86 percent of individuals surveyed view massage as being beneficial to overall health and wellness.87 percent of individuals surveyed believe that massage can be effective in reducing pain; with 30 percent of respondents stating they have used massage therapy for pain relief.Consumers received an average of 4.4 massages in the past 12 months.Consumers received an average of 12.7 massages in the past 5 [...]
Research indicates that massage and myotherapy are effective in managing: subacute/chronic low back paindelayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)anxietystresssoft tissue injurieshigh blood pressureinsomnia.They can also be effectively used to support people with:a chronic diseasea life threatening illness such as cancer.
Typically, massage practitioners use either oil or talcum powder to allow their hands to slip over a person's skin. Sometimes, a sheet or thin piece of cloth might be used for the same effect. Different types of massage may include:myotherapy – involves the assessment and treatment of soft tissue pain, injury and dysfunction affecting movement and mobility. [...]
One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins – the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing. Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair [...]