The Benefits of Massage
Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It iss increasingly being offered along with standard Western Medicine treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.
Studies on the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, initial 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 pain
The benefits for specific conditions or diseases are exciting and need further development. Some enjoy massage for no reason other than it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.
Despite its benefits, massage isn’t meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you’re trying massage and continue to follow any standard treatment plans you have in place.