Massage Therapy for Lower Back Pain Now Recommended Before Drugs

On February 14, 2017, the American College of Physicians (ACP) released a clinical practice guideline recommending physicians prescribe massage therapy and other non-opioid interventions for back pain before opioid drugs. This recommendation represents a significant shift in the United States medical community’s guidelines toward massage therapy and pharmaceuticals. According to the Penn State Department of … Continue reading “Massage Therapy for Lower Back Pain Now Recommended Before Drugs”

How Massage Therapy Can Relieve Endometriosis Pain

People with endometriosis often choose massage therapy as a complementary treatment to ease pain associated with the condition. Massage therapists can address endometriosis symptoms without medication and potentially reduce reliance on pharmaceuticals. What Is Endometriosis? Endometriosis is the expansion of the uterine lining into nearby organs and tissues. Uterine tissues then grow outside the uterus, … Continue reading “How Massage Therapy Can Relieve Endometriosis Pain”

The Science of Massage Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis

As part of multiple sclerosis (MS) awareness month in March, people in the MS community raise awareness and share solutions for living with the condition. Many have found massage therapy can be an effective treatment for some of the symptoms of MS, such as pain, fatigue, and inflexibility. What Is Multiple Sclerosis? People with multiple … Continue reading “The Science of Massage Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis”

12 Characteristics of a Top Massage Therapy School

Today, aspiring massage therapists and bodywork professionals can choose from more than 300 accredited massage therapy schools in the United States. You could complete your study faster with an accelerated program or get a traditional four-year degree from a college or university. You could travel overseas to expand your massage therapy knowledge or stay right … Continue reading “12 Characteristics of a Top Massage Therapy School”

Massage Therapy and Cancer: What the Experts Say

In recent decades, medical experts have shown an increased interest in massage therapy research. As they dig deeper into the science of massage, researchers are finding benefits for people with all kinds of physical ailments. In people with cancer, massage therapy sessions can relieve pain, improve sleep, and increase immune function, among other things. While … Continue reading “Massage Therapy and Cancer: What the Experts Say”

How Massage Therapy Helps Veterans and Trauma Survivors

Massage therapy has the potential to benefit people who have experienced any type of trauma. For veterans who are having trouble reacclimating to civilian life, massage therapy may help them let their guard down. Refugees, survivors of abuse, and accident victims may also benefit from the care and support that can come from massage therapy. … Continue reading “How Massage Therapy Helps Veterans and Trauma Survivors”

Can Massage Therapy Help with Chronic Pain Management?

Many people seek massage therapy for medical reasons. According to the American Massage Therapy Association’s 2014 and 2015 consumer surveys, 52% of people got massages for one of the following reasons: To relieve and manage pain To address spasms, soreness, and stiffness To recover and rehabilitate from injuries To stay fit and increase health and … Continue reading “Can Massage Therapy Help with Chronic Pain Management?”

What Are ‘Knots’ in Muscles and How Do You Treat Them?

Many people with shoulder, neck, or back tension complain of “knots” in their muscles. But can muscles actually get knotted? Can massage therapy help in “unknotting” them? When you put excess strain on your muscles and tendons, they can tear apart on a microscopic level. Research suggests about half of all athletic injuries involve overuse … Continue reading “What Are ‘Knots’ in Muscles and How Do You Treat Them?”

How Massage Therapy Can Treat Fibromyalgia Pain

Fibromyalgia—a musculoskeletal condition that affects 1-3% of the world population—distorts how the brain processes pain signals, causing widespread physical pain and tenderness. Medical researchers have shown massage therapy relieves pain in those who experience fibromyalgia and can help alleviate other symptoms of the condition. What Is Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia causes chronic pain throughout the body. People … Continue reading “How Massage Therapy Can Treat Fibromyalgia Pain”

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