Massage Techniques: Swedish Massage Therapy

Swedish massage is a widely practiced and popular massage therapy technique in the United States. This form of bodywork aims to improve blood circulation to the heart, among other positive health perks. As part of a Swedish massage session, a therapist will use the hands, forearms and elbows to manipulate a client's muscles using long, gliding strokes. Other techniques that may also be used include kneading, tapping, applying a circular pressure and stretching. … Read More

Looking for Relief? Treat Back Pain With Massage

Massage therapy helps ease chronic low back pain and improves function, according to a new Annals of Internal Medicine trial. This is the first study to compare structural and relaxation (Swedish) massage. The trial found that both types of massage worked well with few side effects. … Read More

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Massage For Back Pain

Many people experiencing back pain utilize massage therapy for pain management. Back pain often affects the lower back and can become a physical and psychological burden. "The cause of back pain is not always immediately clear," says Peter Sawicki, director of the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care. "But back pain usually gets better on its own within a few weeks." Back pain is only rarely caused by a more serious health problem. If low back pain does not improve on its own, massage therapy can be a treatment option. "Research suggests that classic (Swedish) massage can relieve low back pain that has lasted longer than several weeks," says Sawicki. People experiencing back pain can benefit from a combination of massage, exercises and stretching. In addition to back pain, therapeutic massage is effective for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions and their symptoms, including stress, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, musculoskeletal disorders, arthritis, asthma/bronchitis, and carpel tunnel syndrome. Massage can reduce muscle strain, alleviate discomfort of ailments, restore balance, rejuvenate, and maintain wellness. Massage can speed the body’s healing process after surgery, illness or injuries. Therapeutic massage may incorporate techniques from Swedish, Shiatsu, deep tissue, trigger point, and medical massage. Benefits of therapeutic massage include: • Reduced muscle tension and stiffness. • Faster healing of sprained ligaments. • Reduced blood pressure. • Improved posture. • Decreased heart rate. • Balance restoration. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers massage, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for the treatment of back pain as well as for a wide range of other health conditions. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

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