New Research on Massage Benefits

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Treating Burns

Massage can actually play a role in burn therapy. Rehabilitative massage therapy helps improve pain, itching and scar characteristics in hypertrophic burns scars, says a Korean study published this year. Subjects with hypertrophic (swollen, puffy, reddened) scars were divided into two groups, both receiving standard therapy and one receiving massage in addition. While the appearance of the scar and the itching decreased in both groups, the massage group showed a significant decrease in scar thickness, melanin, redness and transepidermal water loss. The massage group also showed reduction in the scars’ distension.