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An ongoing series of informational entries

Geriatric Massage 

November 2017

I am pleased to announce that I just finished Geriatric Massage training with Sharon Puszko, owner and director of Day-Break Geriatric Massage Institute. I am excited to add this wonderful modality to my practice.

The word “geriatric” refers to health impairments that are associated with the later years of life, usually age 65 and older. This type of massage takes age-related health conditions into account. To successfully administer this modality requires academic knowledge and technical skills that go beyond what is usually taught in massage schools, as it is simply not needed in a practice directed toward younger clients. The style of massage taught by Day-Break Geriatric Massage Institute has been proven to be effective, increasing health and wellness among its recipients.

Massage for the elderly population uses different techniques and a maximum time limit of 30 minutes.

I will be offering Geriatric Massage as an on-call service, so please feel free to contact me for more information.

- Julie Dew, LMT

Massage Therapy for Pain Management

December 2017

The following is a great article from the American Massage Therapy Association regarding the effectiveness of Massage Therapy for pain management :

"According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. You might be wondering how to treat your pain, and massage therapy is one option that is showing promise.

Research continues to support the health benefits of massage therapy for pain management. Find out how massage therapy can help these five painful conditions.

1. Low-back Pain - Back pain is a common neurological ailment in the U.S. Research shows that massage therapy can help decrease pain, reduce disability and lower anxiety/depression in low-back pain sufferers.

2. Fibromyalgia - Studies indicate massage therapy can be a beneficial part of an integrative treatment plan for those with fibromyalgia syndrome by reducing pain, improving quality of life and decreasing anxiety, stiffness, fatigue and more.

3. Post-operative Pain - Post-operative pain can complicate recovery, lengthen hospital stays and interfere with a patient’s return to activities. Recent research indicates massage therapy can be effective for reducing pain intensity/severity and anxiety in patients undergoing surgical procedures.

4. Tension Headaches - According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, tension-type headache is the most common type of headache. Research has shown massage therapy can decrease perceived pain, frequency, duration and intensity for those dealing with tension headaches.

5. Arthritis - Research indicates that 60 minute sessions of Swedish massage once a week for those with osteoarthritis of the knee significantly reduced their pain. In addition, research shows that massage therapy can decrease pain and significantly impact some rheumatoid arthritis patient’s ability to control the mobility of their limbs."

So before you turn to medications that only mask your pain, why not try massage therapy as a way of effectively treating the cause of your pain?

On-site Massage for Seniors and Special Needs Clients

March 2018

Massage therapy is a powerful tool when combined with a regular healthcare regimen. But not everyone is able to travel to a massage therapist's office.

That is why I have expanded my practice to include on-site massage for seniors and clients with special needs who are unable to come to my office. I provide rehabilitative and restorative massage therapy for seniors and people with disabilities and chronic conditions at their residential or treatment centers. This can include clients' homes as well as assisted living centers, hospitals, and rehabilitation facilities.

I am passionate about bringing the benefits of massage to those who need it the most, and am dedicated to making a difference in people's lives through touch.

If you are interested in learning more about this service for yourself or a loved one, please contact me today!

-Julie Dew, LMT