How Massage Therapy Boosts Your Immune System

Boost your Immunity Health with Massage

Massage Therapy serves to enhance your immune system, relieve tension, and help many health problems naturally. It’s one of the safest ways to affect every system in your body beneficially.

Massage Therapy and Your Immune System

Sure, massage therapy feels good, and that’s reason enough to book an appointment. But, in addition to feeling good, evidence shows that receiving massages helps your body’s immune system in numerous ways.

Researchers at Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles demonstrated that people getting a 45 -minute massage experienced significant changes in lymphocytes, a decrease in Arginine Vasopressin (AVP), a reduction in the stress-related hormone cortisol, and also noticeable positive changes in most cytokines produced by white blood cells.

Lymphocytes play a large role in defending the body against disease; AVP is a hormone attributed to increased aggressive behavior and cortisol production. When cortisol is released in response to stress, flight or fight kicks in, and blood pressure rises. Cortisol works against insulin and reduces protein uptake and can lead to reduced muscle mass. Cytokines help regulate the immune system.

Massage Offers Immediate Benefits to Your Overall Health and Well-Being

In addition to the health benefits mentioned above, receiving a massage positively affects every system in your body including the connective tissues, muscles, cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive systems.

Receiving massage therapy helps increase circulation and reduces swelling in your body; improvement in blood flow aids in relieving stress and anxiety by lowering blood pressure, invoking relaxation, and reducing the hormones that activate your sympathetic nervous system invoking the fight or flight response mentioned above.

Like exercise, massage promotes dopamine production, decreases feelings of anger, and promotes a good night’s sleep. Massage therapy complements exercising in that it relieves muscle tension, increases flexibility, and helps reduce muscle soreness through increased circulation.

COVID Safe Precautions employed between clients keep you safe at every appointment.

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