In the review of two clinical trials, Danish researchers have found that hand massage appears to calm patients suffering from dementia – the predominant symptom of Alzheimer’s patients. The effects of dementia are difficult to manage – wandering, difficulty with eating and bathing, anxiety, confusion and agitation. It is very exciting to explore treatment methods such as therapeutic touch and massage in order to assist the relief of these problems naturally. While more studies are needed to evaluate the effects of massage on patients suffering from dementia, it is clear that different forms of therapeutic touch and massage have some very powerful and as of yet unexplored benefits on the human body.
Chiropractors focus on treating the cause of a particular problem, not just masking the symptoms. By and large, muscle spasms are a symptom of an associated problem. Muscle spasm is never a stand-alone problem. Research published in the journal JMPT indicates that chiropractors are indeed correct in their approach, especially regarding the spine.
To validate this finding, researchers used EMG (electromyography) studies to measure the electrical activity of spinal muscles before and after chiropractic spinal manipulation. 31 anatomical sites per subject were examined. 28 sites showed twenty five percent or greater relaxation of muscle activity after care.
According to researchers, “The results of this study indicate that manipulation induces a virtually immediate change in resting EMG levels in at some patients with low back pain and tight paraspinal muscles.”
Proponents of massage therapy claim it can minimize pain and disability and speed return-to-normal function for low back sufferers. The authors of a study published in the journal Spine, researched other clinical trials to determine the effectiveness of massage therapy and found massage could be beneficial, especially when combined with exercises and education. More studies are needed and are underway to assess the effect of massage on return-to-work, and to measure longer term effects to determine cost-effectiveness of massage as an intervention for low back pain.
At Hall Chiropractic Center, our holistic approach to back pain and other common complaints begins with a whole body assessment including orthopedic and neurologic evaluations and a nutritional profile to help identify nutritional deficiencies which can be an underlying cause of certain pain syndromes. Our whole-body system of care includes joint mobilization, individualized exercise, therapeutic massage and nutritional support.
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