Massage for Health Conditions
Research continues to show that massage therapy can be effective for a number of conditions and demographics. See how massage therapy can play an important role in health and wellness regimens. If you have a medical conditon, always check with your doctor before beginning massage therapy
Potential Benefits of Prenatal/Pregnancy Massage:
- Reduced back pain.
- Reduced joint pain.
- Improved circulation.
- Reduced edema.
- Reduced muscle tension and headaches.
- Reduced stress and anxiety.
- Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles.
- Better sleep
Potential Benefits of Oncology Massage:
"People in hospital had a 20-minute massage, and people treated as outpatients had a 60-minute session. The study found that overall, massage therapy reduced pain,nausea, fatigue, anxiety and depression. The benefits lasted longer in the patients who had the 60-minute session." - www.cancercouncil.com.au
Talking to Your Physician About Massage
Responding to patient demand and the increasing cost of health care, more and more hospitals are taking a good look at complementary and alternative therapies—including massage therapy—to help patients with a variety of issues. From back and neck pain to stress relief, doctors and hospitals are beginning to think a little differently about how they might help patients better deal with some of these conditions.
According to the results of a survey conducted by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and Samueli Institute , a nonprofit research organization, 40 percent of hospitals indicated they offer one or more alternative therapies in 2010—up a full 37 percent from 2007.
“Today’s patients have better access to health information and are demanding more personalized care,” says Sita Ananth, study author and director of knowledge services for the Samueli Institute. “The survey results reinforce the fact that patients want the best that both conventional and alternative medicine can offer, and hospitals are responding.”
Of the hospitals that responded to the survey, 64 percent reported using massage therapy as part of outpatient care, and 44 percent use massage therapy as part of inpatient care.
Read more at: https://www.amtamassage.org/articles/4/eTouch/detail/2508