What Research About Health Can Teach You

Not-So-Known Benefits Offered by Massage Therapy

If you’re all stressed out from a busy workweek, massage can obviously make you feel better. But your body can benefit from a good rubdown in more ways than that.

Better Bowel Movement

According to research featured in the International Journal of Nursing Studies, constipation can be relieved through massage. In the study, 60 individuals with constipation were divided in two sets, where one was given laxatives and the other received laxatives and abdominal massage. After eight weeks, the massage set reported better bowel movement and less abdominal discomforts than those that only received laxatives.

Stronger Immune System

The human immune system has also been reported to benefit from massage therapy. A study out of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center detected a boost in the number of circulating lymphocytes or white blood cells, which are directly involved in fighting infections.

Low Back Pain Control

Chronic low back pain is notoriously difficult to handle, and new guidelines tell us to avoid the pill for relief. A drug-free way that actually works to manage the condition is massage. Half of low back pain sufferers who participated in a Pain Medicine study reported feeling better after only 10 massage sessions. Furthermore, the effects were sustained, with 75% of the subjects still feeling the improvement 24 weeks after the 12th round.

Better Shuteye

The University of Miami School of Medicine also embarked on its own low back pain research with 30 adult subjects, where those who had half-hour massage sessions twice a week for five straight weeks, observed less sleep-related problems and a dramatic improvement in quality of sleep. As the massage also reduced the pain, it can be said that less aches can help improve shuteye quality, say the researchers.

Hypertension Management

After a nice massage, your “feeling better” won’t only be in your head – even your blood pressure can also take a dip. A study shows, a 10-15-minute, three-times-a-week Swedish massage schedule can cause your systolic blood pressure to drop by as much as 12 mm Hg. The same research shows this effect can be sustained for up to three days following each session.

Post-Exercise Soreness Prevention

Lastly, if you usually feel very sore after a tough workout, massage can end this problem. A study featured in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that after ten minutes of massaging the affected muscle, soreness can be reduced significantly. If you can’t get a massage after your gym session, keep moving in “active rest” (for example, shoulder shrugs for ten minutes), and you will get the same soreness-reducing effect.

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