The Benefits Of Massage
What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage therapy treatments?
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease NSAID medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression, anxiety, and insomnia.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce post-surgery adhesion’s and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
- Relieve headaches and jaw pain.
- Reverse the signs of aging.
- Many more…
Massage for improving daily life
There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (chronic illness, stress relief, pain management, etc.), massage therapy can be a powerful asset in your healthcare regimen.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related and perhaps nothing ages us faster both internally and externally than high stress. Massage can help manage stress. This translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
Furthermore, patients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. This aspect of bodywork can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.
In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:
- Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
- Asthmatics show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
- High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
- Better cortisol handling resulting in less fatigue and insomnia.
- Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
- Athletes have less injuries, greater range of motion, and are more productive on the field.
- Better outcomes after surgical repair.
- Decrease in wide spread pain from syndromes such as Fibromyalgia or Myofascial Pain Syndrome.
- Many more…
Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch— from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, injuries and pain management, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles.
Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits
Getting a massage can certainly do you a world of good and getting massage done frequently can do even more. Regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. Remember just because massage feels like a pampering treat it doesn’t mean that it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.