There are more than 640 recognized complementary and alternative medicine modalities–everything from acupressure, to chiropractic work, to yoga, to meditation, to massage therapy. Over the years there have been many studies to try to determine if these techniques are as effective as other “traditional medicine” options, or if they’re better as a compliment to other treatment, or if there are any negative aspects. The good news is that when it comes to massage therapy, there are some very promising results. The bad news is that there there still aren’t enough studies to tease out the benefits of massage by modality (technique). Most focus on the effects of massage therapy on a specific disease or condition.
Just the facts about massage
Massage therapy has been around for more than 5000 years. The practice of using touch as a therapeutic and healing method are evident in the ancient history of India, Egypt , China and Japan, Greece and European countries. It wasn’t until the latter half of the 20th century, however, that there was a rising interest in natural healing methods in general, and massage specifically, in the US and other Western countries. Massage has since earned a place as a respected and legitimate form of complementary medicine focusing on increasing wellness, disease prevention, and more. Continue reading “Is Massage Really Good For You?”