the respected Massage Magazine - various research findings on the
affects and benefits of massage Scroll down the page for links
is Spinal Compression and What Causes It?
As you've likely
experienced, most doctors are too busy treating the symptoms of
back pain with treatment like anti-inflammatory medications, electrical
stimulation, ultrasound and cortisone injections, and they simply
ignore what is one of the biggest factors that contributes to back
pain. This contributing factor is spinal compression...
From the moment
we are born, our bodies are at the mercy of gravity, a force that
continuously creates pressure and stress on all of our muscles,
bones, joints and ligaments.
By far, the
part of the body that is affected most by gravity is the spine.
The combination of gravity and muscle imbalances shove the vertebrae
together, pressing on the discs.
distance between the vertebrae can result in nerve root pressure,
which in turn causes pain.
Even the slightest
increase in spacing can be enough to allow a herniated disc to pop
back into place or relieve pressure from a compressed nerve. More
to enhance well-being is a tradition that dates back to ancient
China. The practice of touching specific points on the body was
originally called anmo (anma by the Japanese). Over time, anma was
dropped as a medical treatment and was used purely for pleasure
In the twentieth
century, however, a group of practitioners recognized the value
of anma in easing muscle tension and soothing various kinds of aches
and pains. They began promoting the art as a way to treat illness
and changed the name to shiatsu.
Benefits of Sweating
it in the form of the Finnish sauna, the Russian bania, the Turkish
hamman, or an American Indian sweatlodge-- is as common to the world
as the baking of bread and the squeezing of the grape. The author
spent three years traveling around the world, photographing, researching,
and yes, enjoying many of these baths. More
of Americans Pressed for Time; a Third Are Stressed Out
and children contribute to time, stress issues -