Massage therapy for chronic disease

(NaturalNews.com)As more and more people are discovering, massage therapy and healing touch therapies are proving to be extremely good medicine for treating those with chronic diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis, depression, and even circulatory disorders. There are several good reasons for this, such as the fact that massage therapy helps move lymph fluid around the body and oxygenate organs and tissues. Plus, there’s probably something healthy going on in the fact that human touch is taking place. However, there is a widespread belief, especially among the leaders in Western medicine, that massage therapy can’t possibly be considered a medical treatment. Most insurance companies still refuse to pay for massage therapies, and few doctors prescribe it, although the number of doctors recommending it has been increasing over the last few years.

I believe that massage therapy is shunned by the medical community primarily because it is considered an unsophisticated treatment — you don’t need a medical degree to give someone an effective massage. There’s not a lot of equipment involved in massage therapy, it doesn’t have a lot of cool technology, and it doesn’t require years of training. And thus, it is looked upon as something that is below Western medicine, both by doctors and by many patients.

But all of this is a distortion — something doesn’t have to be complicated or cool to be effective as a healing treatment. Massage therapy gets to the fundamentals — that is, the power of human touch, and the spiritual healing potential of one person’s hands touching another person’s body along with positive healing intent. These are timeless principles of healing that don’t require technology to be effective.

Given that massage therapy and therapeutic touch are so effective in helping patients heal themselves, I find it astounding to observe the lack of physical contact between doctors and their patients in clinics and hospitals across the country. Doctors almost seem scared to touch their patients, and in fact, many doctors don’t want to be touched, either. This lack of touch keeps everything at a “safe distance” – it makes their interactions non-personal and sterile. It also allows the doctor to keep patients at a distance, where they can perceive them as patients with patient IDs rather than human beings with souls and spirits and emotions. It is this distance — this chasm between doctors and patients — that contributes to the lack of effectiveness in modern medicine.

True healers are willing to get involved with their patients in terms of understanding them, seeing the world from their perspective, and even touching them in a healing way with positive intent. That’s why our modern physicians are outstanding technicians, but terrible healers. Personally, I would much rather see a massage therapist than a physician, unless I were suffering from sort of radical, acute injury such as an accident in which case, of course, Western doctors and surgeons are the very best in the world. But when it comes to treating chronic disease and maintaining a high degree of health on a regular basis, massage therapy and healing touch offer an outstanding system of healing that I highly recommend.

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The power of touch

touch(NaturalNews) The power of touch is touted by many who believe that it has the ability to boost the immune system and help people heal. Time and again, it’s proven to be true; touch has many health benefits ranging from reducing stress to even creating a more youthful appearance. (1, 2)

“Touch is a much more sophisticated system than we ever realized,” said Matthew J. Hertenstein, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at DePauw University in Indiana. His statement is in line with numerous studies sowing that there’s a link between touch and health improvements.

For example, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study discovered that, when a love seat was shared with a partner for just 10 minutes, premenopausal women experienced a decrease in their blood pressure. (3) The same researchers also noted that hugging, not just from romantic partners, promoted improved health by reducing heart rates. (3)

Other studies have found that the power of touch was beneficial for those solving challenging math equations. Those who received a chair massage experienced a reduction in stress and, as a result, demonstrated increased mathematical proficiency and derived more pleasure in the task than they did prior to having the massage. (3)

Other ways touch helps improve overall health

Stimulates dopamine

The flow of dopamine, also known as the pleasure hormone, is what makes people feel good. (1) Low levels have been associated with depression as well as neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s.

However, hugs stimulate the brain to release dopamine, providing positive, motivational feelings to those in the embrace. (1)

Disease prevention

According to the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, touch has the ability to prevent disease and bolster health immensely. (1) In fact, more than 100 of their studies have shown a connection between touch and reduced pain, improved immune systems in cancer patients and faster growth in premature babies. (1)

Youthful appearance, better skin

Experts suggest that more intimate kinds of touching and affection in the form of love-making also has benefits. Dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler says that sexual activity up to three times weekly can help repair skin. (2)

“When you have sex, you’re bathing the skin in anti-inflammatory molecules such as oxytocin and beta endorphins. As we get older, we don’t heal as often as we repair. But having sex can turn the clock back on that,” she said. (2)

Sources:

(1) http://themindunleashed.org

(2) http://rawandnaturalhealth.com

(3) http://www.goodhousekeeping.com

About the author:
A science enthusiast with a keen interest in health nutrition, Antonia has been intensely researching various dieting routines for several years now, weighing their highs and their lows, to bring readers the most interesting info and news in the field. While she is very excited about a high raw diet, she likes to keep a fair and balanced approach towards non-raw methods of food preparation as well.

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