AMTA Time Management for National Convention

I am ready to go to AMTA National Convention in Raleigh. There is so much to do. I have no idea how to keep up with where I need to be and when. – Here is a spreadsheet to help manage your time. The daily tabs need to be filled in first. Once the Daily tabs are filled in, the whole schedule will be filled in automatically – Compliments from your webmaster Perry Harward

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Position Statement 6 for National 2012

POSITION STATEMENT: #6

It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage therapy can assist in the rehabilitation of burn scars.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Scar formation is a normal reaction of the body to injury. On the skin surface, scars develop as the result of damage such as burns, deep lacerations, or a variety of other injuries that penetrate or damage the skin. The development of superficial scarring is the method by which the body heals the skin wound. However, in those cases where injury is too deep or severe, skin grafts are usually performed.
In grafts, skin is taken from a non-damaged area of the body and reattached over the injured area.  Scar formation may then continue for a period of time after wound closure is accomplished.

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Position Statement 5 for National 2012

POSITION STATEMENT #5

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.  Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is frequently seen with chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine headaches, sleep disorders and several other chronic conditions.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, “Scientists estimate that fibromyalgia affects 5 million Americans or older. Between 80 and 90 percent of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women.   However, men and children also can have the disorder.”2 A survey conducted with those who have FMS indicates that 98% of those surveyed used some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to help manage their disorder.  In that study, the researchers found that 44% of those surveyed chose massage therapy.  In other evidence, the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) states: ” Fibromyalgia is another pain condition frequently seen by health care providers, and one in which there often is no universally effective treatment. Studies have found that up to 91 percent of people with fibromyalgia use some form of CAM, and up to 75 percent use massage therapy.”

 

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Position Statement 4 for National 2012

POSITION STATEMENT  #4

It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage therapy can help improve sleep.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Quality sleep is vital to health and wellness. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
“Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions—such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression—which threaten our nation’s health.  Notably, insufficient sleep is associated with the onset of these diseases and also poses important 24 implications for their management and outcome. Moreover, insufficient sleep is responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related crashes, causing substantial injury and disability each year. In  short, drowsy driving can be as dangerous—and preventable—as driving while intoxicated.”

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Position Statement 3 for National 2012

POSITION STATEMENT #3

It is the position of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) that massage therapy can be good for health.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” With this in mind, it would be appropriate to state that anything that positively impacts the physical, mental and social well-being of an  individual as well as possibly decreasing incidence of disease would improve health.
Research is showing us that massage therapy can help in varying populations with anxiety, depression, boosting immune function, lowering blood pressure, and pain issues.  There are also some smaller studies that indicate that massage therapy can help those with dementia, improving body image, and there is also a small study that shows that when people receive massage therapy, they may  start to make better choices in their lives.

We are now starting to understand how greatly stress negatively impacts our lives, health, well-being and 38 quality of life.  Research has shown that massage therapy can have a positive influence with the issue of stress and improving quality of life.

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