Massage is increasingly being researched to establish scientific proof that massage can be an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension and a wide range of medical conditions and situations. One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of Endorphins in the brain and a feeling of happiness and well-being. Levels of stress hormones, such as Adrenalin, Cortisol and Norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.
While the research continues, massage can be helpful for:
Insomnia related to stress
Myofascial pain syndrome
Soft tissue strains or injuries
Repetitive muscle strain
Reduce muscle tension
Stimulate the lymphatic system
Reduce stress hormones
Increase joint mobility and flexibility
Improve skin tone
Improve recovery of soft tissue injuries
Heighten mental alertness
Studies have also shown massage to be beneficial to some people as it produces feeling of caring, comfort and connection.
There definitely needs to be a lot of research and I will post studies that have been peer reviewed and well researched as I find them. I intend on covering as many conditions and physical dysfunctions as possible.
Despite its benefits, massage isn't meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Massage can be used in conjunction with current health care and treatment plans. Consult your doctor and be open and honest with massage therapist so there is complete transparency so the therapist can treat you accordingly.