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Does Massage Have a Role in Medicine?

Male MassageIn a word? Yes. Massage absolutely has a role in medicine. And maybe some medical professionals don’t want to admit this, but that’s too bad for them. Having all of the knots and kinks worked out of your muscles is about more than pampering. It’s about improving your overall health and helping you to feel better, not only physically, but also emotionally.

Feeling relaxed isn’t a luxury. The relaxation that massage can induce is actually good for your emotional health. It can reduce stress and help improve your sense of well-being. While you’re letting all of your troubles melt away, you can also experience pain relief. If you suffer from lower back pain, neck pain, or just generalized muscle tension from working a desk job, let’s say, regular therapy sessions can be especially helpful to you.

Numerous studies over the years, especially recently, have shown that massage therapy has tangible health benefits. Massage reduces the symptoms carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, and has been associated with improving immune function in women with breast cancer. Another impressive result is that therapy provided to premature infants can increase the likelihood of them gaining weight.

According to the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society, massage is now recommend as an actual medical treatment for lower back pain. This is huge for advocates of this kind of therapy. And it might go a long way toward reducing the stigma that this kind of therapy is just a luxury and for those with extra money to spend. Now, more and more research is showing that it actually may be an essential component to good health. Another study showed that people who received a massage once a week for 10 weeks reported less pain and disability than those who didn’t receive massage. More impressive than that, some people reported these benefits lasting up to nine months after the last treatment session.

We already know that stress relief is essential for health so if massage can help reduce stress, it is by default beneficial. More and more doctors are now recommending undergoing therapy of this sort for all sorts of problems. From chronic pain to anxiety to depression and so on, massage can play a major role in your life as a means of dealing with chronic issues, both mental and physical. Be sure to discuss what your doctor thinks of this form of therapy.

 

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