New Study Confirms Regular Massage Creates Lasting Immune Benefit

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As a result of findings released about a recent study on the long-term immune benefits of regular massage, Massage School San Diego proclaimed their excitement that the findings of the study in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine were consistent with results their practitioners have seen first hand in their own massage practices.

Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles recently released a study proving prolonged effects from recurrent massage. Massage School San Diego (MSSD) announced their support of the research that confirmed many health benefits as a result of the immune response stimulated by massage therapy. MSSD provides advice to potential students on which San Diego massage school would best fit their needs and MSSD hopes this new information will increase attendance at local schools.

The study looked at immune and neuroendocrine levels and responses over five weeks in patients that received either Swedish Massage or a light touch treatment once or twice a week. The results demonstrated increased beneficial immune levels that could have implications for treating the symptoms of, “depression, anxiety, back pain, asthma, fatigue and even HIV,” according to the futurity.org announcement of the findings.

Study lead Dr. Mark Rappaport, of Emory University, believed a previous short-term study on the effects of Swedish massage needed to be expanded on. He felt that the subject who received regular applications of massage and touch therapy over time would have an even more measurable response. His hypothesis proved correct, and the study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine will be an excellent resource for massage therapists and medical professionals, Massage School San Diego stated.

Massage is defined by the medical dictionary of thefreedictionary.com as, “the rubbing or kneading of parts of the body especially to aid circulation, relax the muscles, or provide sensual stimulation.” According to Massage Today, massage therapy is, “recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing, with references in medical texts nearly 4,000 years old. In fact, Hippocrates, known as the "father of medicine," referenced massage when he wrote, in the 4th century B.C.: ‘The physician must be acquainted with many things, and assuredly with rubbing.’ “

Cedars – Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California is Jewish hospital where doctors and scientists conduct research as well as standard, high – quality patient care. They have been dedicated to community health since 1902, and their 4-prong mission involves:

  •     “Leadership and excellence in delivering quality healthcare services
  •     Expanding the horizons of medical knowledge through biomedical research
  •     Educating and training physicians and other healthcare professionals
  •     Striving to improve the health status of our community”

On the NIH’s Medline Plus website, immune response is defined thus. “The immune response is how your body recognizes and defends itself against bacteria, viruses, and substances that appear foreign and harmful.” Your body’s response to “antigens,” or the proteins often found on things like viruses, bacteria of fungus in your system, is what helps defend you against these things that could potentially harm you. A lack of healthy immune response can generate physical conditions like allergies, disease and autoimmune disorders like Lupus.

Massage School San Diego proclaimed their agreement that findings released about a recent study on the long-term immune benefits of regular massage today in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine were consistent with results their practitioners have seen first hand in their own massage practices.

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