Interesting facts about massage.....
NICE recommends manual therapy, including massage, in its guidelines for the treatment of persistent, non-specific low back pain
Clinical Guidelines, CG88, May 2009
"High Blood Pressure and associated symptoms are reduced by massage therapy"
Hernandez-Reif, Field, Krasnegor, Hossain, Theakston & Burman (2000). Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, 4, 31-38
"Lower back pain is reduced and range of motion increased after massage therapy"
Hernandez-Reif, Field, Krasnegor & Theakston (2001). International Journal of Neuroscience, 106, 131-145
"Therapeutic massage of the neck and shoulders increases cervical range of motion in all directions"
Sefton, Yarar, Carpenter, Berry. Manual Therapy Oct 2011: 16(5), 487-494
"Massage eases symptoms of tension headaches"
Torro-Velasco, Arroyo-Morales, Fernandez-de-las-Penas, Cleland, Berrero-Hernandez. Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics, Sept 2009, 32(7):527-535
"Hand arthritis pain is reduced and grip strength increased by massage therapy"
Field, Diego, Hernandez-Reif, Shea. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (2007) 11, 21-24
"Massage Therapy increases cell repair and reduces inflammation after exercise-induced muscle damage"
Crane, Ogborn, Cupido, Melov, Hubbard, Bourgeios, Tarnopolsky, Science Translational Medicine 4, 119ra13 (2012)