Five reasons you need a massage

Are you achy or having trouble sleeping? The benefits of massage go beyond feelings of relaxation and wellness.

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The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society now include massage as one of their recommendations for treating low back pain.

And a study into the effectiveness of both relaxation and structural massage and other care on lower back pain found that a 10-week massage treatment reduced pain more than medications and exercises – and the effects lasted for six months.

A regular rub-down can also help headaches, according to the Touch Research Institute, reducing the pain and frequency of a migraine, and another study finding tension headaches could be alleviated by a 30-minute massage.

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If you have severe back pain, it is advisable to be checked by medical personnel before beginning massage therapy.