Massage Your Way To A Stronger Immune System

When we look for an immune booster, one of the more popular methods and quick fixes is to eat fruit or drink a concoction that’s high in vitamin c. As well as this works, it only does so to a certain extent. Targeting the body and making sure everything is properly aligned and working to its highest level is something that not many people address, and the immune system can sometimes suffer because of it.

If you’re someone that always seems to be recovering from a cold or if you’ve got the sniffles seemingly all year round, you may want to turn to methods other than cough syrup and fluids. Target the issues right at the source instead of taking something to mask them. Massage therapy specializes in the upkeep of the central nervous and immune systems. When these are working at their best, the body is unstoppable, and virus and illness don’t stand a chance.

The immune system is named as such because it is comprised of a number of different things within the body, working together to help fight off unwanted bacteria from entering the body. For it to function well, it requires harmony and balance. Massages help to increase your chances of staying healthy all year round.

Massage therapy is a holistic approach to healing that specifically addresses problem areas, and also treats the body as a whole. The benefits of massage are so much more than meets the eye. Not only do muscles and joints get a much needed reprieve, but the body is then able to function better, helping you to feel better and stay healthier and stronger.

According to a study reported by the New York Times, a single session of Swedish massage is able to produce measurable biological changes. Through just one 45 minute Swedish massage, the body can experience decreased levels of cortisol. Lowering the amount of stress hormone in the body can help rid the body of major causes of illness and disease. Massages also bring decreased levels of arginine vasopressin, a hormone that can increase cortisol production, and increased numbers of lymphocytes, which are white blood cells that fight off infection. Massage also enhances the body’s blood circulation.  Taking the time to treat yourself to a massage can make all the difference in your overall health. 

Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.

 

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