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Massage therapy can help to decrease pain and muscle aches, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote overall wellness and relaxation.

Are massages beneficial for allergy treatment?

Diana Sponsler (Syracuse, NY) on Jan 8, 2013
Most massage helps improve the entire body's function, including the immune system. Since allergies are typically over-active immune systems over-responding to minimal threats, improving the system can help reduce allergies. My own allergic miseries were greatly reduced by CranioSacral therapy, which allowed my sinuses to drain more efficiently, preventing backup and multiple debilitating infections every year.
Catherine Schneider (Toledo, OH) on Jan 7, 2013
I have found CranioSacral to be VERY helpful in relieving sinus pressure resulting from allergies. To prevent the allergies themselves, consult the EAT RIGHT FOR YOUR TYPE books. (Many allergies seem to be exacerbated by food sensitivies to dairy and grain.)
Nicole Keane (Anchorage, AK) on Jan 6, 2013
Acupressure may be able to help alleviate symptoms related to allergies. Try Kenisiology/ muscle testing. There are some skilled Chiropractors and Naturopaths that do this work. Not everyone believes it works, but if you've tried conventional approaches and they haven't worked, you should at least try this. I have seen some really amazing results.
Theodore Schiff (Northampton, MA) on Jan 6, 2013
Massage is absolutely beneficial for allergy treatment. Massage promotes metabolism, i.e. the process of digestion and the elimination of waste from the body. That said, craniosacral work would probably be most beneficial, because it largely deals with the head, sinus cavities and central nervous system.
Karen Orlosky (Lafayette, CO) on Jan 6, 2013
Massage as well as chiropractic adjustments are known to help improve auto immune responses of the human body. This may improve/alleviate allergy symptoms.
Paula Reeder (Katy, TX) on Jan 6, 2013
Massages will definitely boost your immune system. They may, in turn, help with your allergies.
Nancy Web (Pawtucket, RI) on Jan 6, 2013
Shiatsu, which is based on eastern medicine, is a good treatment for many allergies. It is massage like and consists of strokes, compression/palm and finger pressure, stretching and rotations. It is done over clothes. It has the same effect as acupuncture without the needles. The meridians and acupoints are accessed as well as muscles, fascia and circulatory system. It increases circulation, strengthens the adrenals and immune system, naturally realigns structure and releases muscle tension and promotes balance throughout the body/mind. I also have personal experience with how it works on allergies. Most of my life I suffered from allergies. (pollen, dust, mold and some foods) When I was studying Shiatsu all my symptoms dissipated and except for severe exposure to dust or mold I have been symptom free for 18 years.
Carol Stuhmer (Miami, FL) on Jan 6, 2013
Basically NO. However if you are stuffy, you may find some relief with sinus pressure with Cranio Sacral Therapy. If you are looking for help with your Allergies, get the appropriate treatment. Try a Doctor of Oriental Medicine - if you're in the Miami area, I highly recommend Dr. Isali Ben-Jacob. My personal story: I had allergy shots for more than 25 years - not much change, but they did allow me to breath. 6 months of treatment with Dr Ben-Jacob and I was 80% better, continued treatment for some time more. I'm at least 90% better...I still have reactions about 2x a year when the winds blow-up, spring and fall. But what used to be a good day in the past is now what my bad days are.....Incredible difference. By the way, I also don't get colds and sore throats or the flu with the same frequency. now maybe once a year or so I actually have an issue with some type of cold, vs several times a year. My immune system has also improved through treatment. I'm very fortunate to have found Dr Ben-Jacob, in 1995, he is still my Doctor. I only take herbs he mixes for whatever my needs and homeopathatics. I have not taken so much as an aspirin since 1995 and refuse all prescriptive and over the counter meds. If I need something, the doctor gives me the right "potion".
Vicki Mah (Sacramento, CA) on Jan 6, 2013
Yrs, they can be effective, especially with energetic work
Brian Skow (Scottsdale, AZ) on Jan 6, 2013
Asian Bodywork Therapy is effective in treating allergies. Find a qualified practitioner here -
Herman Crespo (Miami, FL) on Dec 23, 2012
bacis manual therapy like swedish, i dont think so, but depent of the modalitis that the therapist is using for example it may help, if he/she is using essential oil, shiatsu, quantum acupunture, reiki, ayurveda, stomach massage, and more however i would advice to consult a naturopathic doctor or a nutritionist and consider the possibility to change you diet first and eat foot to increace your white blood cells, and clean your colon 2 times a year thank you for your question Herman Crespo LMT and Ayurveda Advisor
Marguerite Wright (Dixmoor, IL) on Dec 14, 2012
Aromatherapy can help a person with allergies with special essential oils that can be used on the body and the client can inhale during their session. I can recommend the best oils for individual clients.
Luis Rivera (Marietta, IL) on Dec 11, 2012
There are many styles of massages that help you move the lymph and or stimulate pressure points in the body that can help the symptoms of allergies. Craniosacral, Acupressure, and Lymphatic drainage to name a few are very beneficial to those who suffer with allergies.
Richard Bartlett (Lansing, MI) on Dec 11, 2012
To be honest, I have not heard that claim made before. Massage is good for treating many conditions, but allergies are not among them. However, if you have sinus congestion, a firm facial or scalp massage may help to clear the sinuses. If you have asthma, and you are feeling tightness in your chest, it may help to have someone massage the accessory breathing muscles, such as levator scapula and scalenes in the neck, and the intercostals that lie between the ribs. These muscles can become overworked and tense in people with chronic asthma. Good luck finding a treatment that works! Rich
Mariama Sinclair (Windemere, FL) on Dec 1, 2012
Massage helps remove toxins out of your body and builds up your immune system.Cranial Therapy is especially good for sinus headaches as it releases tension.