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What is Massage Therapy?

By Jacqueline / January 10th, 2017

Massage is defined as the, “systematic manual or mechanical manipulations of the soft tissues of the body for therapeutic purposes.” Recent research suggests that massage can affect the body’s production of certain hormones linked to blood pressure, anxiety, heart rate and other key vital signs, according to Susan Bernstein author of the article Benefits of Massage. So what really are the benefits of massage? Below is a list of some diseases that massage can improve.

Arthritis– painful inflammation and stiffness of joints.
Cancer– disease that is caused by uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in part of the body.
Pneumonia– an infection or inflammation of the lungs.
High Blood Pressure– refers to an elevated pressure of the blood agains the walls of the arteries that is >140/90 mm/Hg.
Diabetes– disease that affects the body’s ability to produce or use the hormone insulin.

Additionally, regular massages can help combat anxiety and depression, low blood pressure, muscle spasms, heart disease and can improve the overall quality of life and contribute to longevity.

 

 

References

Beck, Mark F. Theory & Practice of Therapeutic Massage. Fifth ed. Clifton Park: Cengage Learning (Milady), 2011. Print.

Bernstein, Susan. “Benefits of Massage.” Arthritis Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2016.

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