Found an incredibly in-depth massage link on the Wall Street Journal summing up all the on-going and recent massage research happening in the US. Over and over again, research is finding the medical/scientific reasons that massage is beneficial to a wide range of ailments. From anxiety… to asthma… to cancer and more, massage is proving to be a powerful tool to have in your personal wellness toolbox.
Don’t Call It Pampering: Massage Wants to Be Medicine
ByAndrea Petersen – Wall Street Journal
Research over the past couple of years has found that massage therapy boosts immune function in women with breast cancer, improves symptoms in children with asthma, and increases grip strength in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Giving massages to the littlest patients, premature babies, helped in the crucial task of gaining weight.Is massage just for pampering or does it have true biological effects? A recent study showed muscles rebounded better if massaged after exercising to exhaustion.
The benefits go beyond feelings of relaxation and wellness that people may recognize after a massage. The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society now include massage as one of their recommendations for treating low back pain, according to guidelines published in 2007.
New research is also starting to reveal just what happens in the body after a massage. While there have long been theories about how massage works—from releasing toxins to improving circulation—those have been fairly nebulous, with little hard evidence. Now, one study, for example, found that a single, 45-minute massage led to a small reduction in the level of cortisol, a stress hormone, in the blood, a decrease in cytokine proteins related to inflammation and allergic reactions, and a boost in white blood cells that fight infection.
In what ways have you found massage to be beneficial to your health or the health of your loved ones? I want to know… so share in the comments section below…