Does massage have real health benefitsMay 3, 2022
If you look for proof that a massage will improve your health you’ll have no trouble finding research to back you up.
- Easing muscle soreness after exercise
- Reducing stress
Studies stretching back several decades have linked massage with real physical and psychological benefits. An Australian study found that a 10 minute massage after a workout could reduce soreness by 30%. It also found that levels of the stress hormone cortisol dropped by 31%, while hormones like dopamine and serotonin increased by 30%.
Pressure receptors under the skin when stimulated increase the vagal nerve a major component of the human nervous system that plays a role in autonomic functions like heart rate, breathing and digestion.
Improving immune function the hormone and nervous system shifts that take place following massage may protect the immune system’s natural killer cells the white blood cell that fights off viruses and helps prevent tumor growth. Improving the immune system in people with breast cancer and leukemia along with reducing their physical and emotional pain. Studies have shown that massage increases blood flow in areas of the brain associated with mood and stress regulation.
Pain reduction along with depression relief is one of the benefits that research has most consistently linked to massage. This study is being done by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami.