Another year is almost done; it’s about that time to reflect on the past 12 months and plan for the future.
Here’s hoping you can spend some quiet time this month for personal reflection, as well as being able to visit with your loved ones.
December can present some health challenges for everyone, with the beginning of cold and flu season and all the tempting tasty treats that go with the holiday celebrations. Remember, a little moderation can go a long way! Enjoy yourself, but take it easy.
This month’s issue features more recent news that massage is the ideal therapy to support good health. It’s always reassuring to see the many ways that regular massage can benefit your health—from boosting your immune system to better sleep. So, be sure to give your health a helping hand and schedule your next massage.
If you’re still trying to decide what to give some of the folks on your shopping list this holiday season, remember that massage gift certificates are a wonderful solution—and just a phone call away!
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New Survey Shows Consumers Seek Massage for Regular Health Maintenance
Primary reason individuals receive massage therapy is for medical reasons
Recent results from the 16th annual consumer survey conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) reveal more consumers are incorporating massage therapy into their regular health and wellness regimens to assist with medical conditions. In fact, 75 percent of individuals claim the primary reason for receiving a massage in the past 12 months was medical (43 percent) and stress (32 percent) related. Medical reasons include pain relief, soreness, stiffness or spasms, injury recovery, migraines, prevention, and general well-being.
"The findings from this year's survey display a growing sense of awareness among consumers about massage being an effective tool for a variety of health conditions," says Cynthia Ribeiro, AMTA president. "Physicians are recommending massage therapy to their patients for stress-related tension, pain relief and injuries, as well as to help maintain overall health and wellness."
The survey results, released in conjunction with National Massage Therapy Awareness Week, Oct. 21 to Oct. 27, indicate that 87 percent of individuals view massage as being beneficial to overall health and wellness.
Given the distinct consumer understanding of the health benefits of massage, an increasing number of people are consulting their physicians about massage therapy, with 50 percent stating that their doctor has either strongly recommended or encouraged them to get a massage. This suggests consumers and health care professionals regard massage as a viable option to address health concerns.
"A growing body of evidence shows that massage therapy can be effective for a variety of health conditions and massage is rapidly becoming recognized as an important part of health and wellness," said Dr. Keri Peterson, board certified internal medicine physician. "Many of my patients come to me with chronic pain including back and knee pain, as well as migraines and injuries after exercise. I am now referring more people than ever to meet with massage therapists as an alternative, before considering surgery or prescribing prescriptions."
Supported research shows that massage therapy can improve quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia, reduce inflammation of skeletal muscle acutely damaged with exercise and help relieve chronic lower back pain. In addition, research supported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) shows that a 60-minute Swedish massage once a week for those with osteoarthritis of the knee significantly reduced their pain.
According to the AMTA survey, consumers recognize the role massage therapy has in pain management, with 89 percent of respondents viewing massage to be effective in reducing pain. In general, almost 30 percent have used massage therapy at some time for pain relief.
Massage Therapy Benefits Cardiac Surgery Patients, According to New Research Massage therapy significantly reduces pain, anxiety and muscular tension following cardiac surgery, while also improving relaxation, according to new research.
A total of 152 elective cardiac surgery patients were randomized to receive massage or rest time at two points after surgery, according to an abstract published on www.pubmed.gov.
"Nurses and physiotherapists observed patient improvements and helped facilitate delivery of the treatment by the massage therapists on the ward," the abstract noted.
• Massage therapy produced a significantly greater reduction in pain, anxiety and muscular tension than did rest;
• Massage therapy produced increases in relaxation and satisfaction compared with rest;
• No significant differences were seen for heart rate, respiratory rate or blood pressure;
• Pain was significantly reduced after massage on day three or four and day five or six. The rest group experienced no significant change at either time.
"Massage therapy for cardiac surgery patients–a randomized trial" is published in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, published by Mosby.
To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.
— Marilyn vos Savant
The content of this letter is not intended to replace professional medical advice.
If you’re ill, please consult a physician.
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