Massage Therapy

Multiple 60-minute massage sessions effective for neck pain

  (HealthDay)—Multiple 60-minute massage sessions are effective for neck dysfunction and pain among patients with chronic neck pain, according to a study published in the March/April issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. Karen J. Sherman, Ph.D., M.P.H., from the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, and colleagues examined the optimal dose of massage for individuals …

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Massage eases low back pain in randomized controlled trial

Massage therapy helps ease chronic low back pain and improve function, according to a randomized controlled trial that the Annals of Internal Medicine will publish in its July 5 issue. The first study to compare structural and relaxation (Swedish) massage, the trial found that both types of massage worked well, with few side effects. “We found that …

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Study shows massage reduces inflammation following strenuous exercise

Most athletes can testify to the pain-relieving, recovery-promoting effects of massage. Now there’s a scientific basis that supports booking a session with a massage therapist: On the cellular level massage reduces inflammation and promotes the growth of new mitochondria in skeletal muscle. The research, involving scientists from the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and …

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Study shows frequent massage sessions boost biological benefits

Massage is purported to have an array of benefits, including alleviating symptoms of depression, anxiety, back pain, asthma, fatigue, and even HIV. A new study shows there are sustained, cumulative beneficial effects of repeated massage therapy. The effects persist for several days to a week, and differ depending on the frequency of sessions. Results of …

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Ancient foot massage technique may ease cancer symptoms

  Reflexology involves stimulating specific points on the feet to improve functioning in other parts of the body. (Medical Xpress)—A study led by a Michigan State University researcher offers the strongest evidence yet that reflexology – a type of specialized foot massage practiced since the age of pharaohs – can help cancer patients manage their …

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Massage enhances fat reduction with cryolipolysis

  Post-treatment manual massage improves the efficacy of cryolipolysis on fat reduction, according to a study published online Dec. 11 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. (HealthDay)—Post-treatment manual massage improves the efficacy of cryolipolysis on fat reduction, according to a study published online Dec. 11 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. Gerald E. Boey, M.D., and Jennifer …

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Massage therapy improves circulation, eases muscle soreness

Massage therapy improves general blood flow and alleviates muscle soreness after exercise, according to a study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The study, reported online in advance of print in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, also showed that massageimproved vascular function in people who had not exercised, suggesting that massage has benefits for …

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Study underscores benefits of clinical massage therapy for chronic lower back pain

by Elizabeth Adams Clinical massage therapy has alleviated chronic lower back pain (CLBP) in patients who participated in a recent University of Kentucky study of complementary therapies. Researchers in the University of Kentucky Department of Family and Community Medicine recently completed a study pointing to real-world evidence that clinical massage therapy helps reduce symptoms in CLBPpatients. The …

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Massage Therapist as Pain pilot explores hand shiatsu treatment as sleep aid

  University of Alberta researcher Cary Brown (left) teaches Nancy Cheyne how to self administer shiatsu massage treatments on her hand. Credit: Bryan Alary/University of Alberta (Edmonton) There was a time, back in Nancy Cheyne’s youth, when she combined the poise and grace of a ballerina with the daring and grit of a barrel racer. …

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