Sure, we all know that getting a massage is relaxing and it feels great, but did you know about all of the health benefits that come along with massage? USA Today recently reported some interesting findings from the American Massage Therapy Association. They found that people with chronic back pain who received one hour of massage therapy per week for several weeks functioned better and were able to take fewer anti-inflammatory medications. Massage also helps people with osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and nerve pain.
The stress hormone, cortisol, is reported to be lowered by up to 50% immediately after a massage when compared to its level just before the massage. In addition, massage raises the levels of depression-fighting hormones serotonin and dopamine, and it reduces blood pressure.
If that’s not enough to convince you that massage is more than just being pampered, consider the fact that it also increases immunity by boosting levels of naturally occurring antibodies, which helps you fight off colds and the flu. By increasing circulation and lymph drainage, massage helps banish bacteria and viruses from your system. Sounds like fewer sick days are in store!
Need more convincing? Check out this research reported by Science Daily. If you are ready to not only treat yourself to a relaxing experience, but also to improve your health, visit PinewoodLaser.com/massagetherapy and call to schedule your massage, pronto.
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