Massage Therapy and Cancer: What the Experts Say

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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”