Month: January 2011

Can a Massage Boost your Immune System?

A recent study from the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine divided people into two groups, one was given the most popular type of massage, a Swedish massage, whereas the other was given a light touch massage. Researchers took blood samples at intervals before and after both massages, the results were significant.

Never has there been a study to prove health benefits of massage apart from stress relief and relaxation but this study revealed the several physiological benefits of massage. Participant’s blood composition experienced an increase in lymphocytes by those who received the Swedish massage for 45 minutes. Lymphocytes are white cells in the body that help fight disease. In addition, the massage also lowered their cortisol levels (the hormone released in response to stress) and arginine vasopressin levels (a hormone linked with aggressive behavior).

So in addition to treating back pain, sleep disorders and lowering stress levels, keep in mind the benefits of a massage on your health. With another reason to pamper yourself, why not indulge!

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Benefits of massage therapy

Many of today’s health problems can benefit from massage therapy because the manipulation of soft tissues affects so many of our bodily systems. The benefits of a massage will directly affect the muscular, nervous, circulatory, and immune systems.

Massage treatments aim to:

  • Develop, maintain, rehabilitate, or augment physical function
  • Relieve or prevent physical dysfunction or pain
  • Relax tight and tense muscles
  • Improve circulation, recovery time, and immune system function
  • Reduce overall strength

Keep in mind that massage therapy is also effective in the control of pain, chronic or acute.