Healing Hands: 9 Massage Techniques That May Improve Your Health

The right type can help treat conditions from chronic pain to PMS (11 Photos)

Marissa Capodanno on Aug 16, 2010 at 12:50PM

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Healing Hands: 9 Massage Techniques That May Improve Your Health

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What Massage Can Do

Not just a service at luxury spas anymore, massage is being use to treat a range of conditions that includes arthritis, back pain, cellulite, chronic headaches, high blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome, cancer, fibromyalgia and PMS. Scientific data on the medical benefits of massage therapy is still limited. But as Ruth Werner, president of the Massage Therapy Foundation, points out: "There is little controversy about the psychologically and physiologically calming benefits of receiving bodywork. The research on this is very consistent." Checking with your doctor before beginning any new treatment is always a good idea. Even better: If your physician refers you to a massage therapist, your health insurance might even cover the therapy.

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