Research: Proving Massage Works for Health

Health Benefits of Massage

Many studies show that foot massage have real physical and psychological benefits. One Australian study, published in the Journal of Athletic Training in 2005, titled, “Effects of Massage on Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness, Swelling, and Recovery of Muscle Function”, found that a 10-minute muscle massage after a workout could reduce soreness by 30%.

A separate review study, published in the International Journal of Neuroscience in 2009, found that levels of the stress hormone cortisol dropped 31% following a rubdown, while levels of feel-good hormones like dopamine and serotonin increased roughly 30%.

Self Massage

Research on different forms of self-massage, including foam rolling, have found that giving yourself a good kneading can reduce muscle soreness and improve pain symptoms. This was a study in the Journal of Sports Rehabilitation, 2014, that found foam rolling, with static stretching, could increase range of motion in the hip more than stretching alone. The same was said about persons suffering from osteoarthritis. The same findings were found in the study entitled: “The Effects of Self-Massage on Osteoarthritis of the Knee: a Randomized, Controlled Trial”, published online 2013.

Another study, from Canada, linked foam rolling to less muscle soreness, better vertical leap and greater flexibility. It was entitled, “Foam Rolling as a Recovery Tool after an Intense Bout of Physical Activity”, in 2014, and published in the journal of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

From the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami, comes the claim that pain reduction – along with depression relief – is one of the benefits that studies have most consistently linked to massage. Research showed that massage may improve immune system function in people with breast cancer and leukemia, along with reducing their physical and emotional pain. Massage increases blood flow in areas of the brain associated with mood and stress regulation.

How massage works is a question for medical researchers, but, you see, people are more concern about if it works. Existing evidence indicates that, for a range of health conditions, massage does work.

Massaging Your Way to Health

With these research studies, and more if you ask Sunshine Foot Relax in Lynnwood, proving that massage brings many health benefits is not difficult. Have the experience with us and know for sure.

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