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/
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.
Yours in Health and Wellness,
Kristeen Smart AKA Kristeen Kish
CAMTC Certified Massage Therapist