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Massage for stress and pain reduction

We have long known that massage is good for stress reduction, this claim is backed by science.

In this article posted by the US National Library of Medicine a study revealed that after a massage “Cortisol (stress hormone) levels decreased by an average of 31% and Serotonin and Dopamine levels rose an average of 28% and 31% respectively.”  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16162447

 

Many conditions such as fibromyalgia present themselves with low levels of serotonin, parkinsons presents with low dopamine. The study suggests that massage may benefit many medical conditions. As we know serotonin and dopamine are used in medications for neurological pain conditions and in antidepressants.

The implications of the study backs up other studies that have shown massage to be of benefit in many chronic pain disorders such as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis and could possibly help with depression and anxiety.

Yours in Health and Wellness,

Kristeen Smart AKA Kristeen Kish

CAMTC Certified Massage Therapist

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