It has been proven that just one massage helps to strengthen the immune system and reduce stress even if the person is not ill or under a stressful life situation. The benefits of massage are obvious to any person who has ever used any massage. Massage soothes people and relieves human anxiety. Recent research says that massage helps with various ailments.
The researchers studied 53 subjects (healthy adults) aged 18 and 45 years. Respondents were divided into two groups. One group of respondents received a traditional Swedish massage. The second group of subjects received a light touch treatment that was only supposed to simulate a massage (without actual touches and massage techniques). It should be noted that the Swedish massages were performed by authorized masseurs to ensure regularity.Each participant had an intravenous needle inserted into the hand during the massage and for several hours after the massage. A needle is inserted into the hand so that levels of various hormones and various markers of the immune system can be measured at different intervals in the blood.
The authors investigated subjects guided by the theory that massage increases the level of oxytocin (the hormone of love) which helps regulate the levels of stress-related hormones. However, the authors found that this was not the case. People who received a light touch treatment actually experienced higher levels of oxytocin than people who had a Swedish massage. Recipients of Swedish massage have experienced a decrease in stress hormones and an increase in the body’s production of various cells that stimulate immune responses. What does this mean for other people?
This means that one massage can help strengthen the immune system of people and make it easier to defend against stress. Although for most people it will be enough to know that massage makes them feel better (regardless of the biological effects). Experts say their findings could help improve the use of massage therapy in traditional medicine. This is good news for all people looking for more options to treat medical problems. Several studies on massage therapy have been conducted. All research focused on specific problems (back pain, anxiety, etc.). This research specifically shows that massage therapy can be beneficial to people suffering from a wide range of immune system disorders.