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Pain Medicine Journal Explores Massage Therapy

PainMassage Therapy is getting lots of attention as an effective tool for pain.  Pain is a major public health concern that affects approximately 100 million Americans. Chronic pain accounts for 80% of physician visits and almost $600 billion in annual health care expenditures and lost productivity.

A leading scientific journal, Pain Medicine, recently published a series of research articles on the effectiveness of massage in reducing pain for a variety of conditions, including cancer and post-surgical pain.

Dr. Jerrilyn Cambron, a professor at National University of Health Sciences who co-authored the journal series, says: "These articles will go a long way in promoting massage therapy as an evidence-based approach to pain management."

National University has always considered massage therapy an important part of a new trend in health care called "integrative medicine." If you are thinking about starting a career in massage therapy, it's good to be familiar with this word.  Why?

Integrative medicine is where health professionals from different fields work together, joining their unique skills in a group effort as they work to get patients better. So articles such as these that show how massage helps pain will also help show MDs, hospitals and pain management clinics when to call on massage therapists to assist them in treating pain patients.

Why not visit National University to learn more on how you can study massage therapy on a campus devoted to integrative medicine, with faculty like Dr. Jerrilyn Cambron and other leaders in the profession? If you visit now through August 31st, you'll be eligible for a tuition incentive of $500 during National University's "Summer Soak Up" program.

Massage Can Help Those with Osteoarthritis of the Knee

2014-01-15_knee _smIn two separate studies, massage therapy shows promise in reducing pain and increasing the range of motion for those with osteoarthritis of the knee.

One study had a group of patients attend supervised self-massage sessions twice a week, and taught them a regimen of self-massage techniques to use at home. At the end of the study, researchers found an overall improvement in stiffness, function and pain for the intervention group, while a control group that did not participate in the self-massage remained the same.

In a second study, patients receiving regular weekly or bi-weekly massage showed reduced pain and stiffness and increased functionality.

Here is a summary of both studies prepared by the American Massage Therapy Association.

It's great to know that massage therapy may have the potential to reduce reliance on prescription and over-the-counter pain medication in osteoarthritis of the knee.