That’s because a growing body of evidence suggests muscle therapy provides a long and varied list of health benefits. In fact, more people get their muscles kneaded and rubbed for medical purposes than they do for relaxation or pampering, according to a recent survey. You know massage helps reduce stress and tension; here are some more potential benefits, based on research compiled by the American Massage Therapy Association: Relieve chronic low-back pain. Nearly everyone at some point has back pain that interferes with work and daily activities; if it lasts more than three months, it’s considered chronic. One study showed people with long-lasting low-back pain who got a one-hour Swedish or structural massage once a week for 10 weeks felt and functioned significantly better and faster than those who received standard medical care; they also used less over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. Other research found massage helps with osteoarthritis of the knee pain, fibromyalgia and nerve pain, among others. Ease anxiety. A review of studies that measured the stress hormone cortisol in people before and immediately after massage found the therapy lowered levels by up to about 50%. Massage also increased serotonin and dopamine, two neurotransmitters that help reduce depression. That may play into why massage has been shown to help people with anxiety disorders, to increase calm before surgery and to decrease stress and depression in cancer patients; in fact, a recent Turkish study found back massages given during chemotherapy significantly reduced anxiety and fatigue. Reduce blood pressure.
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L.A. Councilman Huizar accused of groping woman in 2005
Huizar referred questions about the matter to his press secretary, Rick Coca, who issued a brief statement: “The council member recalls being contacted about an investigation more than eight years ago. There was no follow-up with him.” In October of this year, Huizar’s former deputy chief of staff at City Hall, Francine Godoy, sued him, alleging workplace discrimination and sexual harassment. Godoy contends in the suit that Huizar “explicitly conditioned” her employment benefits on sexual favors and punished her when she spurned his advances. Huizar has acknowledged a “consensual relationship” with Godoy but has dismissed her harassment allegations as “false and malicious.” At the time of the 2005 investigation, Huizar was in his second term on the school board and was campaigning for the council seat vacated by the new mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa . Huizar won the seat, and was twice reelected. The criminal investigation was forwarded by police to the prosecutor’s office and eventually reviewed by Orozco, who was then chiropractic toronto Pasadena’s chief city prosecutor. The prosecutor said she was contacted at the time by Steve Escovar, an attorney she knew who was representing Huizar. She said Escovar told her that Huizar was a good man and that the attorney believed the complainant did not want to proceed with a prosecution. Escovar did not respond to requests for comment. Orozco said the massage therapist worried that she would suffer consequences at work and might lose her job at Burke Williams if she pursued her complaint.
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Massage Therapists: Win a Massage-Stone Package from Med-Stone Enterprises LLC
Two winners will each receive a massage-stone package consisting of the Med-Stone (hot stone), the Med-Stone DT (hot stone for deep-tissue work) and the Med-Stone Chiller (cold stone). “Med-Stone Enterprises LLC is excited about partnering with Massage Magazine Insurance Plus and their Facebook fans,” said Med-Stone Owner Sabrina Ebel. “This is a great opportunity to introduce our innovative product, the Med-Stone, to practitioners and their clients who will benefit from them.” To be eligible to win, entrants must “Like” Massage Magazine Insurance Plus and The Med-Stone ‘s pages on Facebook. The Med-Stone is meant to be ideal for massage therapists who like to offer additional services with a basic massage package. Since the stones can heat up within two minutes and last for up to two hours per charge, they are perfect for the traveling therapist to take on the go. This giveaway will end Dec. 31 at 4 p.m. EST. This particular giveaway is only offered to Facebook fans of Massage Magazine Insurance Plus and The Med-Stone. How to enter the giveaway To enter into the giveaway, go to Massage Magazine Insurance Plus’ Facebook page.
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Massage therapists say arrests gave wrong impression to some
During the undercover operations, police said the employees charged attempted a sexual act on police officers posing as customers during a massage. Those arrests came less than a month after the owner of Spring Spa in an unincorporated area of McHenry County near Crystal Lake was arrested for prostitution a second time. After her first arrest in late October, members of the McHenry County Sheriffs Office received additional complaints from residents about suspicious activity at the business. Police said the owner agreed download to perform sexual acts for money in both instances. A second woman also was charged with unlawful practice of massage therapy after the second incident. Oftentimes in the case of the illegal activity, it depends on the type of customer and the employee, Crystal Lake police Cmdr. Dan Dziewior said. If you ask for a little something extra, you are most likely going to be shown the door, he said. There are honest people out there giving therapeutic massages. Not all employees take part in this. Having spent the last 13 years in Crystal Lake, Dietrich can count on her hand the number of times a customer has come in for a massage asking for something extra. If youre state certified, as is required, you are trained to deal with this type of thing. Dietrich said. The first thing I do is stop the massage and clarify what they are asking. If its that, the session has ended right then and there. They are expected to pay for the session and leave. As is the case at Crystal Lake Massage Therapy, all employees are state certified, with many working with physical therapists and orthopedic surgeons to help clients either recovering from surgery or other physical ailments.
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Portland bar offers light-therapy lamps to treat seasonal affective disorder
When light therapy works, it generally works quickly – within a week. Terman says the keys include the intensity of the light reaching the eyes, the duration of the session and the timing of the sessions relative to a person’s inner clock – the circadian rhythm pacemaker in the brain. Patients are typically more responsive to light therapy early in the morning, which conflicts with Lightbar’s nighttime hours, and must sit in the front of the light every day. Though the bar may not provide the recommended therapeutic strategy, some patients do get better results in the evening and “you can’t discount the placebo effect,” says Dr. Alfred Lewy, an Oregon Health & Science University professor who is http://bayviewwellness.com/chiropractic-care/ an expert on seasonal depression and light therapy. “If something helps a patient feel better – and it’s not costly and it doesn’t have side effects -who am I to discourage it?” Lewy says. Carlson, 39, opened Lightbar following his own struggle with SAD. Though never diagnosed by a doctor, he started noticing a winter-long trend of decreased energy during his teenage years in Oregon and Germany. Two vacations to Hawaii and Egypt and the sun exposure made him better, he says.
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