Research has documented the use of massage therapy as an effective tool for pain management. It is one of the complementary and integrative medicine therapies most often prescribed by physicians, and it is noted to be the most likely to be beneficial and the least likely to be harmful. Therapeutic massage is the manipulation of the soft tissue of whole body areas to bring about generalized improvements in health, such as relaxation or improved sleep, or specific physical benefits, such as relief of muscular aches and pains.

Massage therapy can produce a relaxation response that creates a calm state and enhances the ability to rest, qualities that are essential for healing to occur. The most significant areas of impact reported being overall pain level, emotional well-being, relaxation, ability to sleep, relief from muscle tension, and increased feelings of well-being and calm.

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