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Thursday, September 15th, 2011

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Human Touch® Honors Pain Awareness Month in September by Providing Education, Resources and Support for America’s Millions of Pain Sufferers

Connect with Human Touch® @HTFeelBetter to learn about common pain conditions, holistic pain management strategies from experts, and to enter to win an iJoy® massage chair

Long Beach, CA (September 15, 2011) – In honor of Pain Awareness Month in September, Human Touch®, the U.S. market leader of innovative massage chairs, Perfect Chair® recliners, and other wellness solutions, is dedicating its online wellness education efforts to chronic pain and pain management.

According to the American Pain Foundation, an estimated 50 million Americans suffer from persistent pain each year. Add two loved ones for every patient and the total number of people affected is at least 150 million Americans–50% of the population.

Medical experts also agree that holistic approaches to pain management, which include regular massage, stress reduction, and proper relaxation, combined with proper medical treatment, can greatly help pain sufferers achieve a healthier and happier lifestyle with less pain.

Dr. James Rouse, N.D., a naturopathic physician and esteemed member of Human Touch’s Wellness Council, says, “Successful holistic pain management includes harmonizing the chemistry it? creates along with lifestyle medicine practices which include exercise, stress management, body work and therapeutic massage.” The Human Touch® Wellness Council comprises esteemed experts in their fields, ranging from doctors, to massage therapists and aroma-herbalists, professional athletes, and more. Each of these professionals has dedicated their time and expertise to educating individuals about how to live healthier and happier lives through regular massage, relaxation, and other wellness practices.

Throughout September, Human Touch® will be honoring Pain Awareness Month in the following ways. Pain sufferers, their friends and loved ones are encouraged to join Human Touch’s online community @HTFeelBetter on Twitter and Facebook, as well as on the Human Touch® Wellness Blog, to get involved and show their support of Pain Awareness Month, and for a chance to win an iJoy® Robotic Massage® Chair and CirQlation® foot & calf massager!

“Like” the Human Touch Wellness Center on Facebook to get advice from various experts on pain conditions and pain management strategies, which includes weekly blog posts on important pain topics and coping strategies from Human Touch’s Wellness Council members.

Enter Human Touch’s Twitter contest for a chance to win an iJoy® Robotic Massage® Chair and CirQlation® foot & calf massager! In honor of pain sufferers everywhere, Human Touch® @HTFeelBetter has partnered with Susan Ingebretson @SueInge, one of our dear “Friends in Wellness”, to make this contest a great success.

Susan Ingebretson is a Human Touch "Friend in Wellness" and she is partnering with us for Pain Awareness Month with a special contest on Twitter.

Sue has made a personal commitment to help pain sufferers live better and achieve wellness in their everyday lives. She is a writer, speaker, holistic health counselor and the director of program development for the Fibromyalgia Research and Education Center at California State University, Fullerton. Her book, FibroWHYalgia: Why Rebuilding the Ten Root Causes of Chronic Illness Restores Chronic Wellness, details her own journey from illness to wellness.

For contest details and to enter to win, visit (link to contest page). The contest will end Oct. 14, 2011 at midnight PST. Two lucky winners will be announced on Oct. 15, 2011 at 3 p.m. PST on Twitter @HTFeelBetter.

• Connect with other pain sufferers and their loved ones to share personal stories and inspiration, including individuals with pain conditions who use Human Touch® massage chairs, Perfect Chairs and wellness products, as part of their daily wellness lifestyle routine, such as fibromyalgia sufferer Kim Schultz of Taylorsville, UT. She says, “Moderately severe fibromyalgia ruled my life for a while. The painful muscles that tighten up and won’t release made resting or sleeping extremely difficult. For the past several years, I’ve found relief in my Human Touch® iJoy® massage chair. I’ve tried a lot of chairs but the iJoy® was the only chair that gave me relief. The firm kneading and rolling massage that the chair delivers to my back allows me to rest, to sleep, and to breathe again. The chair has made a huge difference in my life. It is the one thing that I know will relieve my pain when everything else fails.”

About Human Touch®

In pushing the boundaries of its traditional massage chairs and wellness products through advanced proprietary technology and innovation, Human Touch® is focused on infusing health and wellness into everyday lives through high-quality, design-oriented and award-winning massage chairs, Zero-Gravity Perfect Chair® Recliners and other wellness products and solutions. Human Touch® has been making people feel better® for more than 30 years by developing state-of-the-art massage and wellness products, as well as by providing valuable consumer education about the substantial health and wellness benefits of regular massage therapy, relaxation and proper posture. Stress relief, increased range of motion, pain relief, improved circulation and increased immunity are just some of the valuable health benefits associated with regular massage therapy. Human Touch® products are available at back care specialty stores, fine furniture stores across the country, through international retailers and distributors in more than 40 countries, as well as online at www.humantouch.com.

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Thursday, September 15th, 2011

September is Pain Awareness Month and Human Touch® has asked a couple of it’s Wellness Council Members to help out and educate the public about various types of pain, pain management and the benefits of massage. Stick with us this month to learn about various types of pain and chronic pain and gain valuable insight into how you or your loved ones can feel better.

The following post is by Dr. Dill, one of Human Touch’s esteemed Wellness Council members. Human Touch is committed to educating professionals, sports-enthusiasts, back pain sufferers and consumers alike on the importance and benefits of taking control of their daily lives, maintaining a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit and maximizing their overall health and wellness lifestyle by incorporating regular massage into their “wellness” routine through the use of personal massage products.

“It is never enough to only address one component of your health. It is very important to incorporate wellness principles into one’s daily routine. I recommend that people focus on four main areas: diet, exercise, rest and having a healthy nervous system.” Dr. Dill

Four Ways to Manage Chronic Pain with Holistic Care
by Dr. Shawn Henry Dill, D.C.

Gone are the days when health meant a singular focus on the physical aspects of the body. Traditional medical doctors may continue to “treat” health issues by addressing the symptoms with pills and surgery, but as more people realize the limitations of this process, they’re turning to holistic healthcare.

Holistic healthcare addresses more than the physical symptoms. Instead, a holistic approach to managing health issues looks at the body, mind and spirit as one working unit. Because these three parts of the body are intertwined with each other, they must be addressed together, and to do that, holistic care looks for the underlying causes of symptoms instead of artificially “curing” problems using invasive procedures.

This is good news for those who suffer from chronic pain. Though most people experience a bit of soreness or stiffness every once in awhile, waking up to pain every day can take a toll on a person’s physical, mental and emotional health. Whether that pain manifests itself as fibromyalgia, chronic migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome or some other chronic condition, it can hinder the quality of life. For those who suffer from chronic pain, however, there is a solution beyond popping pills or simply “dealing with it.” Using holistic health techniques like those listed below, people can live a healthy and happy life free of chronic pain.

Look at what you eat. A common cause of chronic pain is often affiliated with sensitivity to certain foods. For example, those who suffer from arthritis find that removing onions, potatoes, green peppers and tomatoes helps alleviate pain. Toxins in chemicals and molds may also be a problem. Using unscented laundry soap and avoiding chlorine bleach have been advantageous to sufferers of back pain and headaches.

Get a massage. Frequent massages not only feel good initially, but they also have long-term benefits as well. Massage helps because it is directed in the specific places where people feel their pain. Not only do people walk away from massages with an overall sense of well-being, but stress responses in the body associated with pain are reduced through massage.

Consider an upper cervical chiropractor. Unlike mainstream chiropractors that are known for their spine-twisting techniques, upper cervical chiropractors specifically focus on the top two bones in the backbone. When these bones are unaligned, they disrupt the flow of communication from the brain to the body, but when they are aligned properly, full neurological capacity is restored to the body, which can then heal itself.

Meditate. This is one of the most affordable, convenient and easiest holistic techniques chronic pain sufferers can use to manage their medical problems. Meditation is simply the practice of calming, quieting and clearing of the mind for inner contemplation. During meditation, there are real physical changes that occur in the body. These changes alter metabolism, blood pressure, brain chemistry and the respiratory system, creating a relaxation response. Studies have shown that those using meditation to manage chronic pain have an increased ability to perform their daily activities and long-term improvements in mood. It also helps with stress management, which is a root cause of pain for some people.

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