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A recent study revealed that percutaneous disc decompression resulted in significant relief for painful herniated discs in sciatica patients for up to two years. The results of this first-of-its-kind study, conducted at the University of Athens in Greece, were presented at the Radiological Society of North America's 95th Annual Meeting earlier this month. Study Methods This was a randomized, controlled study that compared standard conservative therapy to the minimally invasive treatment known as percutaneous disc decompression. Subjects were divided into two groups, each containing 17 men and 14 women who complained of back and leg pain and were confirmed to have herniated discs and sciatica. Both groups had tried various conservative treatments in the past which were unsuccessful. The first group received six weeks of rigorous conservative therapy, which included analgesics, muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory medications. The second group ...
Massage therapy not only relaxes muscles and relieves stress, but it can help reduce pain, reduce blood pressure and boost the immune system. Massage has also been shown to reduce pain associated with several conditions such as fibromyalgia , lower back pain , migraines and arthritis. There are close to 100 different types of massage. Some of the most commonly performed types in the U.S. according to the American Massage Therapy Association and the University of Maryland are: Swedish massage, which is the most common type of massage, to relax and energize the body. Energy massage therapy, which is a non-manipulative massage to bring in energy while performing specific light hand moves over the whole body and/or affected areas Deep tissue massage, which is often used for muscle damage from an injury, such as whiplash or back strain. Sports massage, which is used to help prevent athletic injury, to keep the body flexible and to heal the body after injury. Other common types include chair ...
What is massage?
Massage is a hands-on method of manipulating the soft tissues of the body using the hands, fingertips, and fists. Massage can include a variety of types of pressure and touch. A massage can be light, concentrating on the skin, or deep, focusing on the underlying layers of muscle tissue.
Studies have demonstrated that massage can offer some health benefits for people with cancer. Massage has been found to be helpful for:
What to expect in a typical massage session
Here is what you can usually expect at a massage session:
When you arrive for your massage appointment, the massage therapist will ask if you have any injuries or health conditions. Make sure to tell your therapist about your breast cancer treatment. This helps him or her to determine the type of massage that's right for you, as well as any areas to avoid.
Depending on the setting, you may have the option to either lie on a table or sit in a chair for your massage.
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