Massage therapy can help alleviate problems with sleeping. Sleep is one of the top factors in regulating pain. Sleep deprivation can lead to more painful symptoms.
Massage therapy can help create better sleep by helping to relax the nervous system and calm people down.
The American Massage Therapy Association’s Position Paper on massage for sleep provides more details and research.
Initial search for research on Massage and Sleep Disorders:
Effects of massage therapy on sleep quality after coronary artery bypass graft surgery.
Parkinson’s disease symptoms are differentially affected by massage therapy vs. progressive muscle relaxation: a pilot study
Randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of using foot reflexology to improve quality of sleep amongst Taiwanese postpartum women.