Massage Therapy and Spa Treatment News and Research

The nation looks to alternatives to opioids for pain management

Getting the nation off drugs to deal with pain is a goal of many government agencies, researchers and medical professionals. As such, massage therapy as well as other integrative therapies are now being looked at more seriously as an alternative to opioids. This is the message from Douglas Nelson, president of the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF), at the organization’s recent International Research Conference, held May 9-10, in Alexandria, Virginia, as reported by Massage Magazine. Nelson sees this as a prime time for massage therapists to advance the use of massage for pain relief. At the MTF conference, researchers involved in non-pharmacological alternatives to opioids for pain relief, including massage therapy, presented information on their studies. Read more.

Massage Might be Aid for Acid Reflux

MedicalNewsToday reports that researchers are looking into whether myofascial release (MFR) might relieve symptoms of Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) or acid reflux. GERD happens when contents of the stomach, including acid, move up into the esophagus. In a recent study, researchers focused on massaging the fascia around the diaphragm to stop acid from traveling into the esophagus. The study included 30 participants, aged 18 to 80, all of whom had GERD. Half of the participants received MFR from a physical therapist; the other half had a sham treatment. Participants received four 25-minute sessions two times a week for two weeks. Researchers found that the participants who received the real treatments experienced improved symptoms. Read more.

The Many Benefits of a Foot Massage

Mbglifestyle, a lifestyle media brand, writes about the health benefits of foot massage in “Sleep Better & Improve Your Balance With this Foot Massage (Yes, Really).” Results of a number of studies cited in the article indicate foot massage aids:

  • Stress and anxiety reduction
  • Improved sleep
  • Pain relief
  • Better balance

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Cupping Massage Growing in Popularity

Town&Country Magazine explains the cupping massage process and what conditions it can  help . Following the use of this Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy by Michael Phelps during the 2016 Olympics, cupping has grown in popularity, especially at luxury wellness centers and spas. Read more.

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