Massage as Remedy
The positive effects of massage are immediate!
That's because massage stimulates the release of 'Benedictineabbey' endorphins in the same way that exercise and chocolate do! Endorphins are amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
The list of physical benefits to the body and mind are well documented and researched:
- Lowers High blood pressure
- Decreases stress hormones in the body, relieving anxiety, depression and insomnia
- Reduces fatigue, improves concentration.
- Improves stiffness and flexibility of joints in arthritis sufferers
- Less severity and frequency of migraines and tension headaches
- Weak, tight, injured or overused muscles can be exercised and stretched.
- Effective in treating persistent back pain
- Spasm and cramping in muscles is alleviated due to improved blood circulation. Fresh blood, carrying oxygen and nutrients is pumped into muscles and waste products are squeezed out.
- Asthmatic children demonstrate improved lung function.
- Burn injury patients have reduced pain, itching and anxiety.
- Pre term infants have increased weight gain.
- Reduced aggression in adolescents and less hyperactivity in adolescents with ADHD.
- Greater alertness in autistic children.
- PMS sufferers note reduced water retention and tummy cramping.
- Cancer patients report less pain, fatigue, nausea and depression
- Strengthens immune system
Research sources include:
- Touch Therapy Institute at the University of Miami
- Journal of Neuroscience, 1996
- Cancer control, 2005
- Neonatal network, 2003
Medibank private website extracted from research article: The health of Australia’s workforce 2005
“As an employer who encourages employee health and well-being, you’ll not only stand out as an employer of choice, but it’s likely you’ll also have a positive impact on your organisation’s productivity”
Findings from workplace studies reviewed by Monash University suggest that companies that introduce workplace health programs enhance employee performance.
Research has found:
There are demonstrable economic benefits of health and safety activities as they help curb absenteeism and enhance productivity and efficiency.
Medibank private research article: Sick at work May 2007
“Reducing the impact of presenteeism can create healthy employees and improve your business’ bottom line."
In 2005-06, the cost of presenteeism to the Australian economy was estimated to be $25.7 billion
- On average, 6 working days of productivity are lost for each employee annually as a result of presenteeism
- The cost of presenteeism is nearly 4 times the cost of absenteeism
- Presenteeism is the loss of productivity that occurs when employees come to work, but aren’t fully functioning because of an illness or injury. When compared to absenteeism, presenteeism is considerably less visible in the workplace and harder to quantify.
- Research has shown that massage makes staff more focused, reporting clearer thinking!