Massage could help reduce occupational stress for people working in emergency medical services

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Massage could be an effective therapy for reducing stress in people working in emergency medical services, according to a study published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. People working in emergency services often suffer from occupational stress, so the study sought to establish whether…

NHS England to recruit 1,000 social prescribing link workers

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An army of advisers will be recruited to help patients live fitter, healthier lives and combat anxiety, loneliness and depression under recent plans by NHS England to ramp up social prescribing. Around half of GP appointments are not directly related to medical conditions, according to experts. Growing…

Massage therapy assists in elite para-athlete recovery

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Massage therapy can improve sleep and muscle tightness to aid recovery in elite para-athletes, according to a study published in BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine (Kennedy et al, 2018). In a mixed methods study, scientists invited nine members of Team Roger C Peace, an elite para-cycling…

Turmeric extract could be used to help treat glaucoma

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Glaucoma is a common eye condition affecting the optic nerve, where it becomes damaged because fluid builds up in the front part of eye. This increases pressure inside the eye and can lead to loss of vision if it isn’t treated early. Eye drops containing curcumin, an…

Mindfulness improves sleep in fibromyalgia patients

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Researchers at the University of Derby have conducted the first-ever study focusing on exploring the effects of mindfulness for improving sleep in individuals with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a chronic and debilitating pain condition that affects approximately three percent of adults. In addition to generalised all-over body pain and various cognitive…