|Health Problem / Type of Massage
|Migraines and tension headaches / Cranial sacral therapy
||An hour long fingertip technique on the head. It helps cerebral spinal fluid flow ($80 to $150).
||A Boulder College of Massage Therapy study found it reduces frequency and duration.
|Carpal tunnel syndrome / Trigger point therapy
||A 20- to 30- minute kneading of the hands, arms, shoulders and neck ($50 to $80).
||The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami found that it reduces pain.
|Neck ache / Neuromuscular massage
||Thumbs are pressed on nodules in the neck, shoulders and back for 50 minutes ($80 to $125).
||Deep tissue pressure can release muscle knots. After, apply ice or soak in a salt bath for extra relief.
|Chronic lower back pain / Myofascial release therapy
||A 50-minute flat-handed technique stretches tissue to reduce tension in back muscles ($80 to $150).
||Lower back pain can be caused by upper back muscles, so this full-back treatment may help.
|Hypertension / Swedish Massage
||A 60-minute, full-body treatment involves long, gliding strokes and tapping ($70 to $150).
||Research has shown that full-body massage can decrease diastolic blood pressure and ease stress.