Massage can dilate blood vessels, raise skin temperature and relax the mind and body. It can also reduce lactic acid levels in aching muscles, stimulate healing of connective tissues and increase lymphatic and blood circulation.

Massage may also create mood-boosting endorphins that offer a competing sensation, or may even block pain, the study said.

One problem is that nurses in modern-day hospitals rarely have time to give massages, it said.



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