Hello, and welcome to this month’s article! Do you have any areas of your health you’d like to see improved? Better sleep? Less stress? More energy? Reduced pain? Better mood?
This month’s featured guest article is a nice review of some of the benefits that regular massage could contribute to your health. If you have any specific health concerns or questions about what massage can do for you, be sure to ask at your next appointment.
The second article includes excerpts from an interview conducted by Karen Menehan, the editor in chief of MASSAGE Magazine. Karen talks with a therapist who practices oncology massage about how massage can benefit those undergoing cancer treatment.
Keep in mind that receiving regular massages can increase your overall benefits, rather than waiting until you really feel the need for a massage. Those regular sessions tend to build a momentum to your health, helping to keep your various body systems operating more effectively.
Enjoy your month; see you soon!
If you think getting a massage is an overindulgent luxury, think again
by Cathrine Weaver
Massage is often seen as a luxury that helps with relaxation. The American Massage Therapy Association reports that 28 percent of people who get a massage state it is to reduce stress and relax. However, massage is also a beneficial, non-invasive way to help improve your health.
Seeing a licensed massage therapist to reduce stress can provide the health benefits of reducing blood pressure, improving quality of sleep and help you cope better with everyday life demands, but massage can do so much more.
Research conducted between 2008 and 2012 by the National Center for Complementary Integrative Health showed that massage can help with chronic back or neck pain, and pain associated with arthritis.
Massage also can relieve discomfort from sore muscles, help with range of motion, promote healing by increasing circulation to areas related to injury, reduce episodes of headaches, boost your immune system, and even help with problems related to carpal tunnel syndrome.
For those effects to be beneficial, visits to your massage therapist should be done regularly.
Health maintenance of any type, whether good eating habits, exercise, health checkups or stress management, create positive effects when done as a regular habit. This is also true of massage. Getting a massage once in a while to treat yourself is a temporary moment of relaxation, but regular massage creates a cumulative effect for your body and your mind.
Sitting at a computer every day for hours can create constant tightness in shoulder and neck muscles. As a result, you may find it difficult to turn your head, or you may experience frequent tension headaches. Regular massage can help counteract those effects by gently, gradually loosening the tension. The long-term effect is fewer headaches, more relaxed posture and probably better concentration. ...
Massage Therapy Has Grown in National Cancer Institute-Designated Health Systems
by Karen Menehan
A cancer patient might face such medical procedures as surgery, medication and chemotherapy, as well as ongoing treatment post-recovery.
Increasingly, therapies such as massage are used to mitigate pain and anxiety.
A new analysis of U.S. cancer centers’ websites indicates massage, along with acupuncture, consultations about nutrition and dietary supplements are the integrative therapies most commonly offered in National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated health systems. ...
MASSAGE Magazine spoke with a leading oncology massage educator to help determine the reasons behind this growth.
Johnnette du Rand Kelly is a massage therapist who practices oncology massage. She is also founding director of Greet The Day, an organization that provides therapies for cancer patients.
MM: The authors of the analysis mentioned that conventional cancer treatments can produce challenging effects like hot flashes, nausea and fatigue. How does massage therapy benefit cancer patients?
JK: Research shows that massage reduces pain and anxiety.
When a cancer patient or family member asks me about the benefits of massage, I often like to also add that it is touch that feels good at a time when touch often does not, and that massage is a reminder for the patient that they can feel better, possibly even good, at a time when their body hurts.
Being able to meet the basic human need of safe and comforting touch is in and of itself therapeutic.
MM: In your experience, what has the response been by cancer patients to massage therapy? Are they aware of it, do they feel better after receiving it, do they request it?
JK: In both in- and out-patient settings, patients’ response to massage is, unsurprisingly, very welcoming and overwhelmingly receptive.
In the two academic cancer centers that Greet The Day works in, the patients who are aware of massage as an available service regularly request it. For others, it’s a pleasant surprise to be offered massage as a part of their care. ...
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