Holiday Greetings, and welcome to this month’s article! Are you ready to embrace the new year? The next few weeks can be a good time to evaluate where you are as this year comes to an end and to begin planning your direction for the coming months.
If your life keeps you on the go much of the time, taking the time to prioritize your goals and adjust your schedule can reduce your stress levels and keep you more in charge of your life.
Of course, staying as healthy as you can will make a noticeable difference in all other aspects of your life.
Maybe the best way to support your day-to-day health choices is getting those regular massage sessions! While proper diet, rest, and exercise are important contributors to a healthy life, massage can improve your body’s functioning even further.
Still trying to decide what to give some of the folks on your shopping list? Massage gift certificates are a wonderful solution—and just a phone call away.
Enjoy the rest of your holidays, visiting with friends, family, and loved ones. See you soon!
Research Shows Benefits of Massage Therapy for Self-Care
Provided by: American Massage Therapy Association
Stress, anxiety, and pain can dramatically restrict anyone's lifestyle and negatively affect their overall health. Take care of yourself. Research on the benefits of massage therapy gives strong evidence for including massage as part of an approach to staving off pain and relieving stress and anxiety.
Stress— Anyone who has ever had a massage to relax knows its effect, but research shines a light on the science behind what takes place during massage. For more than 20 years, studies have shown some of the positive effects of massage therapy for relaxation. In a study on the effect of trigger point therapy*, there was a significant decrease in heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and diastolic blood pressure. Measures of oxygen consumption, blood pressure, and salivary cortisol levels were all lower after a 10 to 15 minute chair massage in controlled studies. Changes in psychological states have been measured by physiological responses, the Perceived Stress Scale, the POMS Depression Scale, and the Anxiety State Scale.
Anxiety— Research continues to document the impact for relief of anxiety and depression for people in a wide range of health situations. For example, one randomized study found women with stage 1 and stage 2 breast cancer benefited from regular massage therapy sessions. The immediate massage benefits included reduced anxiety, depressed mood and anger, while the long-term impact reduced depression and increased serotonin values. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter with functions in various parts of the body, works to regulate mood, appetite, sleep, memory and learning.
Pain— From the muscle strain and soreness when you overdo it to serious or chronic pain, massage therapy is showing positive results. Consumers are learning its value, as 41% of American adults who had a massage in the past 5 years indicate they sought it for pain relief.
A meta-analysis of research on massage therapy for pain conducted by Samueli Institute in 2016 concluded that massage therapy should be strongly recommended for pain management. The analysis reviewed 67 published studies on the impact of massage therapy on pain.
* (Trigger point therapy involves the application of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body.)
Massage could be used to aid recovery of damaged limbs
Massage could increase the regrowth of muscle after muscle loss, according to new research published in The Journal of Physiology. The researchers showed that muscle grew faster after a massage because protein manufacture in cells was improved, and that when one leg was massaged, the other non-massaged leg also grew faster.
Muscle is lost very quickly during periods of disuse, like bed rest or a hospital stay, and it is extremely difficult to grow muscle back, especially in older people. Massage has been used in the past to lessen pain, decrease anxiety and stress, increase flexibility, improve immunity, and increase blood flow.
This study indicates that an easy to apply intervention such as massage, with very few side effects can aid regrowth of muscle after muscle loss. In addition, the discovery that this faster regrowth is also observed in the non-massaged muscle means that massage could potentially be used in an undamaged limb to aid in the recovery of a damaged limb. ...
The researchers from University of Kentucky and Colorado State University used rats that had undergone a period of inactivity to decrease muscle mass but were allowed to recover muscle mass after disuse. The experiments are yet to be replicated in humans. ...
Esther E. Dupont-Versteegden, one of the lead investigators said: “We foresee that massage could be used in situations where other treatments, such as exercise, can't be applied: in the intensive care unit and in patients who are under non-weight-bearing orders after orthopaedic surgeries.”
Did you know?
The average adult has about 18 square feet of skin.
Fifteen million blood cells are produced and destroyed in the human body every second.
The average life span of a taste bud is 10 days.
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