"Every human being is the author of his own health or disease"
One of the most common psychiatric diagnostic labels given to children. Massage has a calming effect because it triggers the parasypathetic nervous system.
- Alzheimer's Disease
This is the most common form of dementia & the 7th most common cause of death in the United States. Massage benefits Alzheimer's patients by helping them keep a connection to the real world. Touch is one of the first senses to develop & when degenerative illness occurs, it's the last sense to go.
- Anxiety Disorders
When you experience anxiety, your body produces a lot of the stress hormone cortisol. Massage lowers cortisol levels & also gets rid of the muscle tension.
There are 200 different types of arthritis. The most common types are rheumatoid arthritis & osteoarthritis. While massage can't heal arthritis, people with arthritis can still experience the benefits of massage therapy because it reduces inflamation, pain & stress on the joints.
- Back pain
Mssage can looosen tight muscles, relieve pain & reduce tightness.
Massage can help decrease pain & anxiety in patients during & after cancer treatments.
- Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Therapeutic massage is aimed at helping the body function better by using techniques such as myofascial release to get muscles & connective tissues to relax & function properly.
Massage relaxes tense muscles, relieves muscle spasms, improves blood flow & aids relaxation, it can be helpful for relieving the pain of both tension & vascular headaches.
Massage is just one of the many natural treatments that can be used to help diminish the many symptoms of menopause.
- Muscle Spasms & Cramps
Massage benefits by helping the muscle relax & bringing more blood to the damaged tissue.
- Neck & Shoulder Pain
Massage brings renewed mobility in the neck & shoulder region. It reduces muscle tension & inflammation, improves circulation & promotes an overall feeling of well being.
- Plantar Fasciitis
Deep tissue massage breaks down the adhesions in the muscles, tendons & ligaments that can block circulation, limit movement & causes inflammation, which causes pain or discomfort.
- Sports injury
Whether you are a professional athlete, a serious exerciser or a casual trainer, sports massage can improve your results, increase your abilities & help you recover from sports-related injuries.
Massage increases circulation, relaxes sore muscles, invigorates the lymph system, reduces pain, & increases flexibility in joints to improve range of motion. With all of these benefits, the body should feel less stress & pain. Massage also helps the body release natural painkillers, which may help boost the immune system.
Massage Therapy Studies
There have been numerous studies done at The Mayo Clinic & The Touch Research Institute which have proven that Massage Therapy improves the overall well being of an individual.
- Fibromyalgia sufferers reported that massage therapy reduced pain, lowered anxiety and decreased depression;
- HIV patients had a significant increase in the "natural killer cells", a decrease in anxiety and depression;
- Cancer patients reported feeling less depressed, having more energy, less nausea during treatments and their dopamine levels, natural killer cells & lymphocytes increased;
- Children with ADD showed behavior improvement, to be less hyperactive & were able to stay more on task;
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