The Many Benefits of Massage Therapy

The benefits of massage therapy on many specific conditions are still being researched. With every passing year we learn something new about the positive affects of massage on human health. Below is a list of conditions that may benefit from massage therapy.

unnamedADHD — Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is one of the most common psychiatric diagnostic labels given to children. About 2 million children in the US have been diagnosed with this disorder.

Adrenal Fatigue — Adrenal fatigue is a condition that is very common in modern society.

Alzheimer’s Disease — This is the most common form of dementia and the 7th most common cause of death in the United States.

Anxiety Disorders — There are five different types of anxiety disorders. 13% of the adult population suffer from this one of these disorders.

Arthritis — There are 200 different types of arthritis. The most common types are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. While massage can’t heal arthritis, people with arthritis can still experience the benefits of massage therapy.

Asthma — Asthma has become increasingly common in recent years. It affects people of all ages from all walks of life.

Autism — There have been more documented cases of autism over the years. As these cases increase people are trying different methods to lessen the symptoms and give people with autism a higher quality of life.

Back pain — Low back pain is the most common form of back pain. 3 out of 4 people experience low back pain at some point in their lives.

Bursitis — Bursitis is a painful condition that usually occurs in large joints such as the shoulder, elbow, hip and most commonly the knee.

Cancer — Massage was contraindicated for all types of cancer for many years, but recent studies have shown that massage can help decrease pain and anxiety in cancer patients.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome — Repetitive motion injury often associated with long hours of computer work.

Cerebral Palsy — Cerebral palsy is the most common developmental disability in the US. 2 in every 1000 children born have it.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome — Chronic fatigue syndrome is characterized by fatigue that doesn’t go away and flu like symptoms.

Chronic Pain — Physical pain experienced all over the body, usually after a traumatic injury or event. Chronic pain causes anxiety, sleep disturbances, and sever depression.

Depression — Most people will have experience with depression in their lifetimes.

Drug addiction — Drug addiction is a huge problem that costs the nation billions of dollars every year. Massage therapy can help people get through the recovery process more smoothly.

Eating Disorders — Anorexia and bulimia are becoming more common as normal people feel increased pressure from the media to look a certain way.

Fibromyalgia — This is a chronic pain condition of the muscles and ligaments. 9 out of 10 sufferers of this condition are women.

Frozen Shoulder — Frozen shoulder is characterized by pain and stiffness in the shoulder. Women are twice as likely to get it as men.

Headaches — Many people search for headache relief. 90% of men and 95% of women have suffered from a headache within the past year.

High Blood Pressure — One in three adults suffers from high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. In 90 to 95 percent of cases the causes of high blood pressure are unknown.

HIV and AIDS — First discovered in the 1980’s, HIV and AIDS have spread across the world. Massage can help strengthen the immune systems of people with HIV.

Infertility — Growing numbers of people are experiencing unexplained infertility. Mayan abdominal massage is a non-invasive way to treat this problem.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) — This common gastrointestinal disorder can cause pain, discomfort and even embarrassment.

Lou Gehrig’s Disease — This is a degenerative disease of the nervous system. Scientist Stephen Hawking is the most well known person currently living with this disease.

Lupus — This autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system attacks healthy skin, organ, joint and blood vessel cells.

Muscle Spasms and Cramp — Most people have experienced these at some point in their lives.

Muscular Dystophy (MD) — This genetic condition is characterized by muscle weakness and wasting. There are many types of MD.

Neck and Shoulder Pain — Neck and shoulder pain are common among people with office jobs and even among those who don’t work in an office.

Parkinson’s Disease — This neurological condition affects movement.

Plantar Fasciitis — Sometimes called heel spurs, plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) — Though it’s used casually in conversation, PMS is a real disorder that affects many women. The pain and anxiety it causes can be treated with massage.

Restless Leg Syndrome — This condition is characterized by a strong urge to move your legs. It may seem strange, but it can cause a lot of discomfort for sufferers.

Sciatic nerve pain — Sciatic nerve pain is known as sciatica. Sciatica presents as what I would describe as a nervy pain that occurs in the lower back, buttocks and/or down the back of the leg.

Sleep disorders — Sleep has a very important role in health. If you suffer from a sleep disorder it can effect every aspect of your life.

Sports injury — With more people participating in athletic activities, more people are getting sports related injuries.

Stress — We all feel stress at some point in our lives. Some are generally more stressed than others. Stress is part of the human existence, especially, in modern times.

Tendonitis — Tendonitis occurs when the tendon get irritated and inflamed from repetitious movements and overuse.

TMJ syndrome — TMJ syndrome is a painful condition that affects the jaw.

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