Massage & Bodywork

SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2016

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Pain is the most common complaint we see in our massage practices today. 1 Pain compounds other client issues—elevating stress, altering posture, and reducing one's ability to participate in daily activities. Fear of movement and the resulting isolation eventually make it difficult for the person in pain to reach out for help. According to the World Health Organization, "Chronic pain is one of the most underestimated health-care problems in the world today, causing major consequences for the quality of life of the sufferer and a major burden on the health- care system in the Western world." 2 Estimates are that 1 in 5 adults suffer from pain and that another 1 in 10 adults are diagnosed with chronic pain each year. 3

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