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

Consumers Increasingly Turning to Massage for Wellness

Consumers are increasingly integrating massage therapy into their regular health maintenance routines, according to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). … Read More

Massage For Tension Headaches

Typically, tension headaches are treated with analgesics that relieve symptoms temporarily. One of the main causes of tension headaches is the presence of trigger points. … Read More

Benefits Of LomiLomi Massage

A Polynesian massage therapy treatment that originated in Hawaii, lomilomi is a holistic massage therapy system traditionally practiced by the islands’ healers or kahunas. Lomilomi utilizes medicinal plants, massage, breath exercises, and meditation. Lomilomi is also known as Hawaiian temple bodywork, temple style or traditional style lomilomi massage. … Read More

Massage Offers Key Relief for Back Pain

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

Massage for Pain: Musculoskeletal Issues

Musculoskeletal pain is a common problem that can be difficult to treat, often causing long-term problems and even disability. It can come in the form of back pain, muscle pain, joint pain and more. Musculoskeletal pain also affects those with fibromyalgia and "tunnel syndromes," which result from nerve compression.  Two effective holistic medicine treatments include mental relaxation and massage for pain, which can also improve overall health, mental energy and muscle pain for those experiencing the disorder. … Read More

Massage May Help Ease Pain

Millions of individuals are all too familiar with pain. There can be countless trips to the doctor or chiropractor, pain medications and the difficulty of making it through the day while enduring pain. Massage therapy can relieve the pain of arthritis, muscle strain, tendonitis, and other acute and chronic pain conditions. A recent survey by the American Hospital Association shows that nearly 82 percent of hospitals that offer some form of complementary or alternative care use massage therapy, with 70 percent using massage for pain management and pain relief. More people than ever are seeking massage to manage and relieve pain. A recent AMTA consumer survey shows that nearly half, 47 percent, of those polled have had a massage specifically for pain relief. Massage therapy can: • Be more effective for chronic back pain than standard therapies. • Promote relaxation and alleviate the perception of pain. • Reduce headaches better than cold pack treatments. • Stimulate the brain to produce endorphins. • Improve confidence by encouraging individuals to effectively cope with pain. Consumers have long suspected that massage helps promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Consumers aren’t the only people recognizing the benefits of massage. Physicians and other health care providers are increasingly recommending massage therapy to their patients as a supplement to conventional health care. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers massage, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine therapy for a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment at the Clinic call (305) 595-9500. For information about Acupuncture & Massage College’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Massage Therapy Career

Recent data from the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) indicates greater public and medical acceptance of the value of massage and increasing consumer usage of massage therapy. • AMTA estimates that in 2009, massage therapy was a $16-20 billion industry. • Between July 2008 and July 2009, nearly 48 million individuals (22 percent) had a massage at least once. • Thirty-two percent of adults had a massage between July 2008 and July 2009 for medical or health reasons. • According to the U.S. Department of Labor employment for massage therapists is expected to increase 20 percent from 2006 to 2016, faster than average for all occupations. • Eighty-five percent of consumers agree that massage can be beneficial to health and wellness. • Nineteen percent of adults say they've used massage therapy at least one time for pain control. • Massage therapists charge an average of $63 for one hour of massage, earning an average wage of $45 an hour, including tip, for all massage related work. • Massage therapists work an average of 20 hours a week providing massage, seeing an average of 44 clients per month. • In 2009, the average annual income for a massage therapist who provides approximately 16 hours of massage per week was $37,123, compared to incomes in 2006 of $28,170 for full-time healthcare support workers; $27,190 for full-time medical assistants and $23,290 for occupational therapist aides. • Massage therapists have an average of 624 hours of initial training. Today there are more than 90,000 Nationally Certified massage therapists. • The most popular choices for continuing education for massage therapists are training for new modalities/techniques, advanced training for specific modalities and massage for specific populations, such as geriatrics and athletes. … Read More

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