Entries in Massage (6)


Colorado Business Denies Withholding Massage Because of Woman's Weight

Courtesy Laura Smith(AURORA, Colo.) -- The owner of a Colorado company accused of refusing to massage a woman because of her weight has denied the allegation.

"She was never refused service and she was never called fat," owner Penny Wells of the Natural Healing Center in Aurora told ABC News on Thursday.

Wells contacted ABC News on Thursday after declining to respond to repeated requests for comment on Wednesday.

Would-be customer Laura Smith said she entered the Natural Healing Center last month, hoping for a massage to relieve the aftereffects of a half-marathon she had run the day before.

"I ran 13.1 miles. I was hurting just from that in and of itself," Smith, 31, told ABC News this week. "I was really looking forward to the massage. I was going to relax."

Instead, Smith said, the owner "was very matter of fact about it. She said, 'I'm really sorry, but you're just too fat for our table. You'll probably break [it] and have to pay for it.'"

Wells denies the accusations.

At 6-foot-3 with an athletic build, the 250-pound Smith said massages at other places have never been an issue.

"I was just kind of in shock," she recalled of the Jan. 21 incident. "When it sunk in, I just started to cry, then I grabbed my stuff and left."

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ShoulderFlex Massagers a Serious Safety Risk, FDA Warns

Amazon dot com(WASHINGTON) -- The ShoulderFlex Massager, sold by King International in stores since 2003, poses a risk of serious injury and even death, according to the FDA.  The agency has issued a safety warning for the device, for which the Consumer Safety Products Commission has received reports of near strangulation and a death, MedPage Today reports.  Other reports included hair and clothing becoming snagged in the massager.

The device has adjustable massaging fingers that can be controlled with a handheld controller.  Users recline back on the ShoulderFlex when it is placed on a flat surface.

The FDA advised consumers and health care professionals not to use the ShoulderFlex or suggest that patients use it.  The FDA also suggested users dispose of the massaging fingers and power supply separately from the unit so that it cannot be reassembled and used again.

An FDA assessment is now underway of King International's plan for recalling the device.

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Health Workers Found More Likely to Use Alternative Remedies

Comstock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) – A new report suggests that three-quarters of all U.S. health-care workers use alternative medicine in their regimen, according to HealthDay.

Doctors and hospital employees were found to be overall more inclined to use remedies like yoga, acupuncture, and herbal therapy in their own lives than the general public.

Lori Knutson of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing in Minneapolis conducted the study with information from the National Health Interview Survey.

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Alternative Medicine Popular Among Health-Care Professionals 

Creatas/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Nearly 75 percent of U.S. health-care workers use some kind of alternative medicine to maintain good health, a new study finds.

HealthDay reports that the study, published in the August issue of Health Services Research, found that those in healthcare—doctors, nurses and their assistants, health technicians, and healthcare administrators—were more likely to use alternative medicine options like massage, yoga, acupuncture and herbal medicine than the general public.

Nearly 38 percent of Americans use some kind of alternative medicine, like dietary supplements, meditation, chiropractic services and Pilates, according to the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine—part of the National Institutes of Health.

The 2007 National Health Interview Survey sampled more than 14,300 working adults, 18 years old and up, and covered 36 different forms of health options, including mind-body therapies and energy-healing treatments.

The study revealed that doctors and nurses were twice as likely as non-clinical health-care support workers to have practiced alternative medicine services in the past year.

Overall, health-care workers used alternative medicine the most—more than those outside the health-care industry.

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Can You Beat Low Back Pain with Massage?

Creatas/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- Massage therapy may provide more relief for patients with chronic low back pain than [previously thought -- at least in the short term -- according to a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Researchers affiliated with the Seattle-based Group Health Research Institute divided a total of 401 chronic low back pain patients into three groups. One of the groups served as a control group, with no changes in care, while those in the other two groups received either relaxation massage or structural massage.

After 10 weeks of therapy, one in three patients receiving either type of massage said their back pain was reduced, while only one in 25 of those on standard care reported the same relief.  Massage patients also reported improved physical function, fewer days in bed, more activity and decreased use of anti-inflammatory medications.

"This seems to offer clinicians another option for managing a challenging group of patients," said study co-author Dr. Richard Deyo, professor of evidence-based family medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.  "Some patients are eager to avoid medications, injections, or surgery, and this may offer some relief."

Whether the reported benefits actually point to a therapeutic benefit to massage -- or are simply an example of the placebo effect -- has yet to be determined.  And while the benefits of massage therapy appeared to last up to six months after the beginning of treatment, they tended to dissipate after a year.

Doctors pointed to this latter finding as evidence that the benefits of massage for low back pain were, at best, transitory.

"The data does not fit with most of what is known about low back pain," said Dr. Donlin Long, professor of neurosurgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.  "We have data from nearly 2,000 patients collected in a nationwide study which showed no lasting benefit with any [physical therapy], manipulation, and massage... I've used massage for years and what is does is relieve muscle pain while the patient improves spontaneously, but only in a well-chosen few."

Part of the problem may be that while massage addresses muscular issues, many cases of chronic low back pain involve skeletal and nerve problems as well.

Still, for those affected by low back pain -- the second most common neurological ailment in the United States and the most common cause of job-related disability, according to the National Institutes of Health -- even the temporary benefits of massage may be time and money well spent.

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Flu Fixes: Sex, Good Rubdowns Rev Immunity

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WILKES-BARRE, Penn.) – With seasonal flu season upon us, the gold standards of flu prevention such as vigilant hand-washing and flu vaccination become increasingly important. In addition to these tried and true techniques, however, research suggests a number of complementary therapies that can help prevent and overcome the cold and flu blues.

Sex, a well-known stress-buster, has been shown to have immune-boosting effects when had regularly. A study done at Wilkes University found that those who had sex one to two times a week had elevated levels of IgA, while those who abstained or those who had sex more frequently had significantly lower concentrations of the protein in their system.

Non-sexual touch also confers healthful benefits for a dampened immune system. Though getting a massage is often thought of as a good treatment for sore muscles or a bad back, researchers from the University of Miami School of Medicine find that regular massage treatments boost immunity as well.

Massage increases the activity level and number of the body's natural "killer cells," which fight off pathogens, and decreases the amount of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the blood.

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