Massage for later life. Part two of our series highlights the final three reasons how massage could benefit you as you get older.
Relieve chronic and arthritic pain
Massage therapy has been demonstrated to help treat musculoskeletal chronic pain, particularly in the lower back, and may be a useful approach for ongoing, short term pain relief.
Massage isn’t ever going to cure arthritis, but it helps to relieve the burning conditions. Focusing on increased blood flow to the joints and warming affected areas has proven benefits in pain relief for those suffering from arthritis.
Massage is an effective, healthy and substance free choice to help the scores of people who have insomnia. Insomnia is often associated with a lack of serotonin, which plays a role in mood, behavior, body temperature, physical coordination, appetite and sleep.
Serotonin is also needed for our bodies to produce melatonin, which influences the sleep stage of our circadian rhythm. Circadian cycles are the internal periodic rhythms that profoundly affect sleep and wakefulness. So in other words – massage equals more serotonin, which equals more melatonin, which can equal more sleep!
Anxiety reduction is one of the most well-established effects of massage therapy with evidence for this crossing multiple presenting conditions and populations. A number of studies also show that massage therapy increases oxytocin and dopamine, which may be one of the mechanisms by which it mediates anxiety.
What else could it help with?
There is evidence to suggest that massage is also beneficial in alleviating the symptoms associated with conditions including osteoarthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and assist with managing pain and anxiety in patients undergoing cancer treatment.
Can massage do me any harm?
As a general rule, there is little data to suggest that massage is harmful, but there are some specific situations where it is not recommended. For example, massaging an inflamed area of skin can make it worse by causing irritation. One should also not have massage to an area of infection, as it might spread the infection. Several other conditions, such as heart problems, infectious disease, phlebitis, and some skin conditions are other instances where massage is not recommended. 
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 Jennie C. I. Tsao, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 4, Issue 2, Pages 165-179, 2006. (https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2007/416030/abs/)