Massage Beneficially Impacts Immune Response.
There are very few people that do not like to have a massage, and those of us that do – me, me, me, now have an extra justification for throwing yourself onto the nearest couch and shouting “fetch the oil, I’m ready for basting”.
Published in the Sept Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2010 a paper suggests that a single session of Swedish Massage Therapy produces measurable biologic effects. The intervention tested was 45 minutes of Swedish Massage Therapy versus a light touch control condition, using highly specified and identical protocols.
If replicated, these findings may have implications for managing inflammatory and autoimmune conditions. In the study, 29 subjects received 45 minutes of Swedish massage and 24 received 45 minutes of light touch massage. Each participant underwent informed consent, a physical and mental evaluation and was deemed to be physically healthy and free of any mental disorder. Massage therapists were trained in how to deliver both Swedish and light touch using specific and identical protocols.
Among the study’s results:
- People in the Swedish massage group experienced significant changes in lymphocytes (lymphocyte numbers and percentages) white blood cells that play a large role in defending the body from disease.
- Swedish massage caused a large decrease (effect size -.74) in Arginine Vasopressin (AVP) a hormone believed to play a role in aggressive behaviour and linked to helping cause increases in the stress hormone cortisol.
- Swedish massage caused a decrease in levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
- Swedish massage caused a notable decrease in most cytokines produced by stimulated white blood cells.
|Arginine-vasopressin (AVP)||Decreased||Large effect|
 Mark Hyman Rapaport, Pamela Schettler, Catherine Bresee A Preliminary Study of the Effects of a Single Session of Swedish Massage on Hypothalamic– Pituitary–Adrenal and Immune Function in Normal Individuals. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. September 2010, ahead of print. View Abstract
- Fatty Diet Suppresses Immune System
- Maternal Immune Response to Foetal Brain During Pregnancy a Key Factor in Some Autism
- Gut Immune Defect Links Bacteria and Metabolic Syndrome
- Lactobacillus GG: A Potent Immune Regulator Effective in Many Disorders
- Immune Tolerance in the GUT Relies on Dendritic Cells
2 Responses to “Massage Beneficially Impacts Immune Response.”
Leave a Reply
1st May 2015
This evening presentation will explore the latest research and clinical applications for phytonutrients related to gene expression, disease treatment/prevention, and personalized nutrition. It will provide a foundation for clinicians to detect and diagnose phytonutrient deficiencies in their patients and offer ways to maximise daily phytonutrient intake.Click for further information
- Even exercise of short duration and low intensi...
Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Triggers Gut Dysbiosis, Neuroinflammation, Gut-Brain Axis Dysfunction, and Vulnerability for DementiaA paper published in the journal CNS Neurology ...
- A Review and open critique of Michael Shermer...
- A free to access paper published in the Netherl...
- The future of medicine lies in personali...
Updates on your email
Don't miss out on our email updates