Combat Cold/Flu season with Massage Therapy

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by Shari´ Parks

It’s here! Cold and flu season is like never before, so the new reports. Studies show massage therapy can boost your immune system. The theory is that deep massage strokes push lymph fluid more quickly through the network of vessels that deliver it throughout the body. Since lymph fluid carries immune cells, massage gives those cells more opportunities to seek out and neutralize disease-mongering invaders.

However, by no means am I suggesting you get a massage while the virus is swarming in your system. Quite the opposite. For the benefit of you and your massage therapist, it’s best to re-schedule your appointment when you do have a cold or the flu. For one thing, touch may not feel good. For another thing, you may be contagious, especially in the first stages of a cold or flu. Also, because massage impacts the circulation system it can actually increase the spread of infection in your body. One of the best immune supports may truly be resting and drinking plenty of liquids.

So, bottom line continue to get your regular massage therapy services to help boost your already strong immune system. Once your system is compromised, please re-schedule your session until you are well. Your therapist will thank you!

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