Massage Therapy as an Alternative Drug Treatment

By: Jessica Deets

While there are some conditions that will require mainstream medical treatment no matter what, there are a number of others that can benefit greatly from massage therapy.

What once was considered "quackery" is becoming more and more accepted by the medical profession and patients in general.

Relaxing the mind and body both, this therapy can relieve pain and stress while helping the body tap into its own healing resources.

The benefits of professionally applied massage therapy are many. They start off as simple as relieving muscle strain and become as impressive as offering increased white blood cell activity.

The proven benefits of massage therapy include:

* Decreased anxiety and respiratory rates. Massage simply helps relax patients, which is great for battling the stress today's world can dish out. Decreased anxiety can help lessen the effects stress has on the body.

* Increased with blood cell activity. This benefit was chosen by a study at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The increase indicates massage might have a strong benefit on the immune system. Exactly how much or how little isn't clear, but the fact the immune system is stimulated is good news.

* Pain relief. There are a number of studies that show massage therapy has some serious pain relief benefits. An Ohio study has even shown that massage has an impact on the pain and anxiety cancer patients often endure. From regular muscle aches and tension to serious injury pain, massage appears to have some real benefits in making people more relaxed and comfortable over all.

* Improved range of motion. By slowing working the muscles and providing them relief, massage has proven useful in increase a person's range of motion.

* Lowers blood pressure, symptoms of depression and more. The benefits of relaxing for the body have been long proven and massage is showing itself as a great way to attain these benefits.

* Increased alertness. Although it's relaxing, massage tends to increase a person's ability to focus, which results in a more alert state. This is great for employers looking for ways to keep their employees more productive as the end of the day draws near.

The benefits of massage are many and more are being realized almost every day. Whether it's being performed to simply relive a kinked neck or to help a person handle a stressful time, massage is a great way to get a job done.

Rather than relying on complex and sometimes addictive prescription drugs, this form of therapy relies heavily on the body's own ability to heal itself. By stimulating blood and oxygen flow, massage makes the body more capable of doing its job and in many cases can completely replace the need for other forms of therapy.

Massage is a great option to consider whether it's for relaxing or helping an injury heal. The benefits versus the risks are simply amazing.

For those who question its benefits, consider the number of medical professionals who are now prescribing massage therapy for their patients.

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