Massage therapy is known to offer many benefits such as decreasing stress, relaxation, improving circulation, and improving muscle soreness and tightness. Did you know that it may even boost our immune system? This means you are better equipped to fight away viruses, stay healthy, and not get ill!
How Does Massage Therapy Help The Immune System?
There is more and more research to back up this belief that massage therapy boosts the immune system. One reason is that it helps our lymphatic system function optimally. Research has shown that receiving regular massage therapy helps boost our immune system and flush toxins through our lymphatic system, thus getting rid of unwanted waste. This keeps our body healthy and free of excess toxins that can be detrimental to our health.
Massage also increases blood flow throughout the body. With this increased blood flow and circulation, the body performs better. It is also seen that massage increases the activity of white blood cells that help our body fight diseases.
Massage therapy is also thought to affect our hormones in our body. In particular, massage can decrease levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. When our cortisol levels are high, we are more likely to feel stressed and also more susceptible to getting an illness. Vasopressin is a hormone that is believed to play a role in aggressive behavior, and massage may decrease this as well.
If you are someone who regularly gets ill, or you know that you have a compromised immune system, then regular massage therapy is a great idea for your health. Also, anyone can benefit from regular massage to maintain their healthy immune system. This is especially important during seasons when illness is more prevalent or during more stressful times in life.