- Pain relief: Relief from pain due to musculoskeletal injuries and other causes is cited as a major benefit of massage. Acupressure or pressure point massage may be more beneficial than classic Swedish massage in relieving back pain. However, a meta-study conducted by scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign failed to find a statistically significant reduction in pain immediately following treatment.
- State anxiety: …shown to reduce state anxiety, a transient measure of anxiety in a given situation.
- Blood pressure and heart rate: …shown to temporarily reduce blood pressure and heart rate.
- Pain relief: When combined with education and exercises, massage might help sub-acute, chronic, non-specific low back pain. Furthermore… shown to reduce pain experienced in the days or weeks after treatment.
- Trait anxiety: … shown to reduce trait anxiety; a person’s general susceptibility to anxiety.
- Depression: … shown to reduce subclinical depression.
Massage has been shown to reduce neuromuscular excitability by measuring changes in the Hoffman’s reflex (H-reflex) amplitude. A decrease in peak-to-peak H-reflex amplitude suggests a decrease in motoneuron excitability. Others explain, “H-reflex is considered to be the electrical analogue of the stretch reflex…and the reduction” is due to a decrease in spinal reflex excitability. Field (2007) confirms that the inhibitory effects are due to deep tissue receptors and not superficial cutaneous receptors, as there was no decrease in H-reflex ….
Notes from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massage