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What are the benefits of massage therapy?

Massage can be used for relaxation or for therapeutic effects. Massage can help increase blood flow, decrease pain and reduce swelling.

This answer provided for NATA by the Washington State University Athletic Training Education Program.

Besides helping physically with postoperative care, evidence shows that massage can help psychologically.

Anxiety, stress and tension all take a toll on the body, so it seems logical that relaxation treatments, such as massage, might aid in recovery.

When a body is tense, it tends to feel more pain. Perhaps that is why some recommend that you exhale when you are tearing a Band-Aid away from a wound.

Studies suggest that patients who receive a daily foot or back massage tend to experience less pain than others who are not massaged.

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