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Timing Is Key to Massage's Benefits for Neck Pain: Study
Massage can relieve neck pain if it s done often by a professional therapist and for the correct length of time, according to new research. One-hour sessions two or three times a week appear to be best, said study researcher Karen Sherman, senior scientific investigator at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle. In the short term, 60 minutes of massage is better than 30, and you want to do multiple treatments a week for the first four weeks, she said. ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Common Painkillers Don't Ease Back Pain, Study Finds
Painkillers like aspirin, Aleve and Advil don t help most people with back pain, a new review finds. The researchers estimated that only one in six people gained a benefit from taking these nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs . Meanwhile, previous research has suggested that another common painkiller, Tylenol acetaminophen , isn t very useful either, the study authors added. The findings raise the prospect that no over-the-counter painkillers reall ...
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Easing Depression Without a Prescription
A brisk run, a friendly game of chess, a soothing massage All these pursuits can help ease mild depression, experts say. These are all things that are certainly worth trying and are generally healthy, anyway, said Dr. Nadia Marsh, an expert in treating depression and chief of the division of geriatrics at Cabrini Medical Center, in New York City. Marsh stressed, however, that alternative or complementary therapies probably won t do much to ease really seri ...
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Massage Right After Muscle Injury May Boost Healing
Massage is known to help heal muscle injury, but the degree of recovery may depend on certain factors, such as the timing of the treatment, according to the results of a study in rabbits. The findings could one day lead to specific prescriptions for massage to help exercise-induced muscle injury in athletes, the researchers saID. Knowing that massage therapy can ease muscle pain and weakness associated with exercise, the researchers from Ohio State Univers ...
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Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives
Hand and foot massages can help console bereaved people, Swedish researchers have found. The study included 18 people, aged 34 to 78, who d just lost a relative to cancer. They were offered a 25-minute hand or foot massage once a week for eight weeks and could choose whether to have their massages at home, work or in a hospital. Nine participants chose foot massage, eight chose hand massage, and one had both types of massages. Only three had previously rec ...
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Are Your Gifts Always Getting Returned?
Despite the best of intentions, some gifts just fall flat and end up getting returned. How can there be such a disconnect between giver and recipient A new study suggests the answer lies in perceptions. According to the study, gift givers focus on the thrill of the moment when the gift is given. But the recipient focuses on how it will be used. The biggest mistake that people make is that they end up thinking about gift giving as a gift giver, instead of f ...
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Many Take Opioids Reluctantly for Back Pain: Survey
Millions of Americans with back pain take powerful and potentially addictive opioid painkillers. But in a new survey, many say the drugs provide only limited relief and they worry about taking them. The survey included more than 2,000 people with low back pain. Of the nearly half who were currently taking opioids, only 13 percent said the drugs were very successful at relieving their pain. Forty-four percent said the drugs were somewhat successful, 31 perc ...
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Science Shows How Massage Eases Sore Muscles
Having a massage after strenuous exercise not only feels good, it reduces inflammation in muscles at the cellular level, researchers have found. Massage also appears to promote the growth of new mitochondria in skeletal muscle. Mitochondria are cells energy-producing powerhouses, explained the researchers at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. For the study, the investigators conducted genetic analyses of ...
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Play to Win When It Comes to Kids and Sports Pain
Pain can be a problem for young athletes, so it s important for parents to know how to deal with it, a pain specialist says. Now that kids are back in school and fall sports are well underway, there are many things parents can do to help their children avoid getting hurt while still enjoying sports, said Dr. Anita Gupta. She is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Pain Medicine. And, if they do get injured, it s also important ...
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Certain Parents More Likely to Skip Kids' Flu Shot
Children who see alternative health providers, such as acupuncturists or massage therapists, are less likely than other kids to get their annual flu shot, a new study suggests. Researchers found that of nearly 9,000 U.S. kids, those who d received certain alternative therapies were one-quarter to 39 percent less likely to have gotten a flu shot in the past year. The findings do not prove a cause-and-effect connection, however. No one knows whether any alte ...
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Many Health-Care Workers Have Turned to Alternative Medicine
Three out of every four U.S. health-care workers use some form of complementary or alternative medicine or practice to help stay healthy, a new report shows. What s more, doctors, nurses and their assistants, health technicians, and healthcare administrators were actually more likely than the general public to use any number of wide-ranging alternative medicine options, including massage, yoga, acupuncture, Pilates or herbal medicines. No one has really do ...
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Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
For people coping with advanced cancer, massage therapy may offer some relief from pain and depressed mood, according to a new study. Reporting in the Sept. 16 Annals of Internal Medicine , researchers found that people who received massage from a licensed, specially trained therapist reported greater improvements in pain and mood symptoms than did people who received simple touch. However, these improvements didn t last over time. Our goal was to see if m ...
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