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Living Your Passion and Purpose: A Portrait

From Huffington Post:

I’m about to tell you a story that may seem impossible to believe. But I promise you, every single word is true. I’m going to tell you the story of a woman who loves her career so much that she is breaking every industry norm in her field.

My massage therapist, Ruth (She gave me permission to use her real name.) has been doing massage full time for 29 years. And when I say “full time” it’s really more like double time - she works seven days a week - simply because she loves it that much!

Read more about Ruth here.

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Regular Massage Therapy Eases Pain and Fatigue of MS1, Small Study Reports

From Multiple Sclerosis News Today:

Regular massage therapy given people with multiple sclerosis (MS) significantly reduced their pain and fatigue, and helped to ease spasticity, a small pilot study reports. The results further support previous findings as to the benefits of massage
in treating MS symptoms and improving patients’ quality of life.

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Better Than it Sounds: Get a Lymphatic Drainage Massage (Seriously)

From Organic Authority:

With so many alternative wellness treatments available it’s sometimes hard to keep up. One such treatment, the lymphatic drainage massage, is a technique known for its ability to detoxify the body. But what is it, exactly? Where does the “drainage” go? And is it really effective at detoxifying the body as so many enthusiasts claim? Let’s take a closer look at lymphatic drainage massage.

What’s the Lymphatic System?

The lymphatic system is made up of vessels, nodes, and lymph glands. It also contains “sacs” with pores that gather metabolic waste. The tonsils, spleen, and thymus, for example, are all parts of the lymphatic system. However, unlike the heart, the center of the body’s other circulatory system, the lymphatic system doesn’t have its own pump. As a result, it relies on the breath and other movement to drain lymph. For most of us, the body is perfectly capable of draining itself. But sickness, poor diet, lack of physical activity, and other issues can compromise the system, resulting in a need for assisted lymphatic drainage.

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Hands Transcend Technology – Massage Therapy Jobs Predicted to Grow 22% by 2024

From PR Web:

Massage therapy continues, however, to be a robust and profitable profession. The massage therapy profession is expected to grow 22% between 2014 and 2024, much faster than all other jobs. The median pay for massage therapists is $38,000 a year. The profession requires a license in most states and the successful completion of 500 hour or more of vocational training plus passing the national certification exam. Considering that one’s hands will make money over many years, the minimal cost of entering this profession, on average $9,000, is a smart investment in a healthy profitable future.

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Complementary Approaches to Pain Management

Pain management is a battle doctors fight every day. Everyone’s body responds differently to pain and to treatments aimed at relieving that pain. Opioid drugs are overused and often misused by Americans as they search for a way to relieve their pain.

The National Institute of Health’s MedlinePlus Magazine spoke to Dr. Josephine Briggs, director of the National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health (NCCIH), about the research they are doing on complementary approaches to help manage pain. She stated that opioids don’t help people develop personal strategies for pain relief, and that a recent study funded by NCCIH suggests that regular long term yoga may improve the pain people experience.
When asked how the medical community might change in the future as a result of the pain research that is currently going on, she said the following: “Americans do turn to complementary practices for pain management. We know from data that many people living with pain try these various approaches for pain and many use them quite extensively. That includes relaxation techniques like breathing and meditation. It includes chiropractic, massage, and acupuncture. While we recognize that they are helpful to people, we really do not see them as integrated into conventional care yet to improve pain management. The evidence makes it promising, but we aren't quite there yet.”

Hopefully in the future, complementary treatments for pain management will become more mainstream and be the first therapies used in managing pain.

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