Can a Massage Boost your Immune System?
A recent study from the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine divided people into two groups, one was given the most popular type of massage, a Swedish massage, whereas the other was given a light touch massage. Researchers took blood samples at intervals before and after both massages, the results were significant.
Never has there been a study to prove health benefits of massage apart from stress relief and relaxation but this study revealed the several physiological benefits of massage. Participant’s blood composition experienced an increase in lymphocytes by those who received the Swedish massage for 45 minutes. Lymphocytes are white cells in the body that help fight disease. In addition, the massage also lowered their cortisol levels (the hormone released in response to stress) and arginine vasopressin levels (a hormone linked with aggressive behavior).
So in addition to treating back pain, sleep disorders and lowering stress levels, keep in mind the benefits of a massage on your health. With another reason to pamper yourself,
The Structure of the Immune System
Organs of the Immune System
The lymph node contains numerous specialized structures. T cells concentrate in the paracortex, B cells in and around the germinal centers, and plasma cells in the medulla.
Immune cells and foreign particles enter the lymph nodes via incoming lymphatic vessels or the lymph nodes’ tiny blood vessels.