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Can massage help painful menstruation?

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Air date: August 25, 2013

Host: Barbara Lewis

Men's & Women's Health Research
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Interview: Andrea Muraskin, field producer.
Men-Jean Lee, M.D., director, maternal-fetal medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine.

One in 10 women misses one to three days of work each month because of debilitating menstrual cramps. “Sound Medicine” field producer Andrea Muraskin was one of those women. After trying every recommended medical treatment, Muraskin finally found relief from a massage therapist. Megan Assaf of Bloomington, Ind., specializes in the Arvigo Techniques of Mayan Abdominal Therapy, which focuses on the idea that a misplaced uterus can impede circulation, compromise nerve pathways and block the flow of energy through the body. According to OB-GYN specialist Men-Jean Lee, M.D., the relaxation that Mayan massage promotes could be useful in reducing menstrual cramps. Dr. Lee also says that the Arvigo Technique can promote stretching and increase blood flow, both of which can ease cramps.

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