While massage may have acquired a reputation as an indulgent treatment for people who love pampering, new studies are showing it has a wide variety of substantial health benefits.
Research over the past couple of years has found that massage therapy improves symptoms in children with asthma, increases immune function in women with breast cancer, and increases grip strength in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Research continues to demonstrate that massage therapy can be helpful for many conditions and demographics. Massage is normally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s progressively being presented along with standard treatment for a varied range of medical conditions and circumstances.
Studies of the benefits of massage reveal that it is an effective treatment for reducing muscle tension, stress and pain.
While more research is needed to substantiate the health benefits of massage treatments, studies have found massage may also be a treatment for:
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Insomnia related to stress
- Digestive disorders
- Sports injuries
- Myofascial pain syndrome
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage treatments because it often produces feelings of connection, comfort, and caring.
Despite its many benefits, massage is not intended as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you’re trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have.