A new study from the National Institute of Health reports that massage therapy may have immediate benefits on pain and mood among patients with advanced cancer.
Researchers think massage may interrupt the cycle of distress, offering brief physical and psychological benefits.
Physically, massage may decrease inflammation and edema, increase blood and lymphatic circulation and relax muscle spasms.
Psychologically, massage may promote relaxation, release endorphins and create a positive experience that distracts temporarily from pain and depression.
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