With all the snow(!) and weather changes happening here in Charleston SC, we have noticed that a lot of our patients are feeling as though their immune system has been compromised. With cold and flu season right around the corner we have been getting a lot of questions about whether or not massage therapy is beneficial for boosting immunity. A massage is a great way to help support immunity, particularly during the cold and flu season, as research shows that “patients with compromised immune systems have found massage therapy can improve how the immune system functions,” notes the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). “Those same benefits can translate to people seeking to fight off the common cold, flu and other seasonal illnesses.”
Clinical studies and research have found that while massage does help alleviate stress and mental strain, it also naturally increases the immune system as well. Below are a few reasons why massage therapy helps boost the immune system.
Immune System Boost – Stress and Hormone Levels
No one likes stress. It’s not good for our mental health and as it turns out it is not good for our physical health either. People who have higher levels of stress tend to get sick more often than those who have lower or well-managed stress. Combine that with the chaos of the holidays and the colder weather, and we have a recipe for a slew of compromised immune systems.
Immune System Boost- Increase in Lymphocytes and Natural Killer Cells
In a study done by the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, researchers discovered that those individuals who received a 45-minute massage had an increased number of lymphocytes after the massage. Scientists are finding that massage therapy is increasing the activity level of the body’s white blood cells which shows massages can do much more for our physical health than we ever thought possible. These findings demonstrate that massage therapy is extremely beneficial in revamping and revitalizing the offensive, disease-fighting cells of the body.
Let Us Help You!
Even just one single massage treatment could help boost your immune system. Additionally, massage therapy may be a great addition to your wellness routine. Just like proper nutrition and regular exercise can keep your muscles strong and mind sharp, regular massage can keep your immune system heightened. To make an appointment or for any questions please contact our Mount Pleasant Chiropractic office at 843-416-8012.