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Massage Has More Benefits Than You Think

(NewsUSA) - Like most Americans, you probably know that a professional massage feels good and can help you relax from a hectic day or ongoing life stresses.

But did you know that massage therapy can help with a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, pulled muscles or lower back pain? And did you know that there are different types of massage therapy for various health conditions and situations?

The American Massage Therapy Association offers the following information to help you become more familiar with massage therapy:

Massage therapy can be effective for recovery from a sports injury or prevention of an injury. It has also been shown to be helpful in soothing chronic back pain by reducing muscle tension and spasms.

Massage can be useful in easing headache pain by targeting and releasing pressure points. Research shows that massage can also reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure, relax muscles and improve range of motion.

Massage therapy is more accessible than ever before, with massage therapists available in health care settings, fitness clubs, shopping malls, chiropractic offices and even at airports. Companies are also offering massage to their employees at work to help reduce absenteeism and stress and improve productivity.

A massage therapist may use several techniques during one session to address different conditions. You don't have to be an expert on massage or even know what type of massage you want when you make an appointment. A qualified massage therapist can help determine what would be best for your particular needs.

To find a qualified massage therapist near your home, work or vacation destination, look for a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. AMTA's "Find a Massage Therapist" national locator service can help you find a qualified massage therapist through its free online service at or by calling (888) THE-AMTA.

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