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How Can Massage Therapy Help With Tennis Elbow?

massage therapy on tennis elbow

Tennis elbow is a condition that is not usually anything to do with tennis, most sufferers of tennis elbow have probably not been near a tennis racket since school! Tennis elbow is, in fact, the term for a condition known clinically as lateral epicondylitis.   Pain is felt around the outside of the elbow, around the outside of the upper forearm and is most keenly felt when lifting or bending the arm. People with tennis elbow may also have difficulty in gripping and twisting the forearm - such as holding pens or opening a jar or turning handles, they may..

Why You Should Make Massage Therapy a Regular Part of Your Lifestyle?

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Regular massage is as important a part of a pro-active plan of preventative medicine as exercise and healthy eating is. It’s estimated that more than 51 million Americans discussed massage therapy with their doctors or health care practitioners in 2018.   This rise in interest in massage therapy as a an essential part of a healthy lifestyle is due to increasing evidence that is can be used to treat a wide range of conditions. Stress Reduction Every year, more than 74 million American adults spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and significant amounts of time seeking relief from stress-based illnesses...

Working As An Office Massage Therapist

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The vast majority of Americans work in an office and work-related stress has become one of the major healthcare factors of the modern workforce. 62% of US workers routinely find that they end the day with work-related neck pain, 44% reported stressed-out eyes, 38% complained of hurting hands and 34% reported difficulty in sleeping because they were too stressed-out To counteract the rising rate of workplace stress and it’s physical consequences, companies are increasingly employing in-office massage therapists. A 15-minute chair massage has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, help staff concentrate more effectively, and reduce the risk of..

Combatting Seasonal Affective Disorder With Massage Therapy

A woman taking massage therapy from a masseuse.

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is recognized as a major depressive disorder with seasonal patterns. One in five Americans are impacted by seasonal change, and that number is even higher in states such as Utah and Nevada. A less severe form of seasonal mood disorder, commonly referred to as the winter blues, impacts an even larger portion of the American public and may be aggravated by the change to Daylight Savings Time. In this article, we will be looking at the causes of SAD and how massage therapy represents a viable treatment for this common depressive disorder What causes SAD?..

How to Use Music As Part Of Massage Therapy?

Getting massage while listening to music

Great massage therapy isn’t just about knowing and applying the right techniques, it’s about setting the scene properly and using everything at your disposal to make the customer as happy and relaxed as possible. Music has a significant part to play in creating that kind of relaxed atmosphere. Think about your favorite song, then consider how just hearing it can smooth away some of the stresses of a troubled day. The right music during massage can have the same effect, allowing you to better relax your patient and for them to have a more enjoyable massage experience. To help you..

What Are The Mental Health Benefits Of Massage?

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Recent medical research has shown a direct causal link between massage therapy and a positive impact on many common mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety. In addition, there is mounting evidence that massage can assist as part a wider program to help treat more complex mental health issues. Below are some of the ways massage therapy is improving people’s mental health,   Mental Health for Veterans The journal for Military Medicine recently published research that found massage therapy helped veterans relieve pain, irritability, tension, worry, anxiety, and depression. As part of treatment for posttraumatic stress, clinical psychologist John..

The Use Of Kinesiology Tape in a Massage Practice

Kinesiology Tape on a woman's' neck in a Massage Practice

The Use Of Kinesiology Tape has been a common part of sports massage therapy since the 1970s. Athletes make use of kinesiology taping to help them build muscle strength and recover from injuries at a faster pace.   Increasingly, massage therapists are using kinesiology taping methods to bring the same benefits that athletes have enjoyed for years to their patients. Taping can be used to assists the body’s natural healing processes and helps to extend the benefits of massage therapy after the session has ended. What is Kinesiology Taping?   Kinesiology, as a discipline, is the study of how the..

How Does Foam Rolling Work?

Pilates instructor helping a woman to use a foa, roller.

The foam rolling technique is becoming increasingly popular amongst those who use massage as a treatment, from physical therapists to athletic trainers. This technique, also known as self-myofascial release, involves using a foam roller, lacrosse ball, Theracane or even your own hands to apply pressure to specific points of your body, assisting in the recovery of  your muscles and allowing them to return normal function.   The technique itself has been around for some time, and yet has risen to prominence only recently. Part of the reason for it’s rising popularity is its effectiveness, with many adherents reporting reduced muscle..

Can Massage Therapy Help With Scleroderma?

Massage Therapy Help with Scleroderma

Scleroderma, also known as systemic sclerosis, is a chronic connective tissue disease, generally classified as an autoimmune rheumatic disease, that affects over 300,000 Americans.  Caused by the body’s auto-immune system triggering inflammation and other tissue abnormalities, symptoms of scleroderma include hardened or thickened skin that looks shiny and smooth, ulceration of fingertips, small red spots on the face and chest, painful or swollen joints and muscle weakness.   Although it differs from person to person, scleroderma can be very serious, with an untreated case leading to acute kidney disease, pulmonary hypertension, lung inflammation and gastrointestinal problems. Currently, there is no..

4 Great Reasons To Choose Massage Therapy As A Career

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Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions you can make in your life. The job you choose will take up around 40 hours of your week, every week, for most of your life, so finding the right job is hugely important. There’s nothing worse than hating a job you’ll be spending most of your time doing.   Many people are now finding that massage therapy is an excellent career choice, providing great job satisfaction, great earning potential and a fantastic fit for their other lifestyle commitments.   Massage therapy is also a growing sector, with employment for..