The Healing Benefits of Massage
Posted November 20, 2008on:
Observation of cancer patients at the research Institute in Columbus, Ohio found that they felt less anxious and less pain after therapeutic massage sessions. The white blood cells and the k cells, which are a kind of white blood cell, both increased their activity significantly after therapeutic massage. The recipients of the massage therapy were medical students at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
The National Institutes of Health funded studies that massage helped abdominal surgery patient’s recovery from their surgery and it promoted weight gain in babies exposed to HIV The National Institutes of Health.
Research about massage has also revealed that it relives the stiffness and pain of arthritis, reduces the itching and pain of burn patients, improves the weight of preterm infants, reduces premenstrual cramps and water retention, and it helps the pulmonary function of children with asthma.
Dr. Joan Borysenko PH. D. published in the Massage Journal, the Fall 1999 issue, said in her interview that: “Often times people are stressed in our culture. Stress-related disorders make up between 80-and-90 percent of the ailments that bring people to family practice physicians. What they require is someone to listen, someone to touch them, someone to care. That does not exist in modern medicine.