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Benefits of Medical Massage for Your Future
When your goal is to be as healthy as possible, staying aware of how your body operates is a smart move.
Your body is in a rapid state of change at the cellular level. These apparently fine changes are actually shaping your future.
Realize that the body you have today is literally a completely different collection of cells than the body you had a few short years ago. For instance, your stomach lining is replaced every five days; your skin, every five weeks. It only takes a few months for virtually every cell in your skeleton to be replaced.
Since your body is constantly recreating itself, doesn’t it make sense to do what you can to help rebuild the best “new you” possible? The development of your new cells is dependent on the conditions provided for them. Anything you can do to improve these variables may enable these new cells to be healthier. And these collections of new cells become the latest versions of your new heart, lungs, skin, etc.
Consider the various challenges your body faces during its rebuilding process. Living in today’s world means dealing with environmental risks like pollution, toxic substances, pesticides, and additives, as well as stressful situations and other negative influences. Your body is further burdened to the degree these things impact on your life.
Positive influences that are within your control include improving your nutritional program, getting enough rest and exercise, and drinking plenty of pure water, while limiting your intake of sugar, caffeine, etc.
Of course, massage can play a big part in your body’s proper function as well. One of the biggest challenges your body faces in its pursuit of optimum health is stress, and massage reduces tension and stress. When stress is reduced, your body can spend its time and energy creating a new, healthier you rather than battling the stressors that take their toll on your health.
Bodywork also helps to free the physical restrictions that can prevent your body from performing to its full capacity. All those developing cells need to get proper nutrition from the blood and to dispose of waste materials, actions aided by massage. The nerve signals that direct the body’s countless processes also can benefit from massage. As you run down the list of your body’s functions, just about every aspect of your health seems to benefit from receiving regular massages!
If you want to find out if a certain condition can be improved by therapeutic massage, or want to explore the studies done regarding massage, you may want to visit the Touch Research Institute website: (www.miami.edu/touch-research). Below is a piece from their home page:
“The Touch Research Institutes have conducted over 90 studies on the positive effects of massage therapy on many functions and medical conditions in varied age groups. Among the significant research findings are enhanced growth (e.g. in preterm infants), diminished pain (e.g. fibromyalgia), decreased autoimmune problems (e.g., increased pulmonary function in asthma and decreased glucose levels in diabetes), enhanced immune function (e.g., increased natural killer cells in HIV and cancer), and enhanced alertness and performance (e.g., EEG pattern of alertness and better performance on math computations). Many of these effects appear to be mediated by decreased stress hormones. ...”