January 16, 2005
A Hands-On Approach to Improved Health
January 2005 [Mayo Clinic]
Newswise — What therapy can help decrease pain, anxiety, stress and depression? It can help patients with arthritis, lymphedema, fibromyalgia, scleroderma, pregnancy and psychological disorders. And it even can help relieve agitation that may occur with Alzheimer’s disease and the rigidity associated with Parkinson’s disease.
The therapy isn’t a new discovery. It’s massage -- one of the oldest forms of therapy. Today, there’s growing interest in the benefits of massage used in conjunction with other conventional medical treatments. Massage uses positioning, hands-on pressure and movement to promote relaxation and to loosen and increase motion in muscles.
The January issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter lists potential benefits of massage:
* Improved circulation, which can be helpful in wound healing after surgery, in improving blood pressure and in relieving fluid buildup in arms and legs.
* The release of stress-reducing hormones -- such as endorphins -- that can increase energy and reduce the risk of illnesses caused by chronic stress.
* Reduced pain, which can promote muscle relaxation and healing of muscles.
* Improved range of motion, increased flexibility and reduced risk of injury.
If massage sounds intriguing, ask your doctor if massage is safe for you. It isn’t always advisable if you have skin with open sores, active cancer or conditions such as severe varicose veins or phlebitis.
Seek out an experienced professional. Training and certification vary widely, and licensing isn’t required in every state.
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Posted by Nancy at January 16, 2005 11:41 PM