- A study on patients with Multiple Sclerosis at the Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Research Center, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, in Iran. “Conclusions: Massage therapy could be more effective than exercise therapy. Moreover, the combination of massage and exercise therapy may be a little more effective than exercise therapy alone.”
AMTA Massage Benefits for Mental Health
A few more findings collected and posted on American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), show the following:
- Research published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine indicates that massage therapy can reduce symptoms of depression for individuals with HIV disease.
- Research published in Military Medicine reports that military veterans indicated significant reductions in ratings of anxiety, worry, depression and physical pain after massage. Analysis also suggests declining levels of tension and irritability following massage.
- Research published in Applied Nursing Research shows that back massage given during chemotherapy can significantly reduce anxiety and acute fatigue.
AMTA Massage Therapy Consumer Survey Feedback
- 88% of individuals view massage as beneficial to overall health and wellness
- 88% of individuals believe that massage can be effective in reducing pain
- 75% of consumers surveyed claim that their primary reason for receiving a massage was medical (43%) or stress (32%) related
- 53% of people say their doctor has recommended they get a massage
There are a multitude of studies showing improved physical, mental and emotional health in people who get massage regularly. According to sources such as the Mayo Clinic, WebMD, International Journal of Neuroscience, there is evidence that massage therapy can be one of the best ways to treat a long series of physical and mental ailments.