Remedial Massage Alleviates Back Pain, Cancer Pain and Depression, Studies Say

Did you know that remedial massage actually outperforms medication for low back pain? A study done to 400 adults and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine revealed that massage can actually alleviate low back pain better than traditional exercise, bed rest and medications.

Lower Back Pain

According to the New York Times, the study revealed that one-third of those who experienced back pain said that their suffering was dramatically reduced, if not totally eliminated, after a weekly one-hour remedial massage therapy given in a period of ten weeks. This opposed to only one out of 25 women who reported to have felt better after pain pills, physical therapy, and medical care.

Massage is frequently sought for pain management, mood enhancement and pain management. Several clinical researches have been conducted to see the effects of massage therapy for back pain, cancer pain and mild depression.

Cancer Pain

Massage therapy has been used since the Renaissance and is still widely used today for healing and relaxation. Another study published in the Journal of Moffitt Cancer Center showed that massage can actually relieve cancer pain.

Depression

Another study published in the Journal of Psychiatry has been shown to give relief to people suffering from mild depression. The study, done to 800 people, showed that massage therapy could actually relieve mild depression better than other forms of treatment. The researchers assumed that the “feel good” hormones released during massage induce relaxation and stress reduction.

Considerations

It should be noted that clinical studies are done to suggest that massage can treat back pain. It does not, however, prove its efficiency. Also, it may take time before massage can actually treat body pains. Many people expect to be healed right away.

Make sure you receive massage therapy only from licensed professionals by choosing a day spa with a reputable name. Day spas employ only licensed massage therapists so you are sure that you will be getting professional services. You may also check whether the massage professional carries professional liability insurance. Although massage injuries are rare, you can never be too safe.

Other Therapeutic Benefits

Massage therapy can benefit people of any age, more particularly the ill, injured and stressed. In fact, studies say that massage is powerful enough to prevent conditions and illnesses from occurring. Some of the benefits of massage include immune system enhancement, stabilization of blood circulation and mood improvement.

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