Massage and Aromatherapy: A Guide for Health Professionals by Andrew Vickers (auth.)

By Andrew Vickers (auth.)

This publication goals to offer healthiness pros a balanced and indepen­ dent assessment of therapeutic massage and aromatherapy. i've got written it simply because, regardless of growing to be curiosity, there's a dearth literature in this topic. This booklet goals to hide a few subject matters that are under-represented in latest guides. those comprise: • clinical examine in therapeutic massage and aromatherapy; • using the remedies in clinical settings; • the information base of therapeutic massage and aromatherapy; • expert and managerial concerns; • protection. knowing of those matters is vital for any reasoned evalu­ ation of therapeutic massage and aromatherapy. but this booklet is one of the first to supply info appropriate for this job. on the present time of writing, just about all books on therapeutic massage and aroma remedy were written with the lay public in brain. The texts prompt to scholars and practitioners by means of the key colleges and associations are the exact same as these on hand in health and wellbeing nutrients outlets as normal introductions for potential sufferers. no longer strangely, such books typically fail to incorporate in-depth discussions issues.

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By Andrew Vickers (auth.)

This publication goals to offer healthiness pros a balanced and indepen­ dent assessment of therapeutic massage and aromatherapy. i've got written it simply because, regardless of growing to be curiosity, there's a dearth literature in this topic. This booklet goals to hide a few subject matters that are under-represented in latest guides. those comprise: • clinical examine in therapeutic massage and aromatherapy; • using the remedies in clinical settings; • the information base of therapeutic massage and aromatherapy; • expert and managerial concerns; • protection. knowing of those matters is vital for any reasoned evalu­ ation of therapeutic massage and aromatherapy. but this booklet is one of the first to supply info appropriate for this job. on the present time of writing, just about all books on therapeutic massage and aroma remedy were written with the lay public in brain. The texts prompt to scholars and practitioners by means of the key colleges and associations are the exact same as these on hand in health and wellbeing nutrients outlets as normal introductions for potential sufferers. no longer strangely, such books typically fail to incorporate in-depth discussions issues.

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For example, Beck (1988) states that: Massage encourages the nutrition and development of the muscular system by way of stimulation of its circulation, nerve supply, and cell activity. Regular and systematic massage causes muscles to become firmer and more elastic. Beck, 1988: 200 Massage benefits the circulatory system by: helping to develop a stronger heart, improving oxygen supply to cells, decreasing blood pressure, increasing circulation of lymph. Beck, 1988: 334 There are four problems with claims such as 'massage decreases blood pressure'.

Following a course of Rolfing, the American's footprint was said to approximate to that of the Aborigine. This was used as the basis for a claim that Rolfing helps return posture and balance to a natural optimum. Rolfing is one of the more prevalent bodywork therapies and is reasonably representative of the field. The technique uses strong pressure to reorganize the structures of the body. The aim of the therapy is to align the body in an optimal position with respect to gravity, something which allows a person to stand erect, and make other movements, with less muscular effort.

Muscle energy techniques (MEn MET involves using the patient's muscular effort in combination with Introduction to aromatherapy 27 that of the practitioner. It is best explained by example. Take the case of a patient who cannot turn his head to the left due to spasm in the muscles of the right side of the neck. The patient moves the head slowly leftwards to the point of resistance, where pain and restriction of motion would normally occur. The practitioner then uses isometric force (equal and constant pressure so that there is no movement) against the patient's attempt to tum further.

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