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Hello, and welcome to the June 2017 newsletter! Ready for Summer? Whatever your plans this year, remember you can enjoy a most relaxing “vacation” for an hour or so with your next massage. It’s a great way to recharge and keep sailing through summer with a smile on your face.
This month’s guest article comes all the way from Africa (via the Internet), a nice collection of health benefits that massage can offer you.
When you consider the variety of health benefits that studies on massage reveal, you might wonder how one therapy can offer so many positive gains.
The common denominator seems to be that a full-body massage is opening the lines of communication throughout your body, getting all your body’s systems aligned and working better as a team. So, enjoy theexperience and know you’re doing something really beneficial for your health.
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Here Are 8 Health Benefits Of Getting A Massage
Boost Your Mood— It’s not just your imagination—you really do feel better after a massage. And those benefits might extend to people who suffer from depression, too.
After analyzing 17 studies, researchers from Taiwan concluded that massage therapy sessions significantly reduce their depressive symptoms. Still, more controlled studies are needed to nail down which massage therapy protocols are most effective, the researchers say.
Ease Anxiety— People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) may benefit from a massage, too, a new study from Emory University discovered.
After six weeks of Swedish massage therapy, patients with GAD experienced a significant reduction in scores on the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale, which measures feelings of worries, tension, fears, insomnia, dry mouth, and restlessness.
End Exercise Soreness— If a tough workout has you limping, the answer might be on the massagetable: People with trap soreness after a hard workout experienced a reduction in soreness intensity after a 10-minute massage of the affected muscle, according to a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
Fight Off Sickness— The feel-good effects of a massage may extend deep into your body. People who received Swedish massage showed changes in their immune system responses after the sessions, according to a study out of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. In particular, they experienced a boost in thenumber of circulating lymphocytes, white blood cells that help fight infection.
Ease Back Pain— Chronic low back pain is notoriously hard to treat—and according to new guidelines, you shouldn’t reach for the pills for relief, either.
But massage may be a drug-free way to feel better fast. About 50 percent of people with chronic low back pain who were given 10 sessions of massage therapy experienced clinically significant improvements in their pain level, a study in Pain Medicine found. And the effects were sustained—75 percent who experienced improvements after 12 weeks still showed the benefits at the 24-week mark.
Sleep Soundly— People who suffer from back pain tend to have problems sleeping. But massagetherapy might help fix that, too.
In a University of Miami School of Medicine study of 30 adults with chronic low back pain, those who received 30-minute long massage sessions twice a week for five weeks noted a significant reduction in sleep disturbances, meaning less awakening during the night or trouble falling asleep. Since the massagealso reduced the pain, it’s possible that fewer aches means higher-quality shuteye, the researchers believe.
Poop Easier— All backed up in the bathroom? Massage might help people who suffer from constipation, according to research published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies.
Researchers divided 60 people with constipation into two groups—one received laxatives along with abdominal massage, while the others were given only laxatives. After eight weeks, the people in the massage group reported less severe gastrointestinal symptoms and less abdominal pain than thelaxative-only group. They also pooped more frequently, too.
Lower Your Blood Pressure— You don’t just feel chilled out after a massage—your blood pressure might take a dip, too, according to a study from Iran.
Women with prehypertension who received Swedish massage for 10 to 15 minutes three times a week saw a 12 mm Hg drop in their systolic blood pressure after their sessions. And the BP-lowering effect remained for 72 hours after the massage.
Runners live longer— Running for two hours a week could add about three years to your life, a new study suggests. Analyzing existing literature on the link between exercise and longevity, a research team found that running at any pace is associated with an up to 40 percent lower risk for premature death, TheNew York Times reports. The researchers suspect that running reduces common risk factors, including high blood pressure and extra body fat, but say it’s also possible that runners are more likely to have other healthy habits, such as eating healthfully and not smoking. For reasons that aren’t clear, the benefits of other forms of exercise, such as walking and biking, weren’t as striking, accounting for a roughly 12 percent drop in risk of early death. Overall, most people who laced up their sneakers for two hours weekly would end up running nearly six months over the course of 40 years. The researchers calculated this would result in a net gain of about 2.8 years. The longevity benefits continue to climb up to a peak of about four hours of running a week, researchers said.
— The WEEK May 5, 2017
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The content of this letter is not intended to replace professional medical advice. If you’re ill, please consult a physician.
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