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Scientific studies show benefits of massage

Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012
From left, Becky Cary, retreat director; Crystal Kopowski, LMT; Amber Shara, LMT; and Katie Hayworth, assistant director, are ready to serve clients.
From left, Becky Cary, retreat director; Crystal Kopowski, LMT; Amber Shara, LMT; and Katie Hayworth, assistant director, are ready to serve clients.

While massage therapy is still thought of by some as a luxury or indulgence, health care professionals are aware that when done with the proper technique, massage offers help or relief from a variety of ailments.

There is scientific evidence confirming that therapeutic massage creates chemical changes that reduce pain and stress throughout the body. One way it does this is by reducing a brain chemical called substance P, a neurotransmitter that is related to pain. In fact, in a recent study, individuals with fibromyalgia showed less substance P in their saliva after a month of twice weekly massages. They also reported less pain following the massage.

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Evidence also points to biological changes after just one massage. Studies have shown that massage decreases levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, and increases the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells, indicating a boost to the immune system. Light massage has been shown to increase oxytocin, a hormone associated with contentment and bonding. Therefore, massage not only reduces your stress levels, but it may help you to avoid getting a cold or other illnesses.

Massage also reduces hypertension, or high blood pressure. Why? Massage can stimulate pressure receptors that prompt action from the vagus nerve, which regulates blood pressure, as well as other functions.

There’s no denying the power of therapeutic massage, and whatever your reason for seeking it — to relieve pain, rehabilitate a sports injury, reduce stress, increase relaxation or address anxiety and depression — massage therapy can be an important part of your overall health and wellness.

You deserve more than to just relax — you deserve a healthier you. Make regular massage a priority in your life today for a healthier today!

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