Massage as Medicine

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article exploring the benefits of massage. Holistic healthcare has garnered increasing recognition in the mainstream medical field. As a result, people are now evaluating how massage is so much more than a mini-vacation for your mind and body. The litany of health benefits, many of which are long-term, is drawing more and more patients to the massage table. Massage can be tailored to the individual and provide almost-instant relief for many ailments, including chronic pain, insomnia, depression, and sports injury recovery. As The Wall Street Journal points out-massage is more than a pampering.


People most commonly seek massage to alleviate pain and improve relaxation. However, these two benefits only touch the surface of all that massage can offer. Massage has been used for thousands of years. In ancient China and Japan, it was looked upon as more than a luxury, it was a healing method. This mindset is still present in modern day China, where hospitals prescribe massage and acupuncture alongside IV's and modern medication. Happily, the United States is catching on to this mindset as well...READ MORE.

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Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is based on the theory that there are channels throughout the body. Flowing through these channels, known as "meridians" is a person's vital energy, known as "qi". When you think of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is probably what first comes to mind. For those that are unfamiliar with this ancient practice, acupuncture is the application of small, disposable (and ultra-thin) needles into the skin at strategic points, known as "acupoints", along the meridians where energy is thought to be blocked, based on a person's ailment.


A traditional Chinese medicine practitioner places the needles on these specific points to release the blocked qi and to stimulate blockages. Acupuncture has been cited by the World Health Organization to treat over forty-three conditions including allergies, asthma, back pain, carpal tunnel, colds and flu, constipation, depression, gynecological disorders, headache, heart problems, infertility, insomnia, pre-menstrual syndrome, sciatica, sports injuries, tendonitis and...READ MORE.

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