June 1, 2013 — Pain can negatively affect a person's quality of life and impede recovery from illness or injury. Recent research compiled by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) suggests that massage can be a helpful pain management strategy for manually controlling symptoms in people suffering metastatic cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, among other illnesses, as well as post-cardiac surgery pain.
Massage Therapy for Improved Pain and Sleep in Metastatic Cancer Patients: Research1 published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that therapeutic massage at home for metastatic cancer patients can improve their overall quality of life by reducing pain and improving sleep quality.
American Massage Therapy Association President Winona Bontrager, says of the study, "These findings suggest that cancer patients can also benefit from professional massage, both physically and mentally, providing the necessary comfort during advanced stages of the disease."
Massage Therapy for Decreased Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients: Research2 published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice showed that adults with rheumatoid arthritis may feel a decrease in pain, as well as greater grip strength and range of motion in writs and large upper joins, after receiving regular moderate-pressure massages during a four-week period.
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There is a lot of information out there about massage its benefits and practice. I tend to go with what works, follow what I feel, and communicate with those that I am working on to find the best results. One of my most recent appointments I found myself at work on a shoulder issue. I could spend an hour on the shoulder and cuff, and connective tissue. I know this because Massage is not just relaxing it is also therapeutic.
Combining therapies into blends of Eastern and Western, as I do, helps me to work with my people through the therapy that they are most comfortable with. Regardless of the massage modality and whether the intent is the need to unwind and relax, or relieve pain or tension, I think massage is beneficial to almost everyone.*