Can Massage Reduce Inflammation in the Body?

Study Shows Massage Therapy Could Reduce Inflammation

Woman receiving a relaxing back massage.

While most people are aware of how beneficial massage therapy can be to relieve stress, the effects of massage on reducing inflammation isn’t as well known.

Why is it important to reduce inflammation? Because it is linked to contributing to most of the major diseases, including heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s.

The following excerpt is from DoctorsHealthPress.com:

Need an excuse to get a massage? A new health breakthrough in the area of natural health news has proven that this alternative therapy could reduce inflammation in the body. Since inflammation is implicated in a wide swath of chronic diseases, it seems that seeing a massage therapist might not be just about stress relief.

On a cellular level, massage lessens inflammation and promotes the growth of new mitochondria in skeletal muscle. Mitochondria are the energy center of every cell in the body. The research appears online in the journal “Science Translational Medicine.”

The potential benefits of massage are vast. Massage could be useful to a broad spectrum of individuals, including older adults, those suffering from musculoskeletal injuries, and patients with chronic inflammatory disease. Massage could be used as actual medical practice in these cases.

Read the full article here.

For more information on chronic inflammation and disease, I found this article at lef.org:

Of the ten leading causes of mortality in the United States, chronic, low-level inflammation contributes to the pathogenesis of at least seven. These include heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and nephritis (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2011; Bastard et al. 2006; Cao 2011, Jha et al. 2009; Ferrucci et al. 2010; Glorieux et al. 2009; Kundu et al. 2008; Murphy 2012; Singh et al. 2011).

Inflammation has classically been viewed as an acute (short term) response to tissue injury that produces characteristic symptoms and usually resolves spontaneously. More contemporary revelations show chronic inflammation to be a major factor in the development of degenerative disease and loss of youthful functions.

Chronic inflammation can be triggered by cellular stress and dysfunction, such as that caused by excessive calorie consumption, elevated blood sugar levels, and oxidative stress. It is now clear that the destructive capacity of chronic inflammation is unprecedented among physiologic processes (Karin et al. 2006).

The danger of chronic, low-level inflammation is that its silent nature belies its destructive power.

In fact, stress-induced inflammation, once triggered, can persist undetected for years, or even decades, propagating cell death throughout the body. Due to the fact that it contributes so greatly to deterioration associated with the aging process, this silent state of chronic inflammation has been coined “inflammaging”.

Read the full article here.

There is much more to inflammation and the damage that it causes. Food choice is a major factor, and there are a number of anti-inflammatory diet books on the market. Vitamins and supplements can also be helpful.

In addition to making some changes in your eating habits, book a massage to help reduce the inflammation!

If you have any tips on reducing inflammation, please share them by posting.

Massage Class for Couples

Learn how to massage your partner!

Learn how to massage your partner.

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Have you always wanted to learn how to massage your partner?  Or wished that they knew how to give you a good massage?

Maybe you searched and found some classes online, but didn’t want to be in a room with a lot of other couples.

I have a couple of options for you! The first is to take my massage class for couples, which is private one on one instruction with you and your partner. If you don’t have a partner, bring a good friend!

The second option is to purchase a couples massage instruction video. I have one that I highly recommend, by GTS Therapeutics. Even if you take the couples massage class, you might want to buy it for a great reference tool.

What you will learn in my massage class for couples:

  • How to give a relaxing, nurturing full body massage.
  • Massage strokes for the different areas of the body.
  • How to stretch your partner and use range of motion for increased flexibility.
  • Tips for body alignment when giving massage so that you are comfortable also.
  • Techniques for getting rid of headaches.
  • What types of lotions and/or oils to use.
  • Where to purchase massage supplies.
  • How to prepare an area in your home for massage if you don’t have a massage table.
  • How to use bolsters or pillows for more comfortable positioning.

I like to create a fun, relaxing learning environment. So come prepared to relax, unwind, learn how to give a great massage, and have fun at the same time. Since this is a one on one learning environment, there will be plenty of time for you to ask any questions that you have.

During the class, you will be using my massage table. Since most people don’t have a table of their own, I will explain different ways to set up a comfortable space for massage.

You will go home feeling confident in your ability to massage your partner (or friend, or family member).

The cost of the massage class for couples is $250. Call me (Becky) at (360) 701-4183 to set up a time for your class.

Gift certificates are also available at my office or online:

What if I want to buy a massage table to have at home?

Some people like to have a table at home, as it is quick and easy to set up. Aside from receiving massages on it, it’s a great place to do some stretches. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a table, there are plenty of relatively inexpensive ones starting around $65 that will hold up quite well for home use.

Couples Massage Instruction Video

This video is the best I have seen for learning how to give massage in the comfort of your home. They show you how to set up a comfortable area on the floor to do massage. They cover everything that you need to know in order to give a nice massage. It would be a good reference tool after taking my couples massage class.

 

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Massage for low back pain

Does massage really help alleviate low back pain?

Man with Low Back PainIn my experience, yes, massage can be a very effective way of managing and relieving back pain. Massage, along with other forms of self care, will help get you there faster.

I’m a firm believer in that the more you can do for yourself, the better off you are. So incorporating yoga, tai chi, or other forms of movement and stretching in your daily routine will definitely help keep you on track.

Sometimes though, it just works better to have someone do the work for you! I like to incorporate range of motion moves in with my massages, especially when someone is dealing with decreased movement and pain. It is always done to the clients level of comfort.

Many people with back pain are surprised at how much better they feel after a massage session, and how much easier it is for them to move. My clients that see me on a regular basis are aware of how much massage helps them to maintain their flexibility.

Here is an excerpt from an article that I found at timesofmalta.com with some healthy tips for the new year:

Many people seem to live constantly with a nagging back pain. The answer is not pain killers or anti-inflammatory drugs; it is massage.

Researchers confirm something many of us have known for years – that structural or relaxation massage is as effective as any non-drug therapies; even better than acupuncture, exercise and yoga.

In a study of 400 people with chronic lower back pain, researchers from the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle found that both types of massage were significantly effective compared with the usual care.

The participants had a weekly massage for a 10-week period. By the end, one third said the pain had gone completely, or had significantly improved. As a result they were able to function better and lead more active lives (Ann. Intern. Med., 2011).

Read the full article here.

It’s always refreshing to me to see news articles about the benefits of massage. To me, it should be incorporated into everyone’s routine that is looking to maintain and/or improve their health and flexibility.

But then, I’m a little biased in that regard.  😉

Do you have a story about how massage helped your back pain?  Please leave a comment and/or “like” this post. Thanks!