Top 10 Benefits of Therapeutic Massage and Medical Massage
- Massage Relieves Stress  - Massage therapy improves your daily life as part of your regular stress management routine. Massage reduces the levels of Cortisol and increases Oxytocin in the bloodstream. Cortisol is the body's "stress hormone." Oxytocin increases trust and attachment and reduces fear.
- Massage Relieves Pain and the Perception of Pain  - Massage reduces pain awareness following a session.
- Massage Boosts the Immune System  - With regular massage, the immune system functions at its maximum.
- Massage Improves Range of Motion  - Targeted soft tissue techniques improve your range of motion. Improved range of motion reduces discomfort and brings a sense of ease and well-being.
- Massage Therapy Increases Circulation  - Massage improves blood flow and keeps tissues oxygenated to their max.
- Therapeutic Massage Lowers Blood Pressure  - massage therapy lowers blood pressure and improves cardiac function.
- Massage Increases Mental Acuity  - A simple 30-minute massage improves mental alertness and performance of mental tasks.
- Flushes Metabolic Products Which Create Soreness  - By flushing out irritating metabolic wastes, massage therapy increases comfort and calmness.
- Increases Relaxation  - Massage therapy stimulates the Relaxation Response. It moves the body out of its "fight-or-flight" mode and into a relaxation mode, or parasympathetic response. In relaxation mode, healing can take place and rejuvenation and regeneration happen naturally.
- Helps The Body Heal After Injury  - Massage therapy eases and remodels scar tissue. It also brings vital blood flow to an injured area. Massage to the myofascia releases adhesions between layers of tissues as they heal.
- Yes, this one goes to 11. Massage Improves Sleep and Post-Menopausal Symptoms .
Beyond these benefits, many people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.
- Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Diego, M., Schanberg, S., Kuhn, C. (2005). Cortisol decreases and serotonin and dopamine increase following massage therapy. International Journal of Neuroscience, 115, 1397-1413.
More Benefits of Massage from the Mayo Clinic
An article about the benefits of massage on the Mayo Clinic web site notes that studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain