Can Massage Therapy Help Prevent Colds?

Research studies do suggest that massage therapy can positively impact and manage inflammatory and auto-immune conditions in the human body.

What does this mean…exactly?

A published study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, A Preliminary Study of the Effects of a Single Session of Swedish Massage on Hypothalmic-Pituitary-Adrenal and Immune Function in Normal Individuals (Sep 2010) suggests that 53 adult subjects receiving a 45-minute massage therapy session showed measurable and significant increases in the volume of lymphocytes in their systems.  Who can’t use some more dis-ease sentinels in their circulatory system?

250px-SEM_LymphocyteThe more T-Cells and B-Cells that are keeping watch in our bodies and effectively eliminating viruses that would otherwise keep us from our jobs/passions and normal lives, the better.

Especially in the winter months, when cold and flu season is at its peak because viruses survive longer in colder, drier open air during transmission from host to host, it is good to know that there are studies out there that record the positive effects that a massage therapy treatment can have on a human body.  In my opinion, repeated exposure to massage therapy can have the cumulative effect of the results of this single study, although more research needs to be done to prove it empirically.

Let’s not give those viruses a place to cozy into for, at best, a few days or even a week or more…being out of the loop in a cold/flu state is No Fun.  If you have to have a cold, your immune system and its ability to respond are your first, best line of defense and correction – Be Well: get a massage!

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