Posted by: powerhealer | May 13, 2008

How Can Massage Be Medically Beneficial?

People find that therapeutic massage can help with a wide range of medical conditions including:

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Arthritis – osteoarthritis & rhematoid arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic and temporary pain
  • Circulatory problems
  • Depression
  • Digestive disorders
  • Spastic colon
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Myofacial pain
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Sinusitis
  • Sports injuries
  • TMJ (temporomandbiular joint dysfunction)

Even though massage therapy does not increase muscule strength, it can stimulate weak and inactive muscles. 

Research regarding massage shows the following interesting facts:

  • Office workers massaged regularly were more alert, performance was better and were less stressed
  • Massage decreases the effects of anxiety, tension, depression and pain
  • Autistic children showed less erratic behavior

Stay tuned for more information on the power of massage!

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Responses

  1. I wanted to add Fibromyalgia to your list. Fibromyalgia is a clinical syndrome associated with chronic widespread muscular pain, exhaustion and tenderness. Many fibromyalgia symptoms include pain, stiffness, fatigue, depression which can be relieved with massage therapy. Massage alters the sleep pattern, which reduces levels of the chemical messenger for pain. A person with fibromyalgia experiences pain when “trigger points” are pressed. Previous studies have shown that exercise, stretching, relaxation therapy, and massage therapy can provide relief for people with fibromyalgia. Massage therapy has also been shown to reduce pain, stiffness, fatigue and sleeping difficulties.


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