by Laura Bennato
"I am fuelled by a passion for helping others so, for me, working as a practitioner is relaxing and rewarding, I love what I do! I believe it is important to be present and in tune with the client so I use a variety of techniques tailored to the needs of each and every individual, aiming to help clients in need of physical relief from chronic pain and physical or emotional trauma as well as clients who may wish to simply increase their vitality and well being."
My selected article for December - Source: NHS Choices
Manual therapy techniques
"Manual therapy uses 'hands on' treatment techniques to mobilise joints and soft tissues. It's suitable for most people and can be used to:
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) advises that manual therapy can be used to treat persistent lower back pain.
In some cases, massage techniques may also be used as part of your treatment programme. Evidence suggests that it can be useful for treating a range of health conditions, including helping to reduce some of the symptoms of cancer and the side effects of cancer treatment.
A study carried out in 2009 looked at the effects of therapeutic massage on the quality of life among people being treated for breast cancer.
The results showed that therapeutic massage had potential benefits for improving the effects of breast cancer treatment by reducing the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It also had a positive effect on perceived quality of life."
My selected video for November - Source: CNN - 3min 03sec
Holly Firfer tells us how arthritis patients can find relief through massage therapy.
My selected video for October - Source: CNN - 3min 31sec
Holly Firfer reports on researchers testing the benefits of massage therapy on cancer survivors.