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Benefits of Massage

Good Medicine By Editorial Staff- massagetherapy.com Feb 4, 2011

What You Already Know: The Benefits of Massage In an age of technical and, at times, impersonal medicine, massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body's natural ability to heal itself. So what exactly are the benefits to receiving regular massage and/or bodywork treatments? - Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. - Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body's natural defense system, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer. - Increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body's largest organ - the skin. - Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles - Reduces spasms and cramping - Increases joint flexibility. - Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level. - Releases endorphins - the body's natural painkiller - and is being used in chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain. - Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred. - Improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain. - Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication. - Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion. - Assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as less need for medication, less depression and anxiety, and shorter hospital stays.

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