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Does Massage Really Help back pain?

People who are skeptical about massage want to know, "Does Massage REALLY HELP back pain?"  Well.... keep reading this Blog because we have some news for you.

According to a 2011 study published in theAnnals of Internal Medicine
titled: "A Comparison of Massage Therapy and Usual Medical Care for Chronic Low Back Painresearchers concluded that "Participants who received massage had less pain and were better able to perform daily activities after 10 weeks than those who received usual care.

Stretching

Few realize the importance of STRETCHING and fail to include it as part of their Daily Exercise.  Stretching is known to increase flexibility, increase range of motion in joints, improve circulation, improve posture, relieve stress and prevent injuries.

With all of these benefits, it's important to stretch before and after a work-out.

Here are a few stretching 101 basics for you to remember:

  • Target Major Muscle Groups:When you're stretching, focus on your calves, thighs, hips, lower back, neck and shoulders.

Questions to ask before getting a massage

Recently in the State of Michigan, a requirement has been made that ALL Massage therapists obtain a State License ( Just like a Doctor, Physical Therapist, Hair Stylist etc) in order to legally provide professional services. So, with this requirement in effect, it is paramount that you ask "Do the Therapists have State licenses to practice massage?"  This assures that you will have a quality, trained professional giving you a massage. 

In addition, here is a listing of pertinent questions to ask BEFORE scheduling a massage appointment:  

Tax Deductions for Massage Therapy

Tax Season is around the corner so everyone is in a scramble to find deductions to claim.  Well, it may be pleasing to know that Massage Therapy is a tax Deductible Medical claim if you qualify.  YES, you read that correctly!  And "qualify" means that you Doctor has written you a prescription to bring into your Massage appointment.   This validates that your massage is part of your medical treatment plan.  This would pertain to people who have chronic back problems or muscle problems and are under a Doctors care for the problem.  So, next time you visit your Doctor talk to him/her about your treatments and ask him/her if you may have a prescription.  In addition, please talk to your Tax preparer to find out if you can file this claim as well. ****Disclaimer****  The Information provided in this Blog is for knowledge only.  It doesn't replace contacting your Doctor or Tax Preparer.  Thank you.