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Month: July 2017

The Nocebo Effect

The Nocebo Effect

Most people are aware that there can be a positive effect merely from the power of suggestion, the placebo effect. Studies invariably demonstrate that reduction in pain as the result of an intervention are correlated to the expectation that there will be a reduction in pain as a result of said intervention. If you go to a doctor and you are given medication for pain then the chances are that so long as you believe that the medication will work…

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Massage Etiquette Around The World

Massage Etiquette Around The World

A frequent discussion post on massage Facebook groups revolves around what to wear for a massage, draping and whether adjusting underwear is appropriate. And there is a large cultural difference which could lead to massage recipients feeling uncomfortable if trying a massage in a different country or a different modality in their own country. An expression that is commonly used by therapists is that you should “undress to your level of comfort”.  Personally I am not particularly fond of this…

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Is Your Bra Giving You A Headache?

Is Your Bra Giving You A Headache?

One of the most common conditions that we see as massage therapists is tension in the neck and shoulders caused by poor posture. The shoulders are rounded forward which may cause the head to be further forward than ideal. The muscles of the upper back and neck are forced to work hard to compensate and headaches or stiff neck may result. There are any number of reasons why this may occur but a common cause may be an ill fitting…

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