I stumbled upon this yesterday. It’s a very quick read. They studied the immediate effects of both Swedish and light massage. They tested blood right before and right after and found significant changes. The important stuff:
“Volunteers who received Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol in blood and saliva, and in arginine vasopressin, a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. They also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system.
Volunteers who had the light massage experienced greater increases in oxytocin, a hormone associated with contentment, than the Swedish massage group, and bigger decreases in adrenal corticotropin hormone, which stimulates the adrenal glands to release cortisol.”
Important hormones in the natural treatment of pain. If you have RSD, ask your dr and just make sure you stay within your limits. Last night i stepped outside of mine and will pay for it for the day. But i will bounce back fine.