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Awakening Touch
Massage and Bodywork by Danielle DeLizzio, LMT
Benefits of Massage

Medical Benefits of Massage Therapy

It is estimated that nearly ninety percent of disease is stress related. Massage has been proven to not only reduce stress, but also to heal injuries, relieve pain, and even prevent and cure illnesses. While eliminating anxiety and life’s pressures may not be completely possible, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. Listed below are the most commonly known facts about massage. All of which have been proven to occur immediately with each massage session:

  • Decrease anxiety
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Decrease muscle tension
  • Improve flexibility
  • Increase circulation
  • Pain relief
  • Increase concentration
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system

Research continues to show the enormous benefits of massage therapy. This ranges from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles.

  • Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
  • Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
  • High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
  • Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
  • Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Preterm infants have improved weight gain.
  • Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
  • Relief from migraine pain.

Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of rehabilitation. From hospice care to neonatal intensive care units, many hospitals are incorporating on-site massage practitioners to treat post surgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process. It plays an important role as a supplement to standard injury rehabilitation procedures. Massage should be a priority both for injury prevention and rehabilitation.

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