In the News: Massage Therapy May Boost Immune System to Combat Cold, Flu

A growing body of research indicates massage therapy can benefit the immune system to help prevent cold and flu during winter months

People looking to fend off cold and flu as the winter months arrive should speak to a massage therapist about prevention strategies, as seen in Yahoo!, Reuters and the American Medical Association Alliance. Regular massages have been shown to make the immune system stronger, according to studies.

“Researchers working with patients with compromised immune systems have found massage therapy can improve how the immune system functions,” said Jeff Smoot, President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). “Those same benefits translate to people seeking to fight off the common cold, flu and other seasonal illnesses.”

Massage therapy increases the activity level of the body’s white blood cells that work to combat viruses. According to research from Cedars-Sinai, participants in a Swedish massage group experienced significant changes in lymphocytes, which play a large role in defending the body from disease. A lymphocyte is one of the three subtypes of white blood cells in the immune system.

You should only receive massage therapy when you're healthyIf you don't feel well, reschedule your massage appointment and consult a doctor.

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