This is very much what I believe in...as Instant Calma I feel that all types of massage therapies should be available on the NHS; massage is not about profit, it is about caring and healing.
How massage is playing a vital role in hospitals, by NAOMI COLEMAN, femail.co.uk
Massage is no longer exclusive to smart spas and beauty salons. It is playing an increasing role in hospitals and hospices to help patients cope with illness.
In fact, massage is becoming increasingly commonplace in intensive care units and cancer wards as well as delivery rooms and psychiatric hospitals.
Click on the link at the bottom of the page to discover how massage is helping patients.
Massage therapist Clare Maxwell-Hudson, who runs a massage course where many students go onto work in hospitals, says 20 years ago massage therapy in hospitals was virtually unknown. 'Today there is a growing role for massage therapists in NHS and private hospitals because the benefits of massage are being recognised.'
Massage involves touching, pressing or kneading the surface of the body to promote mental and physical relaxation. It is used mostly for muscle ache since part of the discomfort experienced is often caused by the tension caused in guarding the body against pain.
Similarly, it is also used for stress-related problems such as anxiety, sleeplessness, depression and migraine.
Today, more than 100 hospitals and 200 health services around Britain offer 'touch therapy' such as massage to patients alongside conventional medicine. The number of posts for massage therapists have more than doubled in ten years and an increasing number of nurses are choosing to combine standard nursing practices with massage.
Although practitioners say massage won't cure illnesses, it can help patients face surgery, cope with treatment such as chemotherapy and give them a psychological boost.
The move is being supported by the Department of Health which has recently announced proposals to fund more research on complementary therapies and cancer patients.
Hospital patients who think massage could help them cope with their illness can ask nurses or hospital consultants to refer them to the massage therapy department or complementary therapy unit at their hospital. However not all hospitals have such departments.
If you would like to find out which hospitals offer complementary therapies, Macmillan Cancer Relief has just published a new directory of complementary therapy services available for hospital patients in the UK. Staff manning the Macmillan Cancer Line (0808 8082020) can use this to help you find the best services in your area.
If you would like to know more about the health benefits of massage, you can read Clare Maxwell-Hudson's Massage: the definitive visual reference, published by Dorling Kindersley, £9.99, or Kiss Guide to Massage, also published by Dorling Kindersley, £12.99
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