As massage therapists and shiatsu practitioners have long known, massage has many benefits above and beyond simple relaxation. More and more medical professionals are recommending massage as a healthful alternative to pharmaceutical drugs, and are recognizing ways that massage can play a part in reversing and preventing numerous conditions.
Massage has long been associated with relief from muscle pain and stiffness, but hospitals are beginning to incorporate massage as a treatment for fibromyalgia, degenerative arthritis, and depression. It helps patients to regain muscle strength after hip and knee surgeries, and stress relief associated with massage may be an valuable treatment in preventing the most deadly disease in the U.S.: heart disease.
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