Beneficial Effects of Massage Therapy
From The Art of Massage by J.H. Kellogg
- Massage Therapy Dilates blood vessels, improving circulation
- Massage Therapy increases number of red blood cells
- Acts as a cleanser, pushing along lymph and hastening elimination of waste
- Massage helps overcome fatigue products resulting from exercise or injury
- Improves muscle tone and helps prevent or delay muscular atrophy
- Massage can compensate for lack of exercise in persons who because of illness, injury or age are forced to remain inactive
- Can undo or prevent adhesion formation
- May have a sedative or stimulating effect on the nervous system
- Increases the excretion of fluids, nitrogen, inorganic phosphorous and salt in normal kidneys
- Massage helps eliminate edema of extremities
- Encourages the retention of substances necessary for tissue repair
- Relaxes muscle spasm and relieves tension
- Improves the circulation and nutrition of joints and hastens the elimination of harmful particles. It helps lessen inflammation and swelling in joints and so alleviates pain.
Massage therapy may benefit people with the following conditions:
Migraines, tension headaches, and sinus headaches are painful
and can impact your quality of life. Migraine symptoms include
pounding headaches, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light.
How Can Massage Help Me? The Touch Research Institute found
that migraine sufferers that receive regular massage exhibited
decreased migraine frequency, improved sleep quality, lower
levels of perceived stress, and improved coping ability. The
study also discovered that during the massage therapy sessions
anxiety, heart rate, and stress hormone levels were decreased.
At some point in life we all experience pain. Anything from a
bad mattress to a stomach ulcer can be the beginning of a life
long struggle with chronic pain even after the physical problems
are healed. Day-to-day living can be a battle when you are
suffering from chronic pain.
Pain Management and Massage Therapy: A study at
the Touch Research Institute was conducted where 158 patients
were observed for 18 months while receiving massage to help
treat their pain. About half of the study group experienced a
50% reduction in perceived pain, according to self reports.
Seventy-two percent of these patients reported increased social
activity and greater than 50% reported reduced intake of
analgesic drugs after 12 months of treatment.