Massage can help cut down on migraines.Pixland/Thinkstock
If you’re frequently tortured by migraine pain, you might consider a massage. Researchers at the University of Auckland found that those who suffered from debilitating headaches reported fewer migraines and more restful sleep after receiving massage therapy for several weeks. The American Massage Therapy Association has a handy tool to help find an MT near you.
Massage can help reduce pain from exercise.Photodisc/Thinkstock
Research indicates that massage therapy can reduce inflammation of skeletal muscle damaged through exercise. A study by the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and McMaster University in Ontario, Canada found evidence that massage therapy may provide relief from inflammation (which is often the reason behind post-workout aches and pains), similar to how anti-inflammatory medication helps swelling go down.