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Benefits of Massage
The National Center for Biotechnology Information, NCBI, a national resource for molecular biology information, offers a literature citation database called PubMed. Over 8,000 citations and abstracts about massage are currently available in the PubMed database. Much needed research concerning the effects and benefits of massage is exploding.
The most widely accepted benefits of massage include:
- Relax tense, contracted muscles
Stimulate healthy skin tone
Decrease pain and soreness
Break up cellulite, fibrous tissue, and scar tissue
Give relief from edema
Calm nerves and anxiety
Lower blood pressure
Restore a sense of well-being
Stimulates the release of endorphins, the “feel good” molecules
Relieve minor tensions
Increase joint range of motion
Accelerate the body’s natural self-repair capacities
Stimulate the immune system
Increase the amount of white blood cells to fight infection
Stimulate muscles to counteract atrophy
Disperse accumulations of lactic acid and carbon dioxide
Increase oxygen consumption
Increase the movement of blood and lymph through the body
Increase vascular circulation
Increase urinary excretion of nitrogen and phosphorous
All this...and it feels great too!
The Massage Therapy Foundation database is an excellent resource for scientific research on the effects and benefits of massage.
For more on the benefits of massage on soreness see our March 14, 2007 Blog post What is muscle soreness and how can massage help?
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