Effects of Massage on Asthma

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Our text tells us that asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disorder caused by airway sensitivity to various stimuli that can lead to airway obstruction. Massage, especially full-body massage, can help asthma sufferers by reducing their stress levels and loosen tight muscles. I have had numerous clients over the years who have benefited from massage. While massage does not cure this chronic disease, it has a direct effect on the well-being of the client. Many have chronic postural problems as well, associated with pain of the thoracic spine and intercostal neuralgia, which are greatly helped by relaxation massage.

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