Not only does massage feel good, but studies indicate it can be good for you in many ways. In addition to relaxation, stress relief and better sleep, research links the benefits of massage with positively influencing the immune system. Read the full article here from the American Massage Therapy Association.
In addition to increasing range of motion and promoting relaxation, massage also impacts the lymphatic system and the lymphatic system forms part of the immune system. Massage promotes increased lymphatic drainage, thereby enhancing the removal of waste products and pathogens.
This increase in lymphatic drainage boosts the body’s ability to fight infection. The body has various chemicals and specialised cells to fight of infection.
The body’s innate immune system consists of barriers such as skin, lungs, digestive system and other bodily fluids. The skin acts as a waterproof barrier, the mucous within the lungs contains antibodies, the digestive tract also contains mucous and antibodies as well as an acid environment that kills most pathogens.
Incorporating massage as part of a healthy lifestyle can assist with a much needed boost to the immune system throughout winter.
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