There are many benefits of massage. Anyone who has had a massage can tell you there are benefits. Many researchers are trying to determine clinical results and benefits. Harvard has led the way in researching quantitative results for massage. Here are just a few:
“Healing Touch Therapy”: Alternative therapies relax heart patients
Oct. 2005 Harvard Reasearch reports some medical centers are integrating alternative treatments known as “touch therapies” into their cardiac practices. Studies of these treatments have shown positive results in people hospitalized for heart trouble. One study also reports that the systolic blood pressure dropped significantly in individuals who received massage therapy compared with those who had not received such. Read More
Study on back pain finds that massage may relieve back pain better than physical therapy, medicine or surgery. Read More:
Studies in benefits of massage for Pregnancy:
Massage has many scientifically proven health benefits such as stimulating the blood and lymph systems, thereby increasing immunity and removal of toxins; stabilizing hormonal levels; and adding tone and flexibility to muscles — all of which enhance the health of both you and your baby. As pregnancy progresses, your body adjusts to a changing alignment caused by the baby’s increasing weight. This puts strain on your back and legs and increases stress on weight-bearing joints. Massage increases flexibility, enhancing the ability to carry this extra weight while also relieving aches and pains, leg cramps and muscle spasms. The effects of relaxation and tension release add to improvement in the physical state of muscles and joints, and assist in balancing emotions.
Recent studies from the Touch Research Institute (TRI) in Miami, Fla., indicates that pregnancy massage provides more than just symptom relief for the mother. A group of 26 pregnant women were given either massage or relaxation therapy during a five-week study. In addition to experiencing a reduction in symptoms of anxiety, stress, sleep problems and back pain, the massage group had fewer complications in their delivery. Their newborns also had fewer postnatal complications. Another TRI study reported massage during labor resulted in shorter labor times for the mothers, shorter hospital stays and less postpartum depression. Read more:
More Massage Benefits-
If you’ve ever had a massage, you know it is pleasant and relaxing. You may not have realized it can also have physical and emotional benefits if it is done regularly. The Mayo Clinic explains that there are several types of massage, from deep-tissue therapies to gentle Swedish treatments. They don’t replace medical treatment, but they can benefit your body and mind if you have them done on an ongoing basis.
Benefits of massage for pain relief
Regular massages help with pain management, according to the Mayo Clinic. The therapist can concentrate on stiff muscles and specific problem areas, loosening them and increasing blood circulation. This temporarily relieves pain from sports injuries, arthritis and other conditions. You may not need as much pain medication if you get massages regularly.
IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORT
Many studies have shown regular massages support immune system function and decrease stress-related hormones that can lower immunity. For example, New Jersey researchers found college students who were stressed about an upcoming exam had better immune system function and less anxiety when they received a massage.
Studies at the Touch Research Institutes in Miami showed that massage relieves fibromyalgia-related pain. The Journal of Clinical Rheumatology reports massage therapy lowered stress hormones, anxiety and depression in fibromyalgia sufferers and worked more quickly than transcutaneous electrical stimulation. Additionally, the Touch Research Institute found fibromyalgia can show dramatic benefits. Read More
Regular massages are an effective stress- management technique, the Mayo Clinic advises. Stress is often caused by being over-committed and overwhelmed with home, work and family obligations. A weekly or bi-weekly massage forces you to take time out for yourself for a pleasurable, relaxing activity.
MANAGEMENT OF EMOTIONAL DISORDERS
The Mayo Clinic explains that massage therapy can help you to manage emotional disorders such as depression or anxiety as part of an overall treatment plan. Massage is soothing, nurturing and relaxing. It can improve your state of mind if you concentrate on releasing negative thoughts during the treatment. You can incorporate visualization exercises in which you picture yourself in pleasant surroundings during the massage. Read More
Tiffany Field, executive director of the Touch Research Institutes (TRI) in Miami, discovered massage can improve ADHD symptoms in teenagers. Adolescents who received ten or 15 minute massages for 10 consecutive days all showed positive changes. They felt happier and their teachers reported better behavior. Other TRI studies have shown that youngsters with ADHD benefit from twice-monthly massage therapy.
- Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Fibromyalgia Benefits From Massage Therapy and Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation
- American Massage Therapy Association: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Why Massage Works
- Touch Research Institute: Research at TRI
- Psychosomatic Medicine: Immunological Effects of Massage Therapy During Academic Stress
- Pub Med: Massage Therapy is Associated With Enhancement of the Immune System’s Cytotoxic Capacity