The Medical Benefits of Massage

By | May 17, 2011

The healing effects of massage have been known since antiquity. Studies funded by the Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Branch of the National Institutes of Health have likewise shown the benefits of both single dose and regular massage treatments. Massage has been shown to reduce pain levels, being most effective in treating musculoskeletal pain, but also significantly reducing certain types of cancer pain.

In addition to its physical effects massage reliably produces a number of psychological and neurological benefits. At the same time it decreases anxiety and depression massage increases alertness and mental clarity as measured by EEG and computational testing. Massage also improves the quality and duration of sleep.

Massage has also been shown to positively influence a number of physiological processes, including temporarily reducing blood pressure and heart rate. In additional studies massage has been shown to improve lymph flow and immune function.

But massage is not a panacea. Like other forms of therapy both complimentary and allopathic it is better in some situations than in others and is much more effective if used as part of an integrated treatment regimen, than when used alone. In the end the skill of the person designing the treatment regimen is likely to be as important as the skill of the individual physicians and therapists.

With all of these benefits is it any wonder that we at Schlesinger Pain Centers have started a medical massage program. Our expert therapists will tailor their treatment to fit your symptoms. Treatments will be available by appointment only. Massage is a covered benefit under a number of insurance plans and is partially covered under the physical therapy benefits under other plans. If you would like to find out if your insurance plan provides this kind of coverage or if you would like to schedule a session, please call Jackie at our office at 818-845-8100.

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