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Posted Sep 12 2008 11:54pm


Therapeutic massage has been integrated into many medical settings, health systems and complementary therapies for treatment of health conditions ranging from general stress to serious illnesses such as cancer. Therapeutic massage can reduce muscle strain, alleviate discomfort of ailments, restore balance to body/mind, rejuvenate, and maintain wellness.

As a complementary therapy, therapeutic massage can enhance health care by providing comfort, relaxation, a sense of well-being, and encourage the body’s healing process after surgery, illness or injuries. Therapeutic massage can be effective in alleviating medical condition symptoms of fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, musculo-skeletal disorders, joint dysfunction, asthma/bronchitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and arthritis.

Physical effects of therapeutic massage for the elderly include increased circulation, release of muscle tension and initiation of the relaxation response. Increasing circulation reduces swelling caused by fluid retention, prevents pressure sores and improves tissue nutrition. Releasing muscle tension can reduce sleeping medication intake and improve mobility and balance coordination. Eliciting the relaxation response can improve appetite/digestion, ease breathing and reduce stress-related conditions (headache, asthma).

Therapeutic massage may incorporate techniques from: Swedish (muscle relaxation, body fluid circulation), medical (for cancer or other conditions), Shiatsu (immune system boost, increase of blood, oxygen and circulation for energy increase), geriatric (relaxation, mental clarity, flexibility, range of motion), deep tissue (reduce chronic muscle strain, tendonitis), and trigger point (chronic sensitive area muscle pain).

Benefits of therapeutic massage include: Reduced muscle tension/stiffness, faster healing of sprained ligaments, reduced blood pressure, improved posture, enhanced post operative rehabilitation, improved skin health/nourishment, decreased heart rate, and balance restoration. For more information please contact Dr. Richard Browne at (305) 595-9500.

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