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Massage Therapy for Those With Disabilities

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Massage Therapy for the DisabledMassage therapy is an accepted therapy for those with disabilities. According to several studies, massage therapy has been found to help children with autism, ADHD, cystic fibrosis, and cerebral palsy. The combination of strokes and passive stretching benefits most people. It is also very important for adults in that it keeps the muscles stretched and smooth.

Neuromuscular therapy, trigger point therapy and active release technique are just a few options. Active Release Technique (ART) is a soft-tissue management system created by Dr. P. Michael Leahy. These two therapies along with ART can be used for children who have gone through surgery, as it helps decrease scar tissue. When choosing a therapist, it’s important to find one who is well versed in a number of techniques and has a good knowledge of pain disorders and dysfunctions.Massage Therapy Helps Disabilities

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Basically, massage is the practice of soft tissue manipulation with physical and psychological purposes and goals. Massage involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure. This can include structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving tension, motion or vibration.  There are over eighty different recognized massage modalities and most states require that therapists be licensed. Always use a licensed massage therapist as if the therapist is not properly trained, he/she can aggravate the condition of the muscles.


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  1. In 2002 I discovered Active Release Techniques, ART, a medically patented technique developed by Dr. Michael Leahy. I was amazed at the ART treatment I personally received which immediately resolved my chronic shoulder, knee, and ankle problems that had responded minimally to other types of care. ART gave me my life back. I got my “game” back, I began running, cycling, swimming, etc.. I give all the credit to ART.

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