Concerning Science and Massage Therapy
Scientific research has proven massage therapy to be beneficial in treating patients with the following conditions:
Arthritis – is a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation of one or more joints. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis. The most common form, osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), is a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, or age.
Anxiety – is an unpleasant state of inner turmoil and apprehension, often accompanied by nervous behavior, such as pacing back and forth, somatic complaints and rumination.
Depression – is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being. You may feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, worried, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, hurt, or restless.
Fibromyalgia – is characterized by chronic widespread pain and allodynia (a heightened and painful response to pressure). Symptoms can include fatigue, sleep disturbance, and joint stiffness.
Hypertension/High Blood Pressure – is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is elevated. This requires the heart to work harder than normal to circulate blood through the blood vessels.
Muscle Atrophy – decrease in the mass of the muscle; it can be a partial or complete wasting away of muscle. When a muscle atrophies, this leads to muscle weakness, since the ability to exert force is related to mass
Muscle Cramps and Spasms – sudden, involuntary contractions or spasms in one or more of your muscles. They often occur after exercise or at night, lasting a few seconds to several minutes. It is a very common muscle problem. Can be caused by nerves that malfunction.
Nerve Impingement – or a Subluxation, occurs when a misalignment of one or more of the joints in the spine places pressure on a nerve. Nerves communicate from the brain through the spinal cord and nervous system. Pressure on the nerves can cause interference with the transmitted signal. This can cause pain and/or discomfort, as well as other symptoms.
Sciatica – is a set of symptoms including pain that may be caused by general compression or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots that give rise to each sciatic nerve, or by compression or irritation of the left or right or both sciatic nerves. Symptoms include lower back pain, buttock pain, and pain, numbness or weakness in various parts of the leg and foot.
Sleep Disorders – is a medical disorder of the sleep patterns of a person. Some sleep disorders are serious enough to interfere with normal physical, mental and emotional functioning.
Tendonitis – when tendons become inflamed for a variety of reasons, and the action of pulling the muscle becomes irritating. If the normal smooth gliding motion of your tendon is impaired, the tendon will become inflamed and movement will become painful.
Tension Migraine Headache – the most common type of headaches among adults. These migraines are commonly referred to as stress headaches, happen periodically and may last from 30 minutes or up to several days.
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – sometimes mistaken as Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
Trigger Points – unexplained pain frequently radiates from these points of local tenderness to broader areas, sometimes distant from the trigger point itself