The field of oncology massage has grown leaps and bounds over the past decade. With the increase in evidence-
Everyone has a temporomandibular joint (TMJ). It allows you to chew food, talk and open your jaw to sing. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD) manifests in many ways, such as pain in the face, ears, neck and shoulder; sinus pain; pain when chewing or talking; jaw clicking or popping; headaches; and locking jaw. Often people suffering with these symptoms develop social and emotional complications as well. Social anxiety can develop from the embarrassment of not being able to properly….
Over the years many studies have shown a massage has amazing benefits to our overall wellness, such as reduced stress, improved range of motion and reduced pain. However, we rarely have a chance to discuss the benefits of giving a massage. Becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) is an incredible journey, and often, an incredible career. Learning to become a massage therapist can benefit all age groups and walks of life; such as recent high-
Are you feeling a little down – or even really down – lately? Have you found yourself loading up on carbohydrates and staying in bed later? Maybe you have a sense of blah you just cannot seem to shake. It sounds as though you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). According to Mental Health America*, SAD affects four out of five Americans every year, particularly women ages 20 to 30 years. SAD saps your energy, leaving you feeling lethargic.
Surgery, while often a necessity, can be a traumatic event, causing pain and discomfort to the body. Research indicates many patients descend into chronic post-
Are you a woman who gets massages? If so, what is your reason for calling and making that appointment? We all have different reasons as women for seeking massage therapy. Perhaps it is to relax. Maybe it is because you are a mom and you need some mommy time. Maybe you are an active woman and you get massage to aide in your recovery from the gym. Perhaps you are having a difficult monthly cycle and massage helps ease your discomfort.
It can be extremely difficult to find and make time for ourselves. Life gets in the way and sometimes other people become more of a priority to us than ourselves. Many people do find and make time for exercise, however. Each of us has our own motivation to stay healthy in our movement and we have our own reasons and desires to make exercise part of our lifestyle.
Managing pain for patients in an acute care setting can be a tricky situation for hospitals. Medical professionals don’t want to undertreat, inadequately manage or overtreat pain. Any of these options could lead to unpleasant physical and psychological outcomes for patients and their families. And in the face of the nation’s opioid epidemic, hospitals and accreditation organizations across the United States are adopting complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) initiatives….
We’ve all had a painful day — a headache that seems to drain us or a toothache that won’t abate until we’ve found ourselves in a dentist’s chair. For most of us, those days are few and far between. With a little time and some over-
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Managing pain for patients in an acute care setting can be a tricky situation for hospitals. Medical professionals don’t want to undertreat, inadequately manage or overtreat pain. Any of these options could lead to unpleasant physical and psychological outcomes for patients and their families. And in the face of the nation’s opioid epidemic, hospitals and accreditation organizations across the United States are adopting complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) initiatives such as massage therapy to address pain treatment strategies, according to a study published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.
Study Overview and Results
Conducted at Flagstaff Medical Center in Flagstaff, Ariz., a nonprofit community hospital that serves a large rural area of northern Arizona, researchers provided 53 hospital patients with one or more massage therapy sessions. The sessions averaged 30 minutes each and were administered by three licensed massage therapists employed by the hospital. The most common modalities included gentle Swedish massage, acupressure, craniosacral therapy and cross-
The study included patients from medical, surgical and obstetrics units. Pain levels before and after massage therapy were recorded using a zero to 10 visual analog scale. The findings determined before
massage, the mean pain level recorded by the patients was 5.18. After massage, the mean pain level was 2.33.
In the end, qualitative data illustrated improvement in all areas. The most significant areas of impact reported were overall pain level, emotional well-
The study report’s primary findings show a strong correlation between reduction of pain levels after massage therapy and statistically significant differences in pain scores before and after massage. The perception among participants of improved pain levels and less need for pain medication underscore the promise of massage therapy’s positive effect on pain management protocols.
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Jeff Zutant is a licensed massage therapist (LMT) and a staff member at Lexington Healing Arts Academy. Beyond his role as massage therapist Jeff coordinates the academy's compliance efforts including student retention and placement.