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Consumers may be tempted to trim their wellness budgets when economic times are tough. Yet a recent national consumer survey showed most massage-minded Americans are committed to maintaining the health benefits they experience with massage. It makes sense — the better you feel, the better job you can do of caring for yourself and your loved ones.
Massage should play a role in reducing stress and strengthening the health of Americans. When people feel their best, they are more likely to be able to face the challenges difficult times present. With greater health and peace of mind, consumers can face difficulties with poise, clarity of purpose, and strengthened emotional reserves.
Truly, massage is more than a luxury — it’s a vital part of self-care that has a positive ripple effect on us as we work, play, and care for others.
The positive effects of regular massage can have benefits in many areas of your life.
Home: Massage therapy helps families under stress create healthy households with clear thinking and more relaxed moms and dads. Individuals taking care of themselves are better equipped to be responsive caregivers who can provide a sense of security — to children, partners, aging parents, or other family members.
Work: The health benefits of massage can help forestall illnesses and lost work time, especially when you may be asked to produce more with fewer resources. Decision-making skills will be better and your performance is likely to be improved with a clear focus and more energy.
Health: Those with existing health conditions can continue to reap benefits in the following ways. Proactively caring for health through massage may help reduce costly doctor visits and use of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
The Research Shows
• Massage can reduce sports-related soreness and improve circulation — good to know when you may be exercising more to reduce stress.
• Deep-tissue massage is effective in treating back pain, arthritis, and other chronic pains.
• Fibromyalgia patients receiving massage have less pain, depression, anxiety, stiffness, fatigue, and problems sleeping.
• Massage reduces symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
• Oncology patients show less pain, fatigue, nausea, anxiety, and depression following massage therapy.
• Stroke patients show less anxiety and lower blood pressure with massage therapy.
• Massage therapy is effective is reducing postsurgical pain.