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Tap into the healing powers of massage.
Massage, now recognized as an important part of traditional healthcare practice, benefits patients faced with a wide variety of conditions. While it’s always been associated with reducing stress, research has shown that massage therapy can boost your immune system, improve flexibility and range of motion, improve rehabilitation after injury and sooth chronic joint and muscle pain…among many other benefits!
Massage Boosts Your Immune System
More than one study has shown that, beyond relaxation, massage increases the body’s production of various cells that boost your immune-system response. In a study from the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, researchers found that people who received a 45-minute massage had an increased number of lymphocytes, which are white blood cells that play a large role in defending the body from disease.
Improve Flexibility and Range of Motion
Given an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, muscle injuries are a growing problem. Adding to the problem, joints begin to tighten as we age, further restricting range of motion and flexibility. Massage helps relax stressed muscles, promotes blood flow and stimulates the release of natural lubricants between connective tissue fibers. As a result, regular massage keeps your joints more fluid and less prone to injury, improving your flexibility and range of motion.
Improve Rehabilitation After Injury
Massage can play an important part of the traditional rehabilitation process, which often ends before the area has fully healed, making it easier to reinjure in the future. Massage stretches connective tissue, pumping more oxygen and nutrients into the affected area and vital organs that are needed for healing. As a result, the rehabilitating areas become increasingly flexible and heal at a faster rate.
Sooth Cronic Joint and Muscle Pain
Many people, especially athletes, have long believed massage can help sooth chronic joint and muscle pain. So researchers set up a study to prove it. What they found is that massage reduced the production of compounds, called cytokines, that play an important role in producing inflammation. As a result, it also works to reduce pain brought on by those same compounds.
Getting a massage can do a world of good. Beyond the relaxation and comfort it brings, massage can offer help for many conditions and diseases. If you’d like to explore how massage can help in your own case, discuss the pros and cons with your doctor and work with a local massage therapist to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.
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