Massage Therapy, also known as Manual Therapy, has a number of benefits. One benefit of massage therapy includes enhanced relaxation and reduced stress or anxiety. This is important since high stress levels can contribute to a reduction in the immune systems’ ability to fight off disease. Another benefit is massage therapy can stimulate the release of serotonin and endorphins resulting in a greater overall sense of well-being. Massage therapy can also improve sleep, and sleep plays a vital role in the body’s ability to heal from injury and fight off disease. Massage therapy can also relieve pain, improve alertness, and decrease blood pressure in people with hypertension. Massage therapy achieves this by reducing the heart rate, increasing blood flow, and increasing the release of endorphins.
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