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July 2017

Hello, and welcome to this month’s article! How goes your summer? Remember that one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do for your overall health is to drink adequate amounts of pure water. Dehydration can lead to many health complaints from headaches to rapid heart rate and confusion. Staying hydrated is essential to good health, so drink up!

This issue contains excerpts from two articles discussing the use of massage in the medical world. An interesting point to take from these articles is that traditional medical providers are recognizing that massage helps in proper body function and the healing process.

With that in mind, how helpful do you think massage is in keeping you healthy and avoiding or lessening more serious forms of illness and disease? The more you know about massage, the more you’ll value its benefits.

Make the most of your summer with a relaxing massage! Even when you can’t get out of town, you can still “get away from it all” for an hour or so with some soothing bodywork.

See you soon for your next appointment! Until then, take care.

Massage As Medicine
By Kirstin Fawcett

Once viewed as a luxury, massage is increasingly recognized as an alternative medical treatment. According to a recent consumer survey sponsored by the American Massage Therapy Association, 77 percent of respondents said their primary reason for receiving a massage in the past year was medical or stress-related. Perhaps it's not surprising, then, that medical centers nationwide now offer massage as a form of patient treatment. The American Hospital Association recently surveyed 1,007 hospitals about their use of complementary and alternative medicine therapies, and more than 80 percent said they offered massage therapy. Upwards of 70 percent said they used massage for pain management and relief.

"The medical community is more accepting of massage therapy than ever before," says Jerrilyn Cambron, board president of the Massage Therapy Foundation. "Many massage therapists now have active, fruitful relationships with conventional care providers."

How Massage Works

... [A]ll massages boil down to the same thing: the therapeutic manipulation of the body’s soft tissues using a series of pressured movements. A massage therapist uses his or her hands, elbows, fingers, knees or forearms to administer touches ranging from light strokes to deep kneading motions. Occasionally, therapists will also use a massage device.

Most people agree massage feels good. But does science support the notion that it’s good for you?

“We do not yet have a complete understanding of what happens physiologically during massage or why it works,” Cambron says. But a recent study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine suggests massage reduces the body’s production of cytokines—proteins that contribute to inflammation. Massage therapy was also shown to stimulate mitochondria, the energy-producing units in cells that aid in cell function and repair.

Plus, massage is thought to reduce cortisol levels and regulate the body’s sympathetic nervous system—both of which go haywire when you’re stressed, says Lisa Corbin, an associate professor at University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine. ...


Massage Is An “Invaluable Resource” For Hospitals

The general public understands that massage is good medicine, and this is reflected in the growing use of massage therapy and energy work in U.S. hospitals.

According to research conducted in January 2017, 82 percent of hospital patients claimed massage therapy was the most helpful form of hospital therapy. The patients in this survey were between the ages of 19-95 years old, according to the report.

“On a daily basis, the acute pain service sees firsthand the benefits that massage provides our patients, with improved mood, function and overall comfort,” said Lynn Anson, R.N., B.C., a pain management nurse at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri. ...

Massage therapy alleviates the anxiety associated with painful medical procedures, and is sometimes offered during such procedures, said Gayle MacDonald, L.M.T., an oncology massage educator and author of books, including Massage for the Hospital Patient and Medically Frail Client, who teaches massage at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. ...

The tension relieved often leads to patients sleeping better, which helps them heal faster.


Your amazing body...

  • In the adult human body, there are 46 miles of nerves
  • It takes 25 muscles to swallow
  • An average pair of feet sweats a pint of perspiration a day
  • When you stub your toe, your brain registers pain in 1/50 of a second
  • You burn 3.5 calories each time you laugh

Source: This Book of More Perfectly Useless Information by Mitchell Symons

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The content of this article is not designed to replace professional medical advice. If you’re ill, consult a physician.
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