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Effects of Massage on Health and Disease


The effects of massage on health and disease, while not entirely understood, continue to be be confirmed by recent studies.

Effects of Massage on Chronic Conditions

Massage has been shown to have positive effects on various conditions, including:

Autoimmune disorders, such as:

Painful conditions:
Conditions related to aging:

Additionally, massage has beneficial effects when used as an adjunct (additional) to traditional medical treatments, such as dialysis and chemotherapy. 

Our Population Is Aging

Combined with risk factors, such as, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and tobacco use, it's no wonder a greater number of people are getting sicker.

6 in 10 Americans Have A Chronic Disease

The most common are diabetes, Alzheimer's, and respiratory diseases, such as asthma and COPD.

But, Like, What Does Massage *Do* to Effect Health and Disease?

The current scientific theory about the effects of massage on health and disease in the body focuses on the stimulation of pressure receptors, causing the release of the powerful neurotransmitters, dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin.

These chemicals reduce the “stress hormone,” cortisol and increases activity of the vagus nerve. 

The increased activity of the vagus nerve activates the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting relaxation and feelings of well-being, comfort, contentment, health, and happiness.

All of this is a super fancy way of saying, “Massage triggers chemical processes that make you feel good.” 

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