Oil therapy: the best oil for your body

For a stiff neck, nearly $6,000 in physical therapy seemed too much

Physiotherapist Dr Aijaz Ashai, who specializes in sports physiotherapy, says a massage has a two-fold benefit, “It relives both mental and physical stress.” He explains how muscular tension is relieved. “A nice rub facilitates the release of lactic acid accumulation, but,” he cautions, “It’s very important to differentiate between stiffness from lactic acid accumulation and spasmodic condition.” In the later, rest is need, he says. According to Dr Dixit, when a complete body massage isn’t possible, one should at least massage the feet, leg and the back. “Chandan bala lakshadi tel can do wonders for cough, cold and asthma attacks and boost one’s immunity,” she says. And for those who are regular with massages, sesame oil is good, she says. However, it may be interesting to note that city neurologists do not endorse a similar opinion on the benefits of a massage. Though Dr Mayank Pandya says that a massage raises the level of endomorphin, it can’t be attributed to healing. “Each case is different, and most of the times, the local relief is due to what we call ‘counter irritation’. For instance when you apply a balm, the relief is due to the burning sensation that takes over and last only that long.” More on oil therapy To be able to enjoy a massage and reap maximum benefits, the choice of the oil is very important. While at a spa, you are more likely to be treated to a blend of aromatic oils, if you are planning to get yourself the soothing treatment at home, here’s are the options you can pick from: Sweet almond oil It’s one of the most popular massage oils even among massage therapists.
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2 lasted an hour. I got heat on my neck, a little massage and more exercises. I also was given some big rubber bands and an instruction sheet on how to exercise with them at home. As I left the office, the front desk suggested I make more appointments, but because I was leaving town a couple of days later, I told them Id call when I got back. Be it the muscle relaxers or the exercises, my neck was much better at the end of my trip, so I never did call them back. They, however, continue to call me to remind me to make more appointments. A few days, later I discovered why they want me to come back for more treatment. My insurance company sent me notification it was seeking additional information about these charges, which would mean a delay in payment for my PT treatments. My insurer had been billed $412 for my first appointment and $384 for the second. I can hardly blame the company for wanting to know the justification of such costs. Now I understand why the front desk seemed so eager to have me use my maximum of 12 visits before the end of June: I was leaving nearly $5,000 worth of payments on the table. I recognize that I am partly to blame for running up the tab. At no time did I ever ask how much each treatment cost.
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Massage Therapy Gains Sign of Acceptance

The authors of the review, however, acknowledge difficulties with research on the effects of massage, including the fact that it’s impossible to “blind” study participants or care providers to whether a person is receiving massage or a comparison treatment. Nevertheless, they say there is “good evidence to suggest that massage therapy is an effective treatment of depression.” Depression is a huge public health problem, and treatment is often inadequate, Dr. Wen-Hsuan Hou of I-Shou University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and colleagues note in their report. While massage can ease stress and tension and may have emotional benefits, the use of massage therapy in depressed patients is “controversial,” the investigators note, and “there is no qualitative review of the treatment effect of massage therapy in depressed patients.” To investigate further, they searched for randomized controlled trials of massage therapy in depressed patients. They identified 17 studies including 786 people in all. In 13 of the trials, massage therapy was compared to another active treatment such as Chinese herbs, relaxation exercises, or rest, while four compared massage to a “no treatment” control group. Investigators also used a range of methods for evaluating mood and depression in study participants. Overall, the studies, which were of “moderate” quality, showed that massage therapy had “potentially significant effects” in alleviating symptoms of depression, the researchers report in the American Journal of Psychiatry. It’s not clear from the analysis, they emphasize, whether a person would need to undergo regular massage therapy for benefits to persist. There are a number of ways through which massage could help people with depression, the researchers note, for example, by reducing stress and inducing relaxation; building an “alliance” between the therapist and patient; and by causing the body to release the “trust hormone” oxytocin. “Further well-designed and longer follow-up studies, including accurate outcome measures, are needed,” they conclude.
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Massage Therapy – Topic Overview

It can also relieve muscle tension and may improve blood flow, relieve pressure on nerves, and restore normal joint movement. Is massage safe? When done properly, massage is considered safe. Certification by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) ensures that your massage therapist has a certain level of training and uses certain practice guidelines. Keep in mind that massage may be expensive, is generally not covered by insurance, and requires a time commitment. Always tell your doctor if you are using an alternative therapy or if you are thinking about combining an alternative therapy with your conventional medical treatment. It may not be safe to forgo your conventional medical treatment and rely only on an alternative therapy. WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise Last Updated: June 30, 2009 This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information. 1995-2013 Healthwise, Incorporated.
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Massage Therapy May Help Lift Depression

The president of the New Center College, Steven Schenkman, said: l ”Many disillusioned individuals are looking beyond a Western medical system that relies heavily on invasive treatments like surgery and medications with many possible side effects.” The new status, he said, ”is part of the evolution of a profession that has been recognized in Eastern cultures for 5,000 years, but is just first becoming recognized and respected in the West.” For students, he added, graduating with associate’s degrees is a jump from receiving a trade license at a vocational school to obtaining a professional degree. The program, which has 350 students, started in 1981. The center also has http://BayviewWellness.Com programs in acupuncture; herbal medicine; Oriental medicine; amma therapy, or specialized massage therapy, and holistic nursing. Mr. Schenkman said the center was planning for bachelor’s, master’s and clinical doctorate degrees. At the start of the semester, massage therapy had its largest enrollment, 105 new students. The four-semester program requires 63 credits, leading to an associate degree in occupational studies, with a major in massage therapy. The academic dean of the program, Dr. Robert Borzone, said the curriculum combined courses in Western medicine and Oriental medicine and included clinical internships. The public is becoming more open minded to complementary medicine, Mr. Schenkman said, adding: ”One of the biggest changes is the realization that this is not a threat to Western medicine, as researchers have found that most patients who seek holistic health care do not abandon their mainstream providers.” Changing attitudes are created new demands on insurance companies. Last month Oxford Health Plans Inc. announced plans to create an alternative-medicine network in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, starting in January.
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