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CAN NATURAL THERAPIES HELP YOU SLEEP?

For many people, massage and other therapies are still seen as a form of pampering – an occasional treat to be enjoyed as part of a spa day. Yet an increasing number of people are turning to complementary therapies to help improve their health and wellbeing.

A recent survey of professional therapists showed that nearly two thirds of them are treating clients who have a long-term health condition. Further still, 82% reported they regularly support clients with stress and anxiety, 65% with lower back pain, 55% with joint and mobility issues, and!35% with a diagnosed mental health condition. These sorts of things can have a huge impact on our sleep but the question is, can complementary therapies help? In terms of hard evidence, there’s obviously more research available for conventional medical treatments than for complementary therapies. But there are a good number of studies that suggest certain therapies may also benefit different groups of people, conditions and symptoms. Many of these studies include at least one measurement of sleep, to try to

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