Monday, 20 July 2009

Massage Increases Life Expectancy

While browsing the internet I came across a press release from Medical Massage Care reporting that Therapeutic Massage has been proven to increase life expectancy.
“An actuarial analysis performed by Medical Massage Care indicates that therapeutic massage tends to increase life expectancy. There is a positive correlation between the number of massage therapists per 1,000 residents of a state and the life expectancy for that state.”
This study was carried out in the United States and shows that as the number of massage therapists per resident increases, the life expectancy tends to increase too. Hawaii came out on top! It would be interesting to see what the statistics are like for the United Kingdom and the regions within it.

It mentions that
“massage increases life expectancy as a result of the positive physiological effects of soft tissue manipulation.”
This soft tissue manipulation increases the circulation of blood and lymph around the body helping to rid the body of waste products and delivers much needed oxygen and nutrients to every living cell. This helps the body speed up healing and tissue repair enabling our body to recover from injury and illness quicker; regulates blood pressure; and most importantly reduces stress, tension, and anxiety. It is well known that people suffering with long-term stress are at a higher risk of having a heart attack so taking steps to lower stress levels, such as having regular massage, is very advantageous and can help lower this risk.

Check out the full press release - Therapeutic Massage Proven to Increase Life Expectancy, Based on Actuarial Study by Medical Massage Care

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