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University studies and Peer-reviewed medical research has shown that the benefits of massage
include pain relief, reduced trait anxiety and depression, and temporarily reduced blood pressure, heart rate, and state of anxiety. Additional testing has shown an immediate increase and expedited recovery periods for muscle performance. Theories behind what massage might do include blocking nociception (gate control theory), activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which may stimulate the release of endorphins and serotonin, preventing fibrosisor scar tissue, increasing the flow of lymph, and improving sleep.
Massage is hindered from reaching the gold standard of scientific research, partly due to lack of funding, this is because much research funding is added into chemical pharmecuticals, some of which have harmful side effects, such as dependancy.
Pain relief: Relief from pain due to musculo skeletal injuries and other causes is cited as a major benefit of massage. Acupressure or pressure point massage may be more beneficial than classic Swedish massage in relieving back pain. However, a meta-study conducted by scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign failed to find a statistically significant reduction in pain immediately following treatment.
State anxiety: Massage has been shown to reduce state anxiety, a transient measure of anxiety in a given situation.
Blood pressure and heart rate: Massage has been shown to temporarily reduce blood pressure and heart rate.
Trait anxiety: Massage has been shown to reduce trait anxiety; a person’s general susceptibility to anxiety.
Depression: Massage has been shown to reduce sub clinical depression.