Benefits of Massage Therapy
Research in massage therapy has been ongoing for more than 120 years.
Here are some reported benefits of massage: Medical school students at the University
of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School who were massaged
before an exam showed a significant decrease in anxiety and respiratory rates, as well
as a significant increase in white blood cells and natural killer cell activity, suggesting
a benefit to the immune system.
Preliminary results suggested cancer patients had less pain and anxiety after receiving
therapeutic massage at the James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute in
Women who had experienced the recent death of a child were less depressed after
receiving therapeutic massage, according to preliminary results of a study at the
University of South Carolina.
Studies funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have found massage
beneficial in improving weight gain in HIV-exposed infants and facilitating recovery in
patients who underwent abdominal surgery. At the University of Miami School of Medicine's
Touch Research Institute, researchers have found that massage is helpful in decreasing
blood pressure in people with hypertension, alleviating pain in migraine sufferers and
improving alertness and performance in office workers.
An increasing number of research studies show massage reduces heart rate, lowers
blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves
range of motion, and increases endorphins (enhancing medical treatment). Although
therapeutic massage does not increase muscle strength, it can stimulate weak, inactive
muscles and, thus, partially compensate for the lack of exercise and inactivity resulting
from illness or injury. It also can hasten and lead to a more complete recovery from
exercise or injury.
Research has verified that: Office workers massaged regularly were more alert, performed
better and were less stressed than those who weren't massaged. Massage therapy
decreased the effects of anxiety, tension, depression, pain, and itching in burn patients.
Abdominal surgery patients recovered more quickly after massage. Premature infants who
were massaged gained more weight and fared better than those who weren't.
Autistic children showed less erratic behavior after massage therapy.
According AMTA, massage helps both physically and mentally.
"Often times people are stressed in our culture. Stress-related disorders make up
between 80-and-90 percent of the ailments that bring people to family-practice physicians.
What they require is someone to listen, someone to touch them, someone to care. That
does not exist in modern medicine.
One of the complaints heard frequently is that physicians don't touch their patients any
more. Touch just isn't there. Years ago massage was a big part of nursing. There was so
much care, so much touch, so much goodness conveyed through massage. Now nurses for
the most part are as busy as physicians. They're writing charts, dealing with insurance
notes, they're doing procedures and often there is no room for massage any more.
I believe massage therapy is absolutely key in the healing process not only in the hospital
environment but because it relieves stress, it is obviously foundational in the healing
process any time and anywhere."
Joan Borysenko - Massage Journal Interview, Fall 1999
Physical Benefits of Therapeutic Massage
Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation
Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy
Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain
and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
Reduces muscle spasms
Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
Enhances athletic performance; Treats injuries caused during sport or work
Promotes deeper and easier breathing
Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
Reduces blood pressure
Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
Enhances the health and nourishment of skin
Strengthens the immune system
Treats musculoskeletal problems
Rehabilitation post operative
Rehabilitation after injury
Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy
Fosters peace of mind
Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
Helps relieve mental stress
Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
Satisfies needs for caring nurturing touch
Fosters a feeling of well-being
Reduces levels of anxiety
Creates body awareness
Increases awareness of mind-body connection
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