Research on massage therapy
A July 2001 survey conducted by the American Massage
Therapy Association found that the number of adults
receiving massages from a massage therapist more than
doubled since 1997.
Most healthcare providers are recognising massage therapy
as a legitimate aid for lower back pain and an effective
adjunct to lower back treatments. Fifty-four percent
of healthcare providers say they will encourage their
patients to pursue massage therapy in addition to medical
A study on massage and back pain conducted at the Touch
Research Institute at the University of Miami in 2001
found that: Massage lessened lower back pain,
depression and anxiety, and improved sleep. The massage
therapy group also showed improved range of motion and
their serotonin and dopamine levels were higher.
(International Journal of Neuroscience, 106, 131-145.)
Benefits of massage therapy
According to the American Massage Therapy Association,
research shows that massage therapy provides several
important health benefits, including:
- Massage improves blood circulation, which aids
in recovery of muscle soreness from physical activity.
- Massage relaxes muscles for an improved range of
motion. The muscle relaxation also helps with insomnia.
- Massage leads to increased endorphin levels. The
increase of endorphin levels is actually one of the
greatest benefits of massage therapy. Endorphins are
the chemicals the body produces that make you feel
good, which is very effective in managing chronic