Is Massage Medicine?

bigstock Doctor massaging his patient s 89049527 300x200 - Is Massage Medicine?Massage is one of the options most people choose to provide themselves a luxury from a busy and demanding lifestyle. It really feels great to have it done to yourself. A person, who has undergone a massage therapy, instantly feels good afterwards. Although it is just considered as a way to relax, some studies prove that it can also provide more benefits to your life and health.

Research found what massage therapy can do in one’s life and health. It helps boost the immunity of women with breast cancer, eliminates the asthma symptoms and enhances the grip strength of people with carpal syndrome. Exhausted muscles after exercise can restore their energy after massaging them. This becomes possible because of its ability to stimulate the cell’s mitochondria. In addition, it is proven that massage is capable of helping people with fast metabolic problems and babies who were born prematurely to gain weight.

The massage therapy aims to give therapeutic values to people who receive it. It includes pressure on the soft tissues of the body to allow proper blood circulation and eliminate stress and pain.

What massage therapy can do to your life and health is amazing. According to a journal called Science Translational Medicine, massage has the ability to reduce the production of cytokines, a protein released when there is inflammation in the body. According to an associate professor of University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine, a 45-minute massage therapy has the ability to reduce the level of cortisol in one’s body. Cortisol is a stress hormone in the blood that negatively affects the other hormones of the body.

According to the U.S. News, a resident of Hudson, Wisconsin named Bill Cook had a disease called cardiac sarcoidosis. This disease makes the white blood cells coagulate and react to the foreign substance in the body. This condition scars the heart, which can lead to death.

Because of this condition, Cook was put to an organ transplant waiting list. The wait lasted for more than a decade. According to Cook, his heart was becoming weaker and weaker during that time and had to find a way to aid his body’s circulation.

His cardiologist then prescribed massage therapy. According to Cook, the massage therapy did an amazing job in his life and health. It helped the circulation of the blood in his fingers, toes and legs. Cook continued the massage therapy along with the proper diet until he underwent the organ transplant in 2013.

A consumer survey, supported by the American Massage Therapy Association, was conducted. The respondents were asked about their primary reason for receiving a massage. 77% of the respondents answered that it is because of medical, stress or health-related issues.

According to the American Hospital Association, among the 1007 hospitals surveyed, 80% of the hospitals offer massage as one of their complementary and alternative medicine therapies and 70% use massage therapy for pain management. Massage is increasingly becoming popular as an alternative medicine. It is currently included as one of the therapies some doctors prescribe to their patient.

Unlike before, massage therapy is increasingly being accepted in the world of conventional medicine, which is proven to be effective in one’s life and health.