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Massage benefits

Posted by Vicki on 10/29/2013

Current research is showing that one of the many benefits of massage therapy is the
boost in the immune system that occurs after a massage treatment.

A Powerful Ally
There's no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we
assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it
out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be
a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related.
And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high
stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced
world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This
translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Enhanced sleep quality.
  • Greater energy.
  • Improved concentration.
  • Increased circulation.
  • Reduced fatigue.

Profound Effects of Massage

In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade
throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:

  • Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
  • Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
  • Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
  • High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress
    hormones.
  • Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
  • Preterm infants have improved weight gain.

Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating
chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the
tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively
embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care
and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating
on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat postsurgery or pain
patients as part of the recovery process.