Forty-five minutes of Swedish massage twice a week for six weeks, reduced the effects of GAD. A study done by the Massage Therapy Foundation showed a reduction in Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale scores after the twelve treatments.
I found this information in the Massage Today publication, 01.2018
- Rapaport MH, et, al. “Acute Swedish Massatge Monotherapy Successfully Remediates Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Proff-of-Concept, Randomized Controlled Study.” J Clin Psychiatry, July 2016;77(7):883-91.
What exactly are these irritating bumps in our bodies that are so sore at times? They are known as myofascial trigger points, also known as, abnormal areas in the muscle.
I’ve been getting lots of questions about what exactly are these things and how do they form, so for those of you who have asked, I hope this give you a better understanding.
When a muscle contracts continuously, it creates a spasm. And that is how the knot is formed. Activities that cause these buggers to come out are simple things that we don’t realize we do every day. Here are some examples: holding the phone between your shoulder and ear for long periods of time, sitting in a chair with little to no back support, lifting things improperly (how many of us do that?), and bending over a table for a long period of time.
Interesting huh? So, if we watch these things that I just listed, then we can help prevent those knots from occurring.
A few things listed as acute trauma are not controlled though with our awareness. Those are if we fall, have an automobile accident, or a sports injury.
The best way to take care of knots is massage. And seeking out those other therapies as well is great.