posted on October 1, 2009 - 11:20am
Letters to Quest: A former MDA summer camper shares her memories ** Readers respond to articles about exercise, public transit, travel problems, caring touch ** Selfless fire fighters help a Virginia man ** A reader asks about overusing hand muscles while playing video games, and MDA Medical Director Valerie Cwik responds.

A caring touch can work wonders

posted on July 1, 2009 - 3:46pm
QUEST Vol. 16, No. 3
I guess I’d give anything to get physical affection,” says Carol*, a former gymnast who lives in Nevada. She has had slowly progressive ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) over roughly two decades, but early in the disease her husband and caregiver became distant — “figured I’d die in a few years,” she says.

Good for you

posted on September 1, 2007 - 11:22am
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 5
In 2003, I met William Schnell. He was working for a medical transportation company in addition to being a massage therapist. We connected instantly and became close friends with a great ability to communicate. William became my massage therapist, and for three years we’ve worked together to develop some new techniques to enhance my breathing and circulation. Massage has helped me gain an overall...
posted on June 1, 2002 - 10:14am
There are untold numbers of things you can put in your body, put on your body, or do to your body to try to improve your health. Every day, more than half the adult U.S. population gulps down some type of dietary supplement, to the tune of more than $12 billion a year. In addition, record numbers of people are turning to special diets, body manipulations and "energy field" therapies in an effort...

Pain relief, relaxation and comfort can result when you get rubbed the right way

posted on December 1, 2000 - 1:03pm
Massage is the manipulation of soft tissue by stroking, kneading and pressure. It's been around for thousands of years, and it's good for babies, kids, adults of all ages, people with almost any medical condition or with none, and even for pets. Its general result is better blood circulation, overall relaxation, stress reduction and relief from muscle pain.