What's All the Buzz About Massage Therapy?
Consumers might be astonished at the wide availability and diversity of massage therapy modalities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 80 unique forms of massage therapy - and what's more, the field of massage therapy is gaining in acceptance as a medical supplement to conventional medicine.
Aside from its growing mainstream popularity, massage therapy can be genuinely effective in relieving a broad assortment of common health conditions, including musculoskeletal pain, stress, and other ailments. Acupressure, for example, is specialized bodywork that works similarly to acupuncture; without any needles. This specific massage therapy was recently studied for its effectiveness in treating lower back pain. After a randomized controlled trial, positive results demonstrate that acupressure was more effective than physical therapy; with sustained relief for six months after treatment. 
Another great form of massage therapy, healing touch therapy, was also studied at the School of Health . Thirty-five cancer patients received complementary treatment with touch therapy. Remarkably, significant improvements were notated in both physical and psychological functioning.
For those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, you will be pleased to know that you may not need invasive surgery to repair the damage. A matter of fact, recent, documented studies of myofascial release - another massage therapy modality - has proven to be effective in treating this common physical disorder. 
PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) sufferers need look no further than the massage therapy technique known as reflexology. Using hand, finger and thumb pressure to specific pressure points on the soles of the feet, the palms of the hands, and on the external ears, reflexology seeks to alleviate pain and other health conditions. In a recent study, women who received reflexology treatment saw a measurable difference and significant decrease of symptoms related to PMS. 
Of course there are countless other massage therapy methods that are in practice today; and almost all of these modalities offer some form of relief from a myriad of common health problems. The best way to find out which massage therapy technique works best for you and your health issues is to explore the offerings of professional, licensed massage therapists in your area. Whether you choose to receive a deep tissue massage; an Oriental medicine massage, like Tuina, or a beautifying face massage, you might just be surprised at the healthful outcome.
If you (or someone you know) are interested in finding massage therapy programs, let professional training within fast-growing industries like natural healing, cosmetology, acupuncture, oriental medicine, Reiki, and others get you started! Explore massage therapy near you.
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- ReflexologyResearch.net/PMS Research Full Study
What's All the Buzz about Massage Therapy?
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