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When it comes to rejuvenating and therapeutic massages, Ethical Massage Tampa in Tampa, Florida is the expert. Read our blog to learn about the benefits massage therapy. 

5 Side Effects Of Green Tea: From Caffeine Overdose to Dehydration and More

Rosemary Rickard, LMT: Posted 9/22.20 11:10am

Massage Might Lesson Addiction, Overdose, and Suicide in US Veterans

Rosemary Rickard, LMT: Posted on Friday, March 6, 2020 7:52 PM

It found that therapies that are traditionally referred to as complementary health care might have a positive effect on lessening rates of addiction, overdose and suicide among veterans.

The study, “Nonpharmacological Treatment of Army Service Members with Chronic Pain is Associated with Fewer Adverse Outcomes After Transition to the Veterans Health Administration,” focused on the health records of 142,539 U.S. Army service members with chronic pain after deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan between 2008 and 2014.

Study Design

The study compared those who did and did not receive nonpharmacological treatment in the Military Health System (MHS) and analyzed their adverse outcomes after ending active duty and making the transition to the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).


The main outcome measure in this study was the risk of adverse outcomes after ending active duty and making the transition to the VHA. The researchers looked at four adverse outcomes, as documented in the VHA health records: “diagnoses of alcohol and/or drug disorders; poisoning with opioids, related narcotics, barbiturates or sedatives; suicide ideation; and self-inflicted injuries including suicide attempts.”

Results of the research showed a significantly lower risk for all four adverse outcomes among veterans with chronic pain who received nonpharmacological treatment during active duty as compared to those who did not.

[Read “Veterans Learn to Reconnect with Meditation, Movement & Massage.”]

NPTs Recommended

“Our results suggest that nonpharmacological treatment provided to active duty service members with chronic pain may reduce their odds of long-term adverse outcomes,” stated the study’s authors. “Given known associations of these adverse outcomes with morbidity and mortality, providing nonpharmacological treatment to service members with chronic pain could potentially save lives.”

The authors recommend further research on the effects of specific modalities and the dose in which they’re received, noting that “we did not study individual [nonpharmacological treatment] modalities,” and that “if some modalities did not protect against adverse outcomes, our results may understate the effect for [nonpharmacological treatment] modalities that did protect against adverse outcomes.”

Sources: VA Health Services Research & Development, Center for Innovation to Implementation, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, California; Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts; Program Evaluation and Resource Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, California; Defense and Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management, Uniformed Services University, Rockville, Maryland; and Department of Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, California. Originally published online in October 2019 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine

Massage Therapy Benefits Thyroid Patients

Rosemary Rickard, LMT: Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 11:50 PM

Massage for Thyroid Patient Health

Massage therapy and related bodywork can benefit the hypothyroidism in patients in many profound ways. First, a significant reduction in the patient’s symptoms can be witnessed with the usage of acupressure. This benefit was demonstrated by a research study in Russia conducted in 2011.

A second benefit of massage therapy for the hypothyroid patient is aiding improved blood and lymphatic circulation. Since proper blood and lymphatic flow is vital for all endocrine organs, the thyroid could benefit from improved circulation.

Reduced inflammation is a third benefit derived from massage therapy and related bodywork. Research through the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, California, and McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, indicates that massage therapy may create a result similar to anti-inflammatory medications at a cellular level. This benefit will aid the hypothyroid patient with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or similar inflammatory concerns.

A fourth benefit of massage treatment is reduced stress within the body. This benefit can decrease cortisol and other stress hormones to help manage weight healthily.

Finally, increasing muscle strength will combat the fatigue and weakness often felt by the hypothyroid patient. A Swedish massage including a large percentage of petrissage strokes can enhance the size, strength and stamina of muscle tissue.

Please note that the information presented here is not intended to replace advice from a medical professional.

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Posted on Monday, February 3, 2020 3:32 PM

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Massage Benefits

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2020 1:02 PM

Massage Benefits

Some people think the only benefit of getting a massage is for reduction of stress and anxiety. While it is true that massage does help you relax, it is only one of the many benefits of therapeutic massage.

Alleviates Chronic Pain

Massage helps to relax tense muscles, improve blood flow and remove toxins from the body, which all contribute to chronic pain. Massage also triggers the body’s release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller.

Improves Range of Motion

Through the use of both massage and passive stretching techniques, joints become more flexible thus improving overall range of motion in previously stiff joints.

Reduces the Use of Medication

Studies have shown that clients use less pain medication and medications to reduce stress if they get regularly scheduled massages.

Enhances the Immune System

Light stroke massage helps to stimulate the lymphatic system, which acts as the body’s natural defense against environmental toxins, viruses and bacteria.

Enhances Quality of Sleep

Gentle massage activates the parasympathetic part of the nervous system, responsible for relaxing the body. Some studies have shown massage may also affect the production and release of melatonin, a natural hormone that encourages sleep.

Improves Concentration and Focus

By helping your mind and body to relax, massage can reduce the mental noise that is often so distracting. Massage also improves the balance of hormones such as serotonin, which can improve focus.

Reduces Fatigue

Massage reduces fatigue in a couple of ways. By encouraging the body to go into a deeper, more relaxed sleep you are able to recuperate faster from a tiring day. Massage itself can also invigorate and energize you if the strokes used are firmer and faster than a gentle Swedish technique. These techniques are often used in sports massage to help athletes prepare before an event.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Gentle massage helps to decrease levels of stress and anxiety, which can be underlying causes of hypertension (high blood pressure). It reduces the production of cortisol, a hormone present in high stress situations.

Reduces Scars and Stretch Marks

Massage helps with tissue regeneration, which in turn helps to reduce the production of scar tissue and the stress on the skin that causes stretch marks. Reduces Edema and Swelling After Injury or Surgery Lymphatic drainage massage is especially helpful in reducing and even eliminating the buildup of fluid.

Eases Depression and Lessens Anxiety

Massage contributes to a sense of well-being, in part because it encourages the body to release “feel-good” hormones like serotonin and oxytocin.

Reduces Edema and Swelling After Injury or Surgery

Lymphatic drainage massage is especially helpful in reducing and even eliminating the buildup of fluid.

Eases Depression and Lessens Anxiety

Massage contributes to a sense of well-being, in part because it encourages the body to release “feel-good” hormones

like serotonin and oxytocin.

Reduces Cramps and Spasms

Massage helps to relax muscles that may be overworked in sporting events or in spasm because of neuromuscular disorders.

Improves the Tone of Weak or Atrophied Muscles

Massage helps to improve the flow of blood and oxygen bringing nutrients to the underused muscles, while stretching will give the muscles some increased movement.

Improves the Condition of the Skin

Through the use of nourishing lubricants as well as the movements of the massage therapist’s hands along the body, the skin benefits from the increased blood flow and lymph circulation. The skin is the body’s largest organ and the one most exposed to harmful external influences. It is important to keep the skin healthy and strong.

Improves Proprioception

Proprioception is the sense of where our body is in space and time. Lack of healthy touch can impair this sense, but massage can restore it and make you less clumsy and more surefooted.

Improves Body Image

Studies have shown that people who get regular massages have more positive feelings with regard to body image than those who do not get massages.

What is Structural Integration?

Rosemary Rickard, LMT: Posted on Monday, June 18, 2018 3:38 PM

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Introduction to Structural Integration

Melonie Nielsen LMP of Vancouver Yoga Center, located in Vancouver WA. USA, explains and demonstrates Structural Integration bodywork. To book appointments or for more information contact Melonie thr...

Write your post here. Structural Integration is a powerful form of body work that helps to change posture, realign, and relieve acute and chronic pain. The number of sessions depends on the complexity of the issues that need to be resolved. The changes can be life changing and long lasting or permanent.

Rosemary Rickard, Licensed Massage Therapist

Over 30 years experience each hand!

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