A Massage Is More Than Luxury, It's Medicine

 

Massage therapy has been shown to be effective for the treatment of chronic back pain with benefits lasting at least 6 months. The relief of symptoms is found in both relaxing as well as remedial massage.

'Cherkin et.al, 2011, A comparison of the effects of 2 types of massage and usual care on chronic low back pain: a randomized, controlled trial, Annals of internal medicine 2011 Jul 5; Vol 155 (1), pp 1-9

Migraine headache pain intensity was significantly reduced following massage treatment. Mean pain reduction was 68.77% with no side effects observed.

'Noudeh, Y et al, 2012, Reduction of current migraine headache pain following neck massage and spinal manipulation, Int J of Th Massage and Bodywork, Vol 5, No 1

Research over the last few years has found a number of benefits relating to massage: boost in immune function in women with breast cancer, improved symptoms in children with asthma, increased grip strength in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome and improved weight gain in premature babies. While massage improves our feelings of relaxation and wellness there is much more to it than that. The American Pain Society has included massage as one of their recommendations for treating low back pain since 2007.

 

One study revealed that a single 45 minute massage reduces levels of cortisol which is a stress hormone which when elevated may lead to anxiety and insomnia. Blood levels of inflammatory proteins related to inflammation and allergic reactions are also reduced after just one massage. White bloods cells that fight infection however are boosted by massage which means an improvement in your immune systems' ability to fight cold and flu's.

Even receiving just a 10 minute massage upped energy production in the muscles' mitochondria the powerhouse of cells and reduced inflammatory proteins in muscles that had been exercised to exhaustion. Other conditions where massage has been shown to have notable benefits are osteoarthritis, countering the effects of radiation therapy in cancer patients, reducing hormones that are usually increased during stress and aggressive behaviour, asthma and high blood pressure. Massage may reduce anxiety and insomnia and just lead to feelings of increased wellbeing.

Petersen A, 2012, Don't call it pampering: massage wants to be medicine, www.online.wsj.com/articles/SB100014240527023045379045772773...

 

Massage therapists have known about these benefits for as long as the practise of massage has existed, however science is now proving these benefits by finding improvements or reductions in blood levels of hormones and proteins that are responsible for causing these conditions. Many of our patients come for a regular massage once a fortnight or even once a month as a preventative measure and to improve their general wellbeing.

If you are experiencing any pain or think that a massage might help you improve your health please contact us at Jetty Holistic Health on 02 5606 1064 for further advice. We may also be able to recommend natural remedies to assist in the treatment of your condition.

Yours in Health

Stefanie Kocon