Nobody likes to get sick. It keeps you from enjoying the important things in life. You miss work or school and are unable to go to events with family and friends.
Everyone knows that massage therapy has benefits. It can contribute to increased serotonin levels, relaxation, improved blood flow and muscle relaxation. However, recent studies have suggested that there are long-term health benefits as well.
Your immune system is a complicated thing. It helps you fight viruses and bacteria, but it can be compromised over time. Studies show that massage therapy can greatly increase the body’s ability to fight off invaders and to prevent illness.
This is due to the fact that frequent massage increases the cytotoxic capacity of the immune system. These are the cells that help to fight off bacteria. It also helps to raise the activity level in white blood cells in order to improve the overall function of the immune system. In fact, some research shows that patients with compromised immune systems who receive massage therapy experience improved function of those immune system.
It is believed that these and other benefits can be applied to people who are merely looking to fight off illnesses such as the common cold, flu, or any other seasonal illness. Some also believe that this is even more effective during the long winter months when the spread of these illnesses is more likely.
It should be noted that you shouldn’t schedule a massage if you are already sick. Massage increases circulation and when your body is fighting off an illness, increasing circulation can stir up a virus and make your symptoms seem worse.
If you’re looking for a way to help prevent illness and stay healthy during the cold and flu season, contact our offices in Joplin, MO and let us know how we can serve you.