‘I live this life in pain’

‘I live this life in pain’

One in five Canadians enduring constant physical agony struggle to find help and hope. Expected to become One in Three.

http://www.vancouversun.com/health/live+this+life+pain/5487941/story.html

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Sitting is Killing You

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What is Massage Therapy?

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage is a “hands-on” treatment in which a therapist manipulates muscles and other soft tissues of the body to improve health and well-being. Varieties of massage range from gentle stroking and kneading of muscles and other soft tissues to deeper manual techniques. Massage has been practiced as a healing therapy for centuries in nearly every culture around the world. It helps relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and evoke feelings of calmness. Although massage affects the body as a whole, it particularly influences the activity of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems.

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Aromatherapy enhances your massage!

Benefits of Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy massage has become popular nowadays as many people are familiar with its many health benefits. It has been used since way back to cure a number of diseases and involves use of essential oils for stress relief and relaxation. If you are familiar with its many therapeutic uses, here are top benefits you can get when you start using aromatherapy.

1. Enhances mood
Rosemary, an essential oil commonly used in aromatherapy can help enhance feelings of happiness and contentment. The essential oil also has uplifting effect on your overall performance and mood by decreasing the production of cortisol hormone, which causes stress and anxiety. In other words, aromatherapy can help relieve stress, prevent anxiety, an induce relaxation.

2. Better sleep
If you are considering turning to sleeping pills so as get better sleep, aromatherapy might be the solution to your problem. Aromatherapy massage has proven useful for treating common sleeping disorders such as apnea, and is the best alternative therapy to sleeping pills. Essential oils used in aromatherapy help to simulate part of the brain that induce mood and emotion, meaning that you can use aromatherapy to calm your body so that you can get sound sleep.

3. Treats skin disorders
Many skin care experts agree that aromatherapymassage has positive effect on a variety of skin disorders, especially oily and dry skin. When you fail to treat oily and dry skin, it can lead to the occurrence of unwanted facial features such as acne and skin blemish. Therefore, aromatherapy massage can help keep your skin moist and youthful, and can also treat serious skin conditions, like psoriasis and eczema. In fact, many essential oils used in aromatherapy reduce irritation and dryness.
Aromatherapy massage should only be done by a trained professional because the essential oils could cause skin irritation or sickness when used improperly.

http://benefitof.net/benefits-of-aromatherapy-massage/

Study: Massage beats meds for lower back pain

Massage therapy may be better than medication or exercise for easing low back pain in the short term, a new government-funded study suggests.

If you’re having continuing problems with back pain even after trying usual medical care, massage may be a good thing to do.

If you’re having continuing problems with back pain even after trying usual medical care, massage may be a good thing to do.

Seattle researchers recruited 401 patients, mostly middle-aged, female and white, all of whom had chronic low back pain.
Those who received a series of either relaxation massage or structural massage were better able to work and be active for up to a year than those getting “usual medical care,” which included painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants or physical therapy, the researchers found.
Lead study author Daniel Cherkin, director of Group Health Research Institute, said he had expected structural massage, which manipulates specific pain-related back muscles and ligaments, would prove superior to relaxation or so-called Swedish massage, which aims to promote a feeling of body-wide relaxation.
Structural massage, which focuses on soft-tissue abnormalities, requires more training and may be more likely to be paid for by health insurance plans, which may equate it with physical therapy, said Cherkin.
“I thought structural massage would have been at least a little better, and that’s not the case,” Cherkin said. “If you’re having continuing problems with back pain even after trying usual medical care, massage may be a good thing to do. I think the results are pretty strong.”
The study, funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, is published in the July 5 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
Participants were randomly assigned to one of the three groups: structural massage, relaxation massage or usual care. Those in the massage groups were given hour-long massage treatments weekly for 10 weeks.
At 10 weeks, more than one-third of those who received either type of massage said their back pain was much better or gone, compared to only one in 25 patients who received usual care, the study said. Those in the massage groups were also twice as likely in that period to have spent fewer days in bed, used less anti-inflammatory medication and engaged in more activity than the standard care group.
Six months out, both types of massage were still linked to improved function, Cherkin said, but after one year, pain and function was almost equal in all three groups.
Noting that most Americans will experience low back pain during their lifetime, Cherkin said another benefit of massage is its relative safety.
“Maybe one of 10 patients felt pain during or after massage, but most of those thought it was a ‘good pain,’” he said. “A good massage therapist will be in tune with the patient and will ask what hurts.”
One of the study’s weaknesses was that those who were assigned to usual care knew that others were receiving massage therapy and may have been disappointed to be excluded, tainting their reported improvement, said Dr. Robert Duarte, director of the Pain and Headache Treatment Center at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Manhasset, N.Y.
“I think massage therapy can be useful for patients with back pain, but more as a . . . supplemental therapy,” Duarte added.

History of Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing, with references in medical texts nearly 4,000 years old

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massage#History

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