It’s for anyone!
You don’t have to be special to reap the benefits of massage. You can be old, young, out of shape, in shape, in pain, working too hard, stressed about your job, or just needing to relax. It is becoming popular for sports, pre-natal, overall well-being, and as a great addition to self-care.
The health benefits of massage cannot be emphasized enough. The relaxation triggers the parasympathetic state, “rest and digest” that helps the immune system, brain, nervous system, digestion, heart, as well as reducing pain and promoting healthy muscle tone, flexibility, and ease of movement around joints.
Research on Benefits of Massage
The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine has conducted over 100 research trials that have shown the benefits of massage for such diverse conditions as asthma, anxiety, diabetes, some sleep disorders, pregnancy, weight gain for pre-term infants, side effects of chemo, sports injuries, low back pain, the pain of fibromyalgia, and lowering high blood pressure. Hundreds of other research studies have supported their findings and documented other conditions. Massage has been shown to benefit nearly every topic in health psychology textbooks. It decreases anxiety, has comparable benefits to psychotherapy over several sessions for mild to moderate depression, and is on the increase by the Department of Defense for returning veterans suffering from PTSD. Not only does it improve mood, it feels great!
Insurance Coverage and In-Hospital Massage is Consumer Driven
It’s not just that massage feels good. It also has proven benefits that make hospitals take notice, especially when you communicate it to your doctor. For example, the Mayo Clinic cardiac surgery department started research on massage for post-surgery recovery after open heart surgery. The patients’ high satisfaction ratings, their decreased need for pain medications, and their improved recovery times made the other surgery departments take notice. The gastro-intestinal surgery department initiated massage, and other surgery departments followed suit. All of them wanted to improve their patient’s satisfaction ratings, which are critical as competition among hospitals increases. Let your doctor know, and ask your insurance company.
Research at Integration Massage
Rosi Goldsmith, LMT of Integration Massage was pleased to attend the April, 2013 International Massage Therapy Research Conference in Boston. She wrote an initial summary report, here. She is the winner of the 2013 American Massage Therapy Association, Oregon Chapter, Research Grant for her ongoing case study research series on Neuroplasticity in Parkinson’s, using body-based and body-mind approaches.
Feel free to contact us if you would like to be part of a case study, especially if you think that developing neuroplasticity might benefit your condition, or if you are already involved in research studies and would like to include massage.