While massage has long been appreciated for its tactile pleasure and promotion of relaxation, research proves that it actually helps to heal the body. No longer just a luxurious fluffy spa treatment, massage has now been linked to the reduction of a wide variety of symptoms caused by chronic and acute illness.
For example, inflammation (the leading cause of a host of diseases such as asthma, fibromyalgia and diabetes) can be dramatically reduced by frequent massage. This healing touch helps to release built up toxins in muscular, connective, and adipose tissue.
The same line of thinking can be applied to those who do not suffer from a chronic disease. A 2010 study found that massage enhances the body’s immune system, which prevents the spread of communicable illnesses.
Beyond the simple manipulation of the outer tissues, massage rewards recipients with the power of touch and comfort. This sense of physical safety is not only mentally beneficial, but has even been shown to slow the spread of many diseases, including cancer. Cancer patients who receive regular massage generally outlive those who do not, according to a recent study.
Many massage practitioners apply the precepts of holistic medicine in their approach to their craft. In particular, the use of cannabis-infused massage salves has become increasingly popular; a treatment that combines the healing power of touch with the medically-proven benefits of marijuana. This is exciting news for dispensaries and advocates for medical marijuana, who may see treatment protocols in this field expanding to new territory. As research improves our understanding of both massage and medical marijuana, treatment plans that employ both methods of healing may come in handy.
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