The WSJ has a great article on the tangible benefits of massage therapy. Some of the benefits include:
improved immune function with women with breast cancer
Improves the symptoms with asthma in children
Increased grip strength in individuals with carpal tunnel
Improves weight gain in premature babies
Reduced lower back pain
"There is emerging evidence that [massage] can make contributions in treating things like pain, where conventional medicine doesn't have all the answers," said Jack Killen, NCCAM's deputy director.
Here''s the link to the arrival for more information.