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This month’s issue shares more examples of how massage can help you feel your best and stay healthier. If there are other health conditions you’d like to research to see if massage can help, there are many reports of studies on massage online. Two helpful sites you might like to
investigate are www.massagemag.com and Touch Research Institute’s site:
The Touch Research Institute (TRI) is one the leading sources for massage research and was the first center in the world devoted solely to the study of touch and its application in science and
medicine. The TRI distinguished team of researchers, representing Duke, Harvard, Maryland, and other universities, strive to better define touch as it health and contributes to the treatment of disease.
A little online research can show you even more reasons why massage is one of the best ways you can support your long-term health.
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Growing Body of Massage Therapy Research Illustrates its Effectiveness for Prevalent Health Conditions
Massage therapy shown to be beneficial for those
suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee, inflammation after exercise, chronic
low-back pain and fibromyalgia...
A growing body of evidence shows massage therapy can be effective for a variety of prevalent health conditions, including the pain of osteoarthritis of the knee, inflammation after exercise, chronic low back pain and fibromyalgia. Massage is rapidly becoming recognized as an important
part of health and wellness, and research compiled by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) indicates some of what takes place in the body during massage therapy.
The pain of osteoarthritis of the knee
Research supported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine shows 60-minute sessions of Swedish massage once a week for those with osteoarthritis of the knee significantly reduced their pain. This study, which involved a total group of 125 subjects over an eight-week period, is the latest published research study indicating the benefits of massage therapy for those with osteoarthritis of the knee.
Inflammation after exercise
Research through the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ohio indicates massage therapy reduces inflammation of skeletal muscle acutely damaged through exercise. The study provides evidence for the benefits of massage therapy for those with
musculoskeletal injuries and potentially for those with inflammatory disease. Specifically, evidence at the cellular level showed massage therapy may affect inflammation in a way similar to anti-inflammatory medications.
"This is a new type of research, which can lead to more information on how massage affects muscle," said AMTA President Cynthia Ribeiro. "We encourage more research on the benefits of massage therapy and how and why massage produces the benefits indicated by research."
Chronic low-back pain
Research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine expanded on previous studies demonstrating the effectiveness of massage therapy for chronic low back pain.
"This is the latest step in understanding the positive outcomes for reducing chronic low back pain with massage," said Ribeiro.
Researchers found patients receiving massage were twice as likely as those receiving usual care to report significant improvements in both their pain and function. Massage patients also said they
reduced the amount of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications they took. The study, which took place over 10 weeks, compared both relaxation massage and "structural massage" therapy and found no difference in the results from the type of massage given.
Research published in the international journal
Evidence Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine demonstrated massage-myofascial release techniques improved the response to pain and the quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia. This latest study shows real promise in understanding the effects of massage therapy to relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia. Specifically, the study found reductions in sensitivity to pain at tender points in patients. The research also found that immediately after treatment and one month after the massage program, anxiety levels, quality of sleep, pain and quality of life were still improved.
A health boost from spices --
Your meals may be an easy way to increase metabolism and improve heart health. Researchers at Penn State University prepared two identical high-fat meals for a group of volunteers, then added two tablespoons of a mix of spices—including rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, tumeric, cloves, garlic powder, and paprika—to one of them, transforming a plain chicken dish into chicken curry. Usually, eating rich foods increases blood levels of insulin and triglyceride fats, which heighten the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other illnesses. But when researchers tested the blood of the volunteers after both meals, they found that the spicy version reduced triglyceride levels by 31 percent and insulin levels by 21 percent compared with the blander fare. “I didn’t expect such a large decrease,” study author Sheila West tells NPR.org. Previous research indicates that spices may contain antioxidants—much like chocolate and red wine do—that can help ward off chronic disease. Researchers now hope to figure out what amounts of which spices are the most beneficial, and whether the use of spices reduces the risk of disease over the long term.
– The Week Vol 12 Iss 559
We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly... spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.
— Susan Taylor
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