Health Benefits of Massage
What are the health benefits of therapeutic massage? We will examine three health problems that can benefit from massage. But, always ask your doctor first if massage is ok for your health condition.
- Headaches - Headaches are known to respond to massage therapy. Massage can reduce the number of migranes a person experiences and help with getting a good night sleep.
- Back pain - Studies have shown that massage can be effective in reducing back pain. Massage can be more effective than acupuncture or spinal modification for back pain. Check with your doctor first to determine if massage is right for you. But, using an alternative to pain killers is always a good idea.
- Anxiety - Massage can help reduce anxiety and depression. Studies have shown that massage can reduce levels of cortisol by up to 50%. And, massage can increase levels of neurotransmitters that help reduce depression.
These are just three health conditions that massage can help with. There are many studies that have also indicated massage can help other conditions, as well. Getting a one-hour massage either one or two times a week had improvements in pain, stiffness, and function which can benefit those with osteoarthritis, for instance. Again, always check with your doctor first to see if massage is right for you.
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