Is massage part of your fitness and health goals? Massage is well-known to relieve every day stress, yet have you considered implementing it in your other health and fitness goals? With the new year gaining quickly, everyone re-evaluates their fitness goals and massage can work hand-in-hand with those goals from relieving the pain of overworked and sore muscles, joints and tendons to helping elevate your immunity to keep the usual cold weather sicknesses at bay.
Scientific studies have shown that massage:
- REDUCES INFLAMMATION: a study published in the Science Translational Medicine found that massage eases sore muscles after a tough workout. Just 10 minutes can reduce inflammation which helps your body recover.
- REDUCES PAIN: Eight out of 10 people will experience debilitating back pain according to Time. According to a low back pain study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, after receive one massage a week for 10 weeks, 1 out of 3 patients improved and were pain free, compared to 1 in 25 given the "usual care".
- BOOSTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM: Multiple studies have linked the stress-busting massage to better functioning of the immune system. In one 2010 study, researchers found massage increased a person's disease-fighting white blood cells.