7 Surprising Benefits of Massage

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Oct 30, 2014

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Massages are touted for their quality to help you relax. What is not advertised and known is that a massage therapy can do much more than that. Here are 7 reasons for getting a massage that will take you by surprise.
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    Massages Feel Pretty Darn Good

    Whether it comes from a trained massage therapist or your spouse, no one can say no to a massage. Once considered a frivolous luxury reserved for the elite class, massages are gaining popularity for their proven health benefits. The health benefits of massages start from relief of muscle tension, injury prevention, immune system boost, chronic pain management, and anxiety alleviation. Stormed? Read what the doctors have to say about additional health and medical benefits of getting a massage.

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    Lowers Back Pain

    Is sitting up all day long making your back pain go crazier? Well, you could alleviate it with massage therapy alone (the slight back pain at least). This means you don’t need to take any non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs along with it to find relief for your back pain. A study conducted through Group Health Institute and published in the February 2014 edition of Scientific World Journal has found that patients receiving massage were twice as likely as those receiving usual care to report significant improvements in both their pain and function.

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    Reduces Inflammation after Exercise

    New exercisers or the ones, who like it extreme, more than often suffer inflammation of muscles after their workout session. Research through the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, indicated that massage therapy lessens inflammation of skeletal muscles acutely damaged through exercise.

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    Eases Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

    Adults, who have rheumatoid arthritis, may notice a decrease in pain, along with greater grip strength and range of motion in wrists and large upper joints, when they receive regular massages of moderate-pressure for four weeks, according to research published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 3.

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    Alleviates Osteoarthritis Pain

    People with osteoarthritis of the knee, felt significant reduction in their discomfort with sixty minute sessions of Swedish massage once a week, according to a research supported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).

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    Benefits Older Adults

    If older adults receive massage therapy for up to six weeks, they could experience lower blood pressure levels and improved stability. The benefits of massage therapy for older generation also include a relaxation effect for the entire body, lower blood pressure, decreased stress and improved balance, discovered a study published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

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    Lower Stress in Cancer Patients

    The positive influence of massages touches the lives of people with serious illnesses, such as brain cancer. The physical and emotional well-being of these patients in their last stage can be improved with the help of massage therapy. It helps in reducing stress, anxiety, pain, and fatigue in cancer patients, when combined with standard care.

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    Cuts Anxiety in Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy

    It was found by studies published in Applied Nursing Research 5 that cancer patients going through chemotherapy may find their anxiety and acute fatigue reduced with the help of back massages. This research demonstrates the potential value of massage therapy within the full cancer treatment spectrum, particularly during the often mentally and physically exhausting chemotherapy process.

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