According to Dr. Brent Bauer at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, the number one reason medical professionals are turning to massage therapy is for stress reduction. Stress suppresses immune function, inhibits wound healing, and slows recovery."Anything we can do to bring stress reduction is going to be helpful."
Pain is another top reason hospitals are turning to massage. A recent study published in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, massage therapy significantly reduced the pain, anxiety, and muscular tension and improves relaxation and satisfaction after cardiac surgery.
In almost all studies done on massage therapy vs. "the usual care", patients who get massage experience lower anxiety, lower stress, and lower muscle tension all over.
"We know massage can be beneficial." Back pain, fibromyalgia, stress and anxiety are all, "Very high on the list of things we think massage can be beneficial."
Dr. Brent Bauers advice? Spend some time interviewing massage therapists, ask questions, find out what their philosophy is. Find out if they are able to work with you and your physician. Do some homework, invest time to find the right person.
Talk to your doctor today to find out how massage therapy can help you and your loved ones recover from illness and stay healthy.