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Massage Therapy

An overview of massage therapy

Massage treatment has a small body of scientific data. Scientists aren’t sure what happens in the body during the massage if it affects health. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is funding research to find answers to these issues and determine the best uses for massage.

If massage treatment is administered properly and by a competent massage practitioner, it poses a few major dangers.

Inform your doctors about any supplementary and alternative therapies you utilise. Please give them a complete picture of how you handle your health. This will make it easier to provide coordinated and safe care.

What is massage therapy’s background?

Massage therapy has a long and illustrious history. Massage is mentioned in ancient Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Arabic, Egyptian, Greek (Hippocrates described medicine as “the art of rubbing”), and Roman sources.

During the Renaissance, massage became popular throughout Europe. Massage therapy was brought to the United States in the 1850s by two American physicians who had studied in Sweden. It quickly became popular and was pushed for several health reasons. Massage fell out of popularity in the United States throughout the 1930s and 1940s as medical therapy progressed scientifically and technologically. Massage became popular again in the 1970s, especially among athletes.

What are the advantages of massage treatment in terms of health?

According to the 2007 National Health Interview Study, which included a thorough survey of Americans’ use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), an estimated 18 million adults and 700,000 children in the United States had had massage treatment in the preceding year.

Massage is used for health-related goals, including pain relief, sports injury rehabilitation, stress reduction, relaxation, anxiety and depression treatment, and overall wellness.