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  1. Massage Therapy - Topic Overview

    What is massage?Massage is rubbing the soft tissues of the body, such as the muscles. Massage may be helpful in reducing tension and pain, improving blood flow, and encouraging relaxation. Massage therapists usually apply pressure with their hands, but they can also use their forearms, elbows, or feet. There are at least 80 different types of massage. Some are gentle, and some are very active and

  2. Massage Therapy Styles and Health Benefits

    WebMD examines different styles of massage, such as Swedish, deep tissue, and hot stone. Find out why they’re done and what their health benefits are.

  3. Causes of Stress

    Take a look at causes of stress, including stress at work and stress from daily life, and how stress can affect health and quality of life.

  4. Grief and Grieving - Topic Overview

    WebMD explains what grief is, what is normal in the grieving process, and how to manage sadness. Also learn the signs of depression to watch for.

  5. Hospice Care - Topic Overview

    What is hospice care?Hospice care provides medical services, emotional support, and spiritual resources for people who are in the last stages of a terminal illness, such as cancer or heart failure. Hospice care also helps family members manage the practical details and emotional challenges of caring for a dying loved one. Why would I choose hospice care?The goal of hospice treatment is to keep ...

  6. Caregiver Tips - Caregiver Tip No. 3: Ask for Help

    Some caregivers live under the impression that they are the only available source of help. However, other sources of assistance are often available that can make your caregiving easier. If you want to be a good caregiver, know where to find help when you need it. The more support you have, the more successful you are likely to be. Services that may be useful to caregivers include the ...

  7. Caregiver Tips - Take Pride

    Take pride in your efforts. Being a caregiver is not easy, and those who do it are special. Following the tips for caregiving can help you feel good about yourself and the care you provide. Remember:Care for your own needs first. Your physical and mental health depend on it. Give yourself as much special attention as you give the person you care for.Help the person you care for to be independent.

  8. Caregiver Tips - Overview

    Many people care for a chronically ill or disabled spouse, parent, or other family member. Caregiving can be a rewarding experience, especially when you know that your care makes a positive difference. However, caregiving can be difficult. There are three keys to being a good caregiver:Take care of yourself first.Don't help too much.Don't do it alone.This topic will tell you more about these tips

  9. Grief and Grieving - Symptoms

    Your experience of grief is likely to be different from another person's. Similarly, you will probably grieve somewhat differently each time you experience a significant loss. Your reaction to loss is influenced by the relationship you had with the lost person, object, or situation, and your general coping style, personality, and life experiences. How you express grief is influenced in part by ...

  10. Hospice Care - Arranging for Hospice Care

    Once you have decided to pursue hospice care, you will need to:Complete documents to determine your eligibility and insurance coverage and to outline your treatment preferences. These documents include: Health care agent or medical power of attorney. For more information, see the topic Choosing a Health Care Agent.Living will. For more information, see the topic Writing an Advance ...

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