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Massages Reduce Chronic Back Pain
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5 reasons massage is not just for pampering.

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Aromatherapy Improves Sleep

A recent meta-analysis of research on the use of aromatherapy for improving sleep quality showed the modality to be effective in terms of enhancing sleep.
The study, “The effects of aromatherapy on sleep improvement: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis,” focused on evaluating 13 randomized, controlled trials that involved the use of aromatherapy for promoting better sleep.
Each study included in the meta-analysis involved adults age 20 and older. As for the specific aromatherapy interventions, the studies focused on three methods: inhalation, massage and skin application.

Massages Reduce Chronic Back Pain

A weekly massage reduced back pain better than using only medications and exercises, and the effects of the 10-week treatment lasted for six months, according to a new study.

"This is important because chronic back pain is among the most common reasons people see doctors and alternative practitioners, including massage therapists," said study researcher Daniel Cherkin, a senior investigator at the nonprofit Group Health Research Institute in Seattle. "It's also a common cause of disability, absenteeism, and 'presenteeism,' when people are at work but can't perform well.

Why Massage is an "Integral Component" in the Affordable Care Act

Document Details Why Massage is an "Integral Component" in the Affordable Care Act's Essential Health Benefits

Some leaders in the massage field are taking steps to try and ensure that massage becomes a greater part of the U.S. health care system, as the implementation date of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) comes closer. A section of the ACA, which goes into effect in 2014, prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against health care providers—including those licensed as complementary health care providers—relative to their coverage and participation in health plans.

5 reasons massage is not just for pampering.

Many people believe that going to a massage therapist is just a way to pamper or indulge yourself. This is why so many of us wait to have one; we treat it as a way to reward ourselves for special occasions, like birthdays or vacations. The truth is, the benefits of receiving a therapeutic massage run much deeper than the superficial "feeling good" — which seems like a good enough reason, in my mind!
There are endless positive benefits to receiving a massage, but here are just a few: 
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