What is the endocannabinoid System?
The System in your Body That School Never Taught You



The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a network of receptors located in the brain and throughout the nervous system; it is the body’s way of maintaining and regulating the homeostasis of crucial body functions. The system is comprised of two different receptors: CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors function primarily to interact with and breakdown the cannabinoids that our body makes, AKA endocannabinoids (‘endo,’ meaning inside the body). It uses these endocannabinoids to regulate important body functions like sleep, stress management, pain tolerance, inflammation, reproduction, motor learning, memory and more.

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Position Statement

It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage therapy can be a beneficial part of an integrative treatment plan for those who suffer with fibromyalgia syndrome.

Background Information

“Fibromyalgia syndrome is a group of signs and symptoms that include chronic pain in muscles, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissues. It is one of a collection of chronic disorders that often go hand in hand. [sic]  Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is frequently seen with chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine headaches, sleep disorders and several other chronic conditions.”  

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Why You Should Turn to Massage Therapy for Pain Management

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. You might be wondering how to treat your pain, and massage therapy is one option that is showing promise.

Research continues to support the health benefits of massage therapy for pain management. Find out how massage therapy can help these five painful conditions.

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Everyone knows that a good massage can make you feel like a new person. And now, people of all ages are beginning to understand the many benefi ts of massage therapy, including the role it can play in overall health and well-being. Recent research suggests that massage can enhance the immune function in preterm infants, decrease blood pressure and improve stability in older persons, as well as reduce stress and anxiety in cancer patients.

Below are summaries of recent medical research about massage compiled by the American Massage Therapy Association which suggest that massage therapy can be an effective tool for a variety of health and medical conditions.

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Massage for Computer Athletes

There’s no doubt that technology has been a huge boon for many people. But, there are downsides to technology as well, particularly for those who work with devices such as computers and tablets every day. Repetitive use injuries and other conditions that lead to chronic pain are increasingly common and cause a variety of symptoms that can take a toll.

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