It may not be cold outside during this beautiful warm winter we’re having in Santa Barbara but the flu is still upon us. Kids and adults are getting the flu and it seems that the flu bug lasts far beyond the “24 hours” people typically associate with a flu illness.
What can you do to try to avoid getting the flu or a winter cold? Most of us are aware that keeping our hands clean, avoiding close contact with sick people, and practicing good health habits can help prevent the flu from entering our homes. While all of this helps to spread germs, it does not necessarily boost your immune system. What can boost your immune system is a massage. Massage therapy encourages an increase in the activity level of the body’s natural “killer T cells” which fight off viruses. Massage also improves circulation and better circulation promotes body warmth, healthier blood pressure levels, and an increased flow of oxygen throughout the body. Please note that the best time to reap the benefits of a massage is when you are healthy. Receiving a massage treatment while you are sick may actually spread the infection and exacerbate symptoms.