Is Ortho-Bionomy® a healing art or science? Currently, science is mostly viewed from a medical perspective. Although great strides have been made in medical research in the last hundred years, most well-funded medical research is about treatments that can be done to a person, rather than what we can do to heal ourselves. That doesn’t mean that our self-healing capacity is not science-based or evidence-based.… Read the rest
If you are retired, you don’t need to feel tired–you may just need some elder massage! You may have assumed that pain, loss of mobility or various chronic ailments are natural. They are not. They are often the result of putting everything and everyone else first, and not attending to your body’s needs.
It is not selfish, but healthy to retrain habits, to sit, stand, and walk more easily.… Read the rest
How does neuroscience relate to what makes a massage feel good? What actions by a friend, partner or counselor make you feel heard and acknowledged? What is happening inside a child as he bursts into delight as for “getting it right”, or when she snuggles in to be held? The neuroscience study of interpersonal “feeling better” whether by massage, validation, the touch of a friend, good parenting, the support of family or a therapy session is partly about empathy in human relationship.… Read the rest
Parkinson’s Symptoms–Not Only A Movement Disorder
Parkinson’s is known for the shuffling gait, the masked face, the stooped posture, the soft, almost inaudible voice, the slowness of movement, the trembling and rigidity. These motor or movement symptoms are what most people seek treatment for, and they form the basis of the diagnosis.
Non-motor symptoms such as loss of the sense of smell, constipation, depression, anxiety, fatigue, restlessness, irritability, and sleep difficulties may appear 20 years or more ahead of the motor symptoms.… Read the rest
Functional neurology massage works to bring about better cooperation of the body, emotions and nervous system. It uses learning and feedback principles of neuroplasticity–how the brain can rewire itself–to improve functioning. The assessments (see Functional Neuro–A Different Approach to Massage) may give me information about how sensations are limited or distorted–numbness in one arm, or down one side of the face, or continued pain from an old injury.… Read the rest
Aline Newton, a Rolfer with many publications to her credit, has written the best post I’ve seen on the neuroscience of touch. Her main points, with my interpretation:
- Massage therapists and bodyworkers have long been aware of the power of touch to benefit our clients.
- Functional MRI’s show that touch influences mood, sensations, movements, thinking and learning capacities.
- The brain may have different responses to different kinds of touch, duration and depth, and more research is needed here.
Mind-body healing has become widely accepted in public awareness! (Even if it hasn’t made it to your doctor’s office yet.) That is largely due to Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s research. Early in his career, he studied Zen Buddhist meditation and Hatha Yoga. He then adapted them to a scientific context for research. He has been publishing books since 1991.1 He is a Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS).… Read the rest
Continued from previous post, Fibromyalgia Cause is Still a Mystery.
People usually undertake integrative approaches to fibromyalgia treatment with the support of their physician. Lifestyle changes with massage and exercises are often recommended to reduce stress and benefit immune and nervous system response. Doctors may recommend medications for pain relief and improved sleep. Some improve from psychological counseling and many benefit from fibromyalgia support groups.… Read the rest
continued from previous post–Fibromyalgia: From Disbelief to Documented
Over the past 12 years, doctors have recognized fibromyalgia as a centrally sensitized pain condition. Central sensitization means the brain and nervous system are hypersensitive. How they interpret pain signals is not functioning properly. Also, a part of the brain that normally regulates pain perception doesn’t work well.… Read the rest
Chronic Low Back Pain Relief
Chronic low back pain can find relief from massage. This has more and more support from research. But you probably knew the benefits of massage already, right? It is growing in popularity for treatment of a number of conditions, and research backs up what people are finding on their own. In a comparison with self-care education, acupuncture and massage, the massage group “used the least medications…and had the lowest costs of subsequent care.… Read the rest