How Massage Lowers Men’s Stress
No wonder a session with a massage therapist makes you feel more zen: Massage decreases production of the stress hormone cortisol. A study from the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine lends support to this and more. The research showed that not only did levels of cortisol drop after participants were treated to a 45-minute moderately intense massage either once or twice a week, but levels of oxytocin surged. Oxytocin is the so-called "love" hormone that promotes feelings of trust and connection.
Up to 80 percent of U.S. adults experience lower back pain — but that number could be significantly reduced if they gave massage a try. Research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that a weekly massage for 10 weeks relieved patients' lower back pain and improved functioning at least as effectively as medication and exercise. The upside is that massage has no side effects, unlike meds. Massage also didn't lead to more pain, which can sometimes happen when you try to exercise back problems away. Plus, the effects lasted three months after the study ended
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