Apr 24 2015

It Pays to Invest in Mental Health

Published by under research on massage

We’ve previously examined the hidden nature of mental health issues, and looked at how to bring them out of the shadows.

It’s not simply a problem that applies to some people. Just like physical health, you could see it as a continuum which includes everyone, and where everybody can show improvement if given the right skills, training and environment. Being in a good mood encourages healthy lifestyle choices, just as adding more exercise into your week will improve your mood.

Depression and [...]
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Apr 24 2015

Republished: Stem cells, angiogenesis and muscle healing: a potential role in massage therapies?

Abstract Skeletal muscle injuries are among the most common and frequently disabling injuries sustained by athletes.

Repair of injured skeletal muscle is an area that continues to present a challenge for sports medicine clinicians and researchers due, in part, to complete muscle recovery being compromised by development of fibrosis leading to loss of function and susceptibility to re-injury.

Injured skeletal muscle goes through a series of coordinated and interrelated phases of healing including degeneration, inflammation, regeneration and fibrosis. Muscle regeneration initiated shortly after [...]
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Apr 24 2015

Perceptions and benefits of, and barriers to, degree-based education for massage therapy

Abstract: Smith, Donna

Within New Zealand, the practice of massage therapy for health and wellness is part of the growing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) industry and is a popular treatment for a wide range of health conditions. Over the last 20 to 30 years, massage therapists have taken some steps in the process of professionalisation for the purpose of creating legitimacy and acceptance as a serious health care option. However, to date, the practice of massage therapy within New Zealand is [...]
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Apr 24 2015

Promoting a healthy workplace

In general, hospitals and health services (H&HS) are relatively unhealthy work- places for staff members, who may expe- rience various physical and psycho-social burdens during work hours. Thereby, H&HS can aggravate the health of their staff. It is therefore necessary to focus on promoting healthy workplaces in all H&HS. Promoting healthy workplaces includes three main components, all of which ul- timately fall under the responsibility of management. There are three main com- ponents, which are vital to support and develop: • A [...]
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Apr 22 2015

The Effectiveness of Massage Therapy

The Effectiveness of Massage Therapy Intervention on Reducing Anxiety in the Workplace. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 32.2. (1996): 160-173. Shulman, Karen R, and Gwen E. Jones. The effectiveness of an on-site chair massage therapy program in reducing anxiety levels of employees was evaluated. The study found significant reductions in anxiety levels among employees receiving 15-minute weekly massages for 6 weeks. A control group of employees, who received a 15-minute break weekly, experienced no such effect.

this evidence is now coming [...]
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Apr 22 2015

beyondblue launches landmark campaign as it says to business: “If you’re not investing in mental health you’re losing money”

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May 2014 beyondblue has launched an Australian-first national campaign in conjunction with the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance* to encourage Australia’s business leaders to take action on mental health.

It comes as a new PwC report reveals that Australian businesses will receive an average return of $2.30 for every $1 they invest in effective workplace mental health strategies.

The research, which looked at the impact of employees’ mental health conditions on productivity, participation and compensation claims, also found these conditions cost Australian employers at [...]
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Apr 22 2015

Meditation study shows changes associated with awareness, stress

Participating in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress. In a study that will appear in the Jan. 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Harvard-affiliated researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) reported the results of their study, the first to document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain’s gray matter.

“Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness [...]
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Apr 21 2015

Massage myths busted

True or False: Massage therapy after strenuous exercise relieves soreness by stimulating blood flow which assists in the removal of lactic acid and other waste products from muscles.

If you answer “true” then you are certainly not alone. For decades, many massage therapists have adhered to the notion that a deep, penetrating massage gets the blood flowing.

But a new study by researchers at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., suggests that the opposite is actually true – it inhibits circulation at least [...]
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Apr 21 2015

Meditation produces cerebral cortex growth

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The results showed that daily meditation practice caused growth of the cerebral cortex, a part of the brain associated with memory, language and higher-level perceptions.

“This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.”

It seems simple, and in fact everyone can meditate. But for many, being shown how to do it, and encouraged to try, can be the only way to [...]
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Apr 21 2015

Meditation improves memory

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A recent study from the US also points towards meditation as boosting short-term memory capacity, based on better exam scores in a reading-comprehension test.

“Since the strong focus of attention (on an object, idea, or activity) is one of the central aims of meditation, it’s not so surprising that meditation should help people’s cognitive skills on the job, too – but it’s nice to have science confirm it. And everyone can use a little extra assistance on standardized tests.”


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