The Many Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy can help improve a wide variety of symptoms due to musculoskeletal and medical conditions. Read below to find out more!
Physical and Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy
- Relaxes muscles
- Improves posture
- Reduces stress
- Improves circulation
- Strengthens immune system
- Improves flexibility and range of motion
- Improves athletic performance
- Reduces athletes’ recovery time
- Reduces depression, anxiety, stress, and blood pressure
Massage can also reduce pain and dysfunction associated with the following conditions:
- Work-related and repetitive-stress injuries, including low back pain
› The cost of pain in the US was over $635 billion in 2008!
› Massage can reduce how long your headaches last, how intense your headaches are, and how often you get a headache.
› Pain and stiffness due to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis is reduced with massage.
› Massage can reduce pain, swelling, fatigue, nausea, and depression, and improve the function of your immune system.
- Improve sleep
› Both the quality and the length of your sleeping time can improve with massage.
› Posture, flexibility, breathing, and even digestive function improves with massage.
Massage Therapy: The Facts
Massage can accomplish a lot for your health! Keep in mind, though, that these researchers studied extremely specific effects; massage may not improve every aspect of the following conditions.
- Blood pressure
› Decreases in blood pressure lasted up to 72 hours after massage.
› Those who received regular massage over a period of four weeks had significantly lower blood pressure than those who did not have a massage.
- Low back pain
- Post-exercise inflammation
› Decreased knee pain and stiffness, and improved function, for osteoarthritis
› Decreased pain for rheumatoid arthritis
- Immune function in premature babies
› Older adults showed improved balance, and healthier neurological and cardiovascular systems, after massage
› Decreased levels of stress hormone
› Decreased pain and improved sleep
› Decreased levels of depression
- Stress, depression, and anxiety for different populations
› Surgical patients
› HIV patients
› Military veterans
- Even scarring related to severe burns!
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Websites for Massage Therapy Research
These sites are excellent sources for further, high-quality research regarding the benefits of massage therapy.
- American Massage Therapy Association
- National Institutes of Health
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (A Harvard Medical School teaching hospital)
- Group Health Research Institute (A doctor-managed, private research cooperative)
- Thera-ssage (Managed by Laura Allen, a leader in the massage therapy field)