Back Pain


Consistently Proven to be beneficial


"The role of massage in low back pain has been assessed in a number of trials. Whilst the methodology of the reviews differs there does appear to be a consistent finding that massage may be of benefit in low back pain. Massage appears to be a worthwhile therapy for patient with back pain of more than 6 weeks duration. As with many other aspects of the treatment of back pain it is often difficult to isolate one treatment alone and there appears to be evidence to suggest that massage may be most effective when combined with exercise treatments."


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Back Pain


Superior for pain


"Massage was compared to an inert therapy (sham treatment) in two studies that showed that massage was superior for pain and function on both short and long-term follow-ups. In eight studies, massage was compared to other active treatments. They showed that massage was similar to exercises, and massage was superior to joint mobilization, relaxation therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture and self-care education"


Massagefor low-backpain - 4 Copyright © 2010 The Cochrane Collaboration. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd


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Back Pain


40% patients pain free


"At the end of the 10-week treatment, nearly 40 percent of patients in the massage groups said their pain was nearly or completely gone, compared to 4 percent in the usual care group, which included treatments such as taking pain medications or muscle relaxants, seeing doctors or physical therapists, or not doing anything."


http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/massage-better-than-meds-for-back-pain-research-finds-2309211.html


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Back Pain


Patients twice as likely to see improvements


"Demonstrating the effectiveness of massage therapy for chronic low back pain. Researchers found that “patients receiving massage were twice as likely as those receiving usual care to report significant improvements in both their pain and function"


http://www.amtamassage.org/research/Massage-in-the-News.html


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Back Pain


Non-invasive and very low risk


"massage is non-invasive and considered very low risk for most people. In addition to physical benefits, certain types of massage have been shown to help psychologically via relaxation and increased production of 'feel good' chemicals that the body naturally produces (endorphins)--helpful for people with both acute back problems and chronic back pain" "massage is non-invasive and considered very low risk for most people. In addition to physical benefits, certain types of massage have been shown to help psychologically via relaxation and increased production of 'feel good' chemicals that the body naturally produces (endorphins)--helpful for people with both acute back problems and chronic back pain" "massage is non-invasive and considered very low risk for most people. In addition to physical benefits, certain types of massage have been shown to help psychologically via relaxation and increased production of 'feel good' chemicals that the body naturally produces (endorphins)--helpful for people with both acute back problems and chronic back pain"


http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/massage-therapy/can-massage-help-your-back-problem


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Stress


Reduces levels of stress


"For the same reasons that a massage is relaxing, it can also soothe anxiety and depression. Massage reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, resulting in lifted spirits and often lower blood pressure. It can also boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which are involved in depression."


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/08/massage-benefits-health_n_1261178.html


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Stress


Release tension, energise & improve posture


"massage is an effective model in treating stress and some of the osteopathic problems associated with sitting at desks for too long. Massages can stimulate blood flow to different muscle groups, can release tension in muscles, energise, and improve posture."


http://www.stress.org.uk/Massage-tips.aspx


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Stress


On-site Massage is effective strategy to relive stress at work


"High levels of anxiety and stress can be detrimental to the physical and emotional health of emergency nurses and the provision of a support mechanism such as on-site massage as an effective strategy should be considered."


http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2007.01709.x/abstract;jsessionid=F3F3A39C0F6442C16D7621D00B45CB8E.f02t03?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=&userIsAuthenticated=false


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Arthritis


Improve circulation & reduce your pain levels


"Massage can reduce your anxiety and stress levels, relieve muscular tension and fatigue, improve circulation and thus reduce your pain levels"


http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/complementary-and-alternative-medicines/complementary-therapies/massage.aspx


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Arthritis


Relax & improve muscles condition


"Massage can help relax the muscles and improve their condition by increasing blood flow. This can provide temporary relief from localised pain."


http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=7&cad=rja&ved=0CGkQFjAG&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.arthritiscare.org.uk%2F%403235%2FListedbytype%2FBooklets%2Fmain_content%2FCopingwithpainbooklet2011.pdf&ei=TfFfUuyjEISO7Qb_v4DYAQ&usg=AFQjCNFrGUnJj2iw4XuZUVCFOjwVxBEyUw


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Mental Health


Manage conditions associated with dementia


"Massage and touch may serve as alternatives or complements to other therapies for the management of behavioural, emotional and perhaps other conditions associated with dementia."


http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD004989.pub2/pdf/abstract


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Mental Health


Restored with the healing touch of massage


"Symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression (all diseases of poor mental health) may be alleviated in massage therapy. In treating pain-causing injuries, physical illness and the individual as a whole, mental health can be restored with the healing touch of massage"


http://www.naturaltherapypages.co.uk/article/Massage_and_Mental_Health


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Mental Health


Raise self worth in mental health patients


"Massage can be an important tool in helping to raise self worth in mental health patients"


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-133786/How-massage-help-hospital-patients.html


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Cancer


Reduced symptoms such as pain, nausea & fatigue


"One large observational study of people with cancer suggested that massage therapy reduced symptoms such as pain, nausea, anxiety, depression and fatigue"


http://www.nhs.uk/ipgmedia/national/Macmillan%20Cancer%20Support/Assets/MassagetherapyandenergybasedtherapiesMCS6pages.pdf


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Cancer


Physical, emotional & psychological benefits


"People with cancer who have had massage report physical, emotional and psychological benefits. There is randomised controlled trial research evidence to suggest massage and help with pain, anxiety, depression, stress, and immune function"


http://www.nhs.uk/ipgmedia/national/Penny%20Brohn%20Cancer%20Care/Assets/Meditationandmindfulness(PBCC).pdf


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Cancer


Offered as cancer care in medical profession


"Massage is one of the oldest therapies there is. It’s now often offered as part of cancer care in hospital wards, hospices, community health services and in some GP surgeries."


http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Cancerinformation/Cancertreatment/Complementarytherapies/Typesoftherapies/Massagetherapy.aspx


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Cancer


An ideal therapy for many


"For any cancer patient and especially a child, a little relief can mean a lot. Extra benefits which occur during a massage are that levels of feel-good neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine spike, oxytocin (which is the nurturing, cuddle hormone) are increased, as the stress hormone cortisol levels reduce. Given that 15-20% of cancer patients become clinically depressed at some stage during their illness, the release of these feel-good neurotransmitters can be very important. Even for those who do not reach the stage of clinical depression, hospitalisation, ongoing treatments and dealing with stress can make massage an ideal therapy for many.""For any cancer patient and especially a child, a little relief can mean a lot. Extra benefits which occur during a massage are that levels of feel-good neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine spike, oxytocin (which is the nurturing, cuddle hormone) are increased, as the stress hormone cortisol levels reduce. Given that 15-20% of cancer patients become clinically depressed at some stage during their illness, the release of these feel-good neurotransmitters can be very important. Even for those who do not reach the stage of clinical depression, hospitalisation, ongoing treatments and dealing with stress can make massage an ideal therapy for many."


http://www.montyscorner.org/content/massage-cancer?gclid=CJTZrtXu6rgCFU_MtAodkTgAXw


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Cancer


Safe & can bring many benefits


"Gentle massage to areas not affected by cancer or its treatments, when practiced by a therapist who has had appropriate experience or training, is considered safe and can bring many benefits"


http://www.nhs.uk/ipgmedia/national/Penny%20Brohn%20Cancer%20Care/Assets/Meditationandmindfulness(PBCC).pdf


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Cancer


89% Patient improvement


“'Recent research carried out at the Haven Breast Cancer charity showed that as many as 89 per cent of patients feel better as the result of receiving complementary therapies alongside traditional medical treatment”


http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/complementary-health/gps-using-complementary-and-alternative-therapies.html


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Cancer


Improves self-image


"massage improves self-image in individuals with physical disabilities and terminal illnesses"


http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/complementary-health/gps-using-complementary-and-alternative-therapies.html


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Heart Disease


Improvement in cardiac output


"A team at Stirling University in Scotland has found that when volunteers undergo reflexology massage of the heart point - located somewhere on the ball of the left foot - they exhibit a “subtle” improvement in cardiac output. This is a measure of how efficiently it is pumping"


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9398070/Reflexology-improves-heart-efficiency-claim-researchers.html


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Heart Disease


Promotes psychological wellbeing


Within the following study "The impact of foot massage and guided relaxation following cardiac surgery . . . These interventions appear to be effective, non-invasive techniques for promoting psychological wellbeing in this patient group."


http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2648.2002.02083.x/abstract?deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=&userIsAuthenticated=false


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Skin Disorders


Improved atopic dermatitis condition


"Overall the results of this study suggest that parents benefit from giving their children massage and children who receive massage therapy show an improvement in their atopic dermatitis condition"


http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/crdweb/ShowRecord.asp?LinkFrom=OAI&ID=21998001530#.Ul_bcKhwbIU


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Skin Disorders


Fewer side effects


"Massage is used to treat a range of ailments and conditions, including eczema. Though there are conventional medical treatments for skin conditions such as eczema, there is a growing trend for alternative, non-medical therapies which typically have fewer side effects"


http://www.naturaltherapypages.co.uk/article/Massage_for_Eczema


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Skin Disorders


Stimulate fluid flow & reduce swelling


"The recommended treatment for lymphoedema is a treatment plan called Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT). There are four components to CDT treatment including; Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a specialised massage technique designed to stimulate the flow of fluid and reduce swelling"


http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Lymphoedema/Pages/Treatment.aspx


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Insomnia


Improved the quality of sleep


"sixty postpartum women reporting poor quality of sleep were recruited from February 2012 to May2012 - an intervention involving back massage in the postnatal period significantly improved the quality of sleep"


http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0266613812002112


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Insomnia


Increased serotonin levels


"A study on back pain, conducted in January 2000 by the Touch Research Institute in conjunction with the University of Miami School of Medicine and Iris Burman of Miami’s Educating Hands School of Massage demonstrated that in addition to a decrease in long-term pain, subjects receiving massage experienced improved sleep and an increase in serotonin levels"


http://www.integrativehealthcare.org/mt/archives/2005/08/insomnia_seroto.html


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Insomnia


Significant improvement in 96% patients


"In a multi-centric controlled study, massage was done to treat insomnia and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and the Sleepless Anxiety Scale Sleepless Depression Scale were used to evaluate patient symptoms. They concluded that there was a significant improvement in 96% of the cases, similar to the trend observed in this study"


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3059875/


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Depression & Anxiety


Reduced anxiety levels


"Scientific research has shown that massage can reduce our anxiety levels. Those suffering from chronic anxiety disorders, muscle tension and pain, that did not respond to all medications available, did respond after several sessions of massage"


http://www.naturaltherapypages.co.uk/article/Massage_and_Mental_Health


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Depression & Anxiety


Reduces palpitations, a tight chest & shallow breathing


"On a physical level, massage actively promotes the circulation of blood and lymph through the body, aids digestion, and alleviates chronic muscle tension. It helps with the symptoms of anxiety and panic, such as palpitations, a tight chest, and shallow breathing."


http://www.mentalhealthintheuk.co.uk/Mindguidetomassage.pdf


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Depression & Anxiety


Less anxious & more positive


"Researchers at the Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Trust in Reading, studied the effects of massage and massage using aromatherapy oils in the intensive care unit as a means of helping to alleviate anxiety and stress.
Around 122 patients were selected to receive either massage, aromatherapy massage, or bed rest. All of the patients were assessed before and after the therapy sessions. Results showed that the patients in the aromatherapy group were found to be less anxious and more positive immediately after the treatment"


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-133786/How-massage-help-hospital-patients.html


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Musculoskeletal disorder


Promotes relaxation & improves sleep


"Therapeutic massage is the manipulation of the soft tissue of whole body areas to bring about generalized improvements in health, such as relaxation or improved sleep, or specific physical benefits, such as relief of muscular aches and pains.​"


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1071543/


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Musculoskeletal disorder


Significantly reduces pain


"Research supported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) showed that sixty minute sessions of Swedish massage once a week for those with osteoarthritis of the knee significantly reduced their pain"


http://www.amtamassage.org/research/Massage-in-the-News.html


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Musculoskeletal disorder


Improves quality of life


"massage-myofascial release techniques improved pain and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia"


http://www.amtamassage.org/research/Massage-in-the-News.html


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Musculoskeletal disorder


Clinically beneficial


"Complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) is immensely popular for musculoskeletal conditions"


www.bprclinrheum.com/article/S1521-6942(04)00046-4/abstract


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Musculoskeletal disorder


Reduces inflammation and promoting mitochondrial biogenesis


"when administered to skeletal muscle that has been acutely damaged through exercise, massage therapy appears to be clinically beneficial by reducing inflammation and promoting mitochondrial biogenesis"


stm.sciencemag.org/content/4/119/119ra13


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