Massage Therapy Basics, Florida Massage
Massages at this point in the US are very popular. Approximately 30% of Americans receive a massage every year according to the American Massage Therapy Association. Of those who undergo massage, over thirty percent report receiving one for a health problems such as pain management, injury rehab, migraines, or overall general wellness. Over eighty percent agree with the comment that massage may be very helpful for health and wellness improvement.
What health problems has massage therapy shown to be helpful? Here is a list of the conditions that current research has shown to be helped from massage:
• Cancer related fatigue
• Reducing pain in cancer patients
• Low Back Pain
• Decreasing blood pressure
• Relieving alcohol withdrawal symptoms
• Knee arthritis
• Decreasing post operative pain
• Increasing the human body’s immune system
• Decreasing carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms
• Decreasing frequency of headaches
It has been shown in plenty of research that massage therapy is very helpful for low back pain, both acute and chronic. In several studies, results have displayed effectiveness for upwards of a year. It has shown to be superior to acupuncture, education, and relaxation, with the same results as bracing and exercises.
Interestingly, massage has been shown to be less effective than spinal manipulation and TENS unit treatment.
The literature on neck pain is not as conclusive for massage. What this adds up to is that massage in conjunction with a chiropractor treatment is your best bet for overall pain management.
The Florida Pain Network provides the connection to chiropractic listings around Florida for receiving the most effective massage therapy.