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Therapeutic Massage Therapy

By Michele Scott

Therapeutic Massage, used in China for over 3,000 years, soothes aches and pains, improves mood and eases feelings of estrangement. A scientifically proven therapy, suggested by doctors, counselors and therapist, Therapeutic Massage has become part of treatment plans for physical diseases and psychological disorders. In 2007 / 2008 the CDC recommended an integrative approach to health care and disease management. Their research found Therapeutic Massage was helpful in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome, dementia, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and in treating the non-ambulatory, immobile and hospice patient.

Caregivers are often diagnosed with Repetitive Motion Disorder of the arms or wrists caused on by continual lifting, turning, and meeting their patient’s general mobility needs. Brought on by drops in the barometric pressure, rain, snow and cold temperatures, their patients suffer from stiff joints, sore muscles and circulatory problems. Massage helps both the caregiver and the patient deal with the mental and physical demands associated with caregiving.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine reported on the benefits of Therapeutic Massage in the treatment of ADHD, trauma and convalescent aftercare. “Recent surveys found physicians are encouraging patients to pursue massage as a treatment, in addition, the number of hospitals offering massage has increased by more than 30% over the past two years.” Often mistaken for Deep Tissue Massage, Therapeutic Massage is a type of massage modality concentrating on a specific part of the body - Deep Tissue is a strong massage relieving pain and stimulating blood flow. Though Deep Tissue Massage is more common, both are important to overall health and well-being.

Caregivers and their patients reportedly benefited from Cranial Sacral (Medical) Therapy Massage, Trigger Point Therapy and Reflexology Massage. Physicians, medical doctors, clinicians, chiropractors, counselors and therapists have prescribed these and other massage therapies as part of treatment or health management plans. For increased physiological and psychological well-being in both the caregiver and the patient, learn more about the benefits of Therapeutic Massage.