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Massage Therapy Research

Everyone knows that massage therapy makes you feel good. It provides relief from muscular tension and pain, stress, anxiety, etc. Research does indicate that massage can have a variety of benefits for many health and medical conditions.

According to the American Massage Therapy Association’s Massage Therapy Research Roundup:

Massage Therapy for Improvements in Balance, Neurological and Cardiovascular Measure in Older Adults.  Research published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Body Work, found that older adults who receive massage therapy for up to six weeks could benefit from decreased blood pressure and improved stability.

Massage Therapy for Inflammation after Exercise. Research through the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario indicates that massage therapy reduces inflammation of skeletal muscle acutely damaged through exercise. The study provides evidence for the benefits of massage therapy for those with musculoskeletal  injuries and potentially for those with inflammatory disease.

Massage Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain.  Research released in 2011 expanded on previous studies demonstrating the effectiveness of massage therapy for chronic low back pain. Researchers found that patients receiving massage were twice as likely as those receiving usual care to report significant improvements in both their pain and function. The study was conducted over 10 weeks through Group Health Research Institute.

Research has also been done showing the improved immune function and weight gain in preterm infants, for decreasing stress in cancer patients, and for benefits experienced by those suffering with fibromyalgia.

So you see, massage is so much more than a luxury.  It has far reaching benefits for your overall health and well-being.  Make it a regular part of your self-care regimen.

is Licensed in massage therapy,certified since 1979. Worked through the years in a small private practice in Toledo while raising a family and working full time. In 2007 Vicki had an epiphany that led her to enrolling in a local massage school, and obtaining her license with the Ohio State Medical Board. She is certified in oncology massage therapy, and is clinically certified in aromatherapy. In April, 2011, UT Physicians hired her as a massage therapist. She was thrilled to land this position. Vicki has always had a passion for customer service, and this is the ultimate service-to help people feel better through touch applied with intelligence, control & purpose.
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