Massage for Boosting the Immune System

Monday March 30, 2015

There is a growing body of research that supports the use of massage therapy during cancer treatment.  Massage therapy has been shown to have positive effects on anxiety, fatigue, nausea, depression, and pain, particularly for people receiving chemotherapy.  New research published in the journal of Applied Nursing Research links back massage during chemotherapy treatment to significantly reduced levels of anxiety.

Massage therapy can help boost the immune system.  Several studies published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine demonstrate measurable effects of Swedish massage on hormonal activity that regulate blood pressure, water retention, and the production of natural killer T cells (all of which play a role in the function of the immune system).  Using massage therapy as a preventative measure, especially during cold and flu season, could help to keep you well.

If you suffer from fibromyalgia, massage therapy may help.  Research suggests that massage therapy can help with typical symptoms of fibromyalgia including pain, anxiety, depression, and quality of sleep.  Consistency is key for those with fibromyalgia and with regular treatment, a significant reduction in sensitivity to pain and overall improvement in quality of life can be possible.

So treat your body to the wonderful effects of message therapy!

By: Courtney J. Huell, MS, MPH