Every year, up to 20 percent of the U.S. population gets the influenza virus, and this leads to approximately 200,000 hospitalizations. The flu shot is credited with dramatically reducing the risk of developing this illness, but it not a magic cure, nor does it work for everyone. With this in mind, it is important to take other proactive steps to help yourself stay well during the flu and cold season.
As of the October 17 CDC Influenza Weekly Report, confirmed reports of the flu were still in the minimal stage in Michigan. However, the number of people seeking medical assistance for flu and cold related symptoms is rising every week.
If you are planning to get a flu shot, now is the time to do so. You will also want to start washing your hands even more frequently than usual, and be sure to avoid spending time with people who are sick. Additionally, getting a weekly massage can help boost your immune system, which will make you less susceptible to cold and flu germs.
According to a study in “The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine,” a single massage is able to produce measurable biologic benefits. Receiving a massage weekly can offer your immune system a much-needed boost, and this is important for fighting off the flu. Individuals with an autoimmune or inflammatory condition may also experience positive results from regular massages.
Massage has been medically proven to reduce the amount of cortisol, better known as the stress hormone, within the human body. High levels of stress are very taxing on the immune system, and this means that making time for massages and relaxing activities should be part of your overall health and wellness plan.
Please note that if you do get the flu, it is not a good idea to keep your scheduled massage appointment. Instead, you should ask your massage therapist to reschedule your appointment after you get better. This will allow your system to heal, and it will also help avoid spreading your illness to numerous other people.
You can schedule massages online to give your body the immune system boost that it needs to help you more effectively fight off colds and the flu. Anne L. Nader is an award-winning massage therapist in Novi, MI, and her signature wellness massages, reflexology and hot stone massages are all designed to help you attain your wellness goals.