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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 ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
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 ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
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 ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
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 ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
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 ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Coping Therapies Unlikely to Ease Kids' Stem Cell Treatment: Study
For children undergoing stem cell transplantation, complementary therapies such as massage and humor therapy don t seem to reduce their distress, researchers found. Stem cell transplantation is used to treat cancer and other illnesses, and it is a prolonged and physically demanding process that often causes children and their families high levels of distress, the authors of the study noted. Previous studies have shown that complementary therapies, such as ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Massage Beats Meds for Lower Back Pain, Study Says
Massage therapy may be better than medication or exercise for easing low back pain in the short term, a new government-funded study suggests. Seattle researchers recruited 401 patients, mostly middle-aged, female and white, all of whom had chronic low back pain. Those who received a series of either relaxation massage or structural massage were better able to work and be active for up to a year than those getting usual medical care, which included painkill ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Aromatherapy: The Scent of Dispute
Aromatherapy is an affordable, accessible natural path to relief for a variety of health problems, ranging from arthritis pain to nausea to drowsiness, supporters insist. But skeptics dismiss any claims that the use of essential oils from flowers, herbs and trees can promote health in any way. And both sides are unlikely to relinquish their positions anytime soon. Aromatherapy works for so many different things, it is amazing, said Kelly Holland Azzaro, a ...
Healthday - Wed. Aug 23
Sex Lives Often an Overlooked Casualty of Traumatic Brain Injury
For the more than 3 million Americans living with traumatic brain injury, there is often an unspoken problem Many suffer from sexual dysfunction, something that is easily overlooked as patients struggle with overwhelming physical and emotional issues that can last for years, new research has found. The sexual difficulties usually become most apparent about six months after the injury and, if left unaddressed, worsen with time, said study author Jhon Alexan ...
Healthday - Wed. Aug 23
Doctors May Be Over-Prescribing Seizure Drugs to Treat Pain
Physicians might be relying too heavily on off-label use of epilepsy drugs as an alternative to prescribing narcotic painkillers, two experts in internal medicine contend. Doctors are prescribing the anti-seizure drugs gabapentin Neurontin and pregabalin Lyrica to treat pain more frequently, partly in response to the opioid epidemic in the United States, said Dr. Allan Brett. He s a professor of clinical internal medicine with the University of South Carol ...
Healthday - Wed. Aug 23
JFK's Long, Silent Struggle With Back Pain
Contrary to his youthful, vibrant public image, former President John F. Kennedy privately battled chronic, debilitating back pain much of his life. A new report chronicles JFK s pain issues and the many treatments he received throughout the years. The report includes private details -- from multiple failed spinal surgeries and narcotic injections, to use of a back brace that some believe may have played a role in his death. He went through the wringer vis ...
Healthday - Wed. Jul 12
Natural Pet Foods May Not Always Be Best Choice
Pet owners need to be aware that natural foods aren t always the best choice for their pets, says a Kansas State University veterinarian. Natural and veggie-based pet foods are based more on market demand from owners, not because they are necessarily better for the pet, Susan Nelson, an assistant professor of clinical services, said in a university news release. She noted that dogs and cats have specific nutritional needs that may not be met by some natura ...
Healthday - Mon. Jul 10
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