It was used after the attacks of Sept. 11.

It was used after Hurricane Katrina.

Now, Cindy Carlson-Wilson is seeing it used in the wake of the May 22 Joplin tornado.

And a new study by Seattle’s Group Health Research Institute reinforces that it actually provides significant relief. Massage therapy, when coupled with traditional medical treatment, relieves back pain and calms the central nervous system.

“After a disaster, people react differently,” said Carlson-Wilson from her business, Massage for Health Center … “Some people hold emotions in, which causes them to tense up and creates stress. That leads to muscles that are sore and painful.”

The Joplin Globe, Joplin, Missouri, Aug. 11, 2011