be reached at 423-863-0390.

 

Spring Newsletter – Hot off the presses!

The newest edition of our semiannual newsletter, “To Your Health,” is hot off the presses!

Featured articles include:
“Whiplash: Healing a Pain in the Neck” – Hope Bentley
“Massage for Your Teenager? Bodywork Can Ease Adolescent Angst”
“Hot or Cold for Injuries? How to Know Which is Best for You” – Art Riggs
“Announcing New Client Stimulus Program”

You can download it below as an Adobe PDF file. Considered by many to be the global standard for electronic document sharing, the latest version of Adobe Reader is available for free download at http://get.adobe.com/reader/.

Read the “To Your Health” Spring 2009 Newsletter!

 

Rotator Cuff Therapy

Rotator Cuff Therapy – How to Heal Your Shoulder Naturally Without Surgery

By Matt Olson

Is your shoulder pain getting to the point where you need to do something about it? Unfortunately the pain has not subsided on it’s own. But sure enough, your doctor tells you that your RC has a small tear. Ok, what are your options? Is it possible for the rotator cuff to heal without surgery? There is a possibility you may be able to heal your shoulder naturally, without surgery, if you follow a strict and properly designed rotator cuff therapy program. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Massage Primer

The practice of various massage techniques can be traced though human history and nearly every culture. Artwork and literature from many civilizations show that nearly all ancient cultures practiced massage in some form. This is shown in cave drawings by out prehistoric ancestors, ancient Chinese books dating back as far as 3000 B.C., medical textbooks by Greek and Roman physicians written in the millennia preceding Christ, Indian and Hindu tradition and literature dating back over three thousand years.

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Massage Contraindications – Why Some People Cannot Receive a Massage

By Daniel Brownell

Massage therapy is a wonderful and beneficial form of holistic health care. Massage can provide stress relief, muscle tension relief, improve circulation, and the list goes on. But massage can be detrimental to your health if you have certain physical conditions, illnesses, or disease. You can also put your therapist at risk of contracting certain illness or disease if you are in a contagious state of health.

The term “massage contraindication” means you are not able to receive massage, or the massage may be limited to certain areas of your body. When you are contraindicated for a massage it is for your health and safety as well as the massage therapists. Not all contraindications mean that you will never be able to have a massage. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Lymphatic Massage For Beauty Inside As Well As Out!

By Willie Jones

When a family member of mine was diagnosed with lymphoma, a large marble sized rock hard lump in the neck, it was such a shock! The difficult part after that was trying to figure out the best course of action. We have always leaned towards natural remedies and we were thankfully steered towards a naturopath that did lymphatic massage Read the rest of this entry »

 

Massage Therapy Can Ease Symptoms of Muscular Dystrophy

By Nicole Cutler

Muscular dystrophy (MD) is not just one disease, but a generic term that covers more than thirty genetic disorders sharing the characteristics of progressive skeletal muscle degeneration and weakness. The severity, progression and distribution of the symptoms as well as age of onset, are some of the things that separate one form of MD from another. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Dr. Andrew Weil’s “Tip of the Day”

Dr. Andrew Weil’s “Tip of the Day” for the 4th of July is “Four Reasons to Try Rolfing”. That’s fitting for Independence Day!

Four Reasons to Try Rolfing

Do you suffer from chronic stress, pain or bad posture? You may want to consider Rolfing. Named after Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing is often referred to as “structural integration.” It is not simply massage, it is a system of deep manipulation of the connective tissues that aims to restructure the fascia (the sheath of tissue that surrounds a muscle) and relieve physical misalignment. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Having Foggy Memory? Don’t Forget to Deal With Stress

By Janet Martin

It is quite normal to forget where you have placed your keys or parked your car once in while. Everybody has dealt with such phenomena. However, if you keep on forgetting a lot of things, then you may need to see your doctor. Remember that even if you are getting older, it doesn’t mean that you should accept memory lapses and fogs as if they are inevitable age-related changes.

For so long, people were led to believe that difficulty in remembering things often are just symptoms of old age. Most of the time, however, fuzzy memory is actually caused by stress and anxiety. If you want to minimize or totally eliminate memory lapses, you should first alleviate stress or deal with what makes you feel anxious and tensed. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Healing Mind and Body With Massage and Stretching

By Mark Bromson, M.D.

When patients ask me about natural medicine, they often expect me to talk about herbs, folk remedies or exotic Chinese healing techniques. So, when the first thing I recommend for patients is stretching and massage, they are often surprised. Though most people view massage as a pleasurable indulgence and stretching as an athletic activity, both of these practices can also be part of an effective medical treatment. Read the rest of this entry »