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Massage Boosts Immune System

We all know that massage feels good, but new evidence suggests that it can be even better for your health than previously thought. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles noted that while some small studies had shown the health benefits of massage, their larger investigation revealed that Swedish massage triggers measurable and beneficial changes to both endocrine and immune system responses. The researchers recruited 53 physically healthy volunteers who had no mental disorders and divided them into two groups: 29 of the volunteers received 45 minutes of Swedish massage while 24 received 45 minutes of light touch massage. Prior to massage, all the participants were fitted with intravenous catheters so that blood samples could be taken at intervals before and after massage. Results showed significant changes in lymphocytes, white blood cells that are key players in immune system responses; a large decrease in a hormone (arginine vassopressin) believed to play a role in aggressive behavior and linked to prompting increases in the stress hormone cortisol; a decrease in cortisol levels, and a decrease in inflammatory cytokines, which are immune system mediators.

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Reader Comments (5)

how many green tea a day can u drink what is healthy or not healthy?

November 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDARLENE

Peyronie's disease. ... a real life-altering problem for some men that diminishes their quality of life.
What can be done ?
Can you please comment on this issue. Thank you.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJack

Is there some other way to measure the beneficial effects of massage that doesn't require catheters, blood, and lab coat stress? It seems like anything would make you feel better after that procedure!

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Measurements may also be taken using blood pressure, pulse and oxygen saturation. Blood pressure measurement is a basic biofeedback technique most health practitioners recognize. Massage may lower blood pressure 20 or more points. I use a combination of techniques that include massage therapy, muscle testing, stress release and scenar for measurable with measurable results.
It is refreshing to actually have the lab work to back up what many therapists have "known" for years. I appreciate having the information to pass along to those who refer clients to me.
With gratitude,
Marie Matteson, MS
Bellingham, WA

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarie Matteson, MS

Massage is very healthy both for the mental and physical wellness of the person receiving it. It relieves stress and tension from a hard day's work. Moreover, in a physiological sense, it boosts the immune system thereby aiding the person to ward off possible infection and disease.

Brad Kent
Beverly Hills Dysport

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrad Kent
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