Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
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Manual Lymph Drainage, also known as MLD or Lymph Therapy is an extremely gentle and relaxing specialized hands-on physical technique that promotes the movement of lymph through the available lymph pathways that is used to treat a whole list of pathologies, in addition to serious chronic conditions such as lymphedema. Lymph Therapy can be a very useful tool pre and post surgery to help the body reduce and cope with post-operative swelling. It is useful to the healthy person as a cleansing internal "detox", or purely for relaxation. It has many applications for general health problems and can help people with skin problems, sinus congestion, migraines and bruising/edema to name a few. It can help boost the immune system. MLD is amazing to have done pre and post surgery, it is also great to have during and post pregnancy and can help with pregnancy related carpal tunnel, puffy ankles, and fluid retention.
It improves sleep
Not only can massage encourage a restful sleep—it also helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest.
A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that massage boosts patients’ white blood cell count (which plays a large role in defending the body from disease).
Soothes anxiety and depression
“Human touch, in a context that is safe, friendly and professional, can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing”. Women diagnosed with breast cancer who received massage therapy three times a week reported being less depressed and less angry, according to a study published in the International Journal of Neuroscience.
It counteracts all the sitting you do
Desk workers, beware. More advanced forms of postural stress “show up as pain or weakness in the low back and glute muscles caused by prolonged periods of sitting.”
Luckily, massage can counteract the imbalance caused from sitting, which means you can keep your desk job—as long as you schedule a regular massage. :)
Research from Granada University in Spain found that a single session of massage therapy has an immediate effect on perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches.
It eases muscle pain
A 2011 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that massage therapy is as effective as other methods of treatment for chronic back pain.