The Benefits of Massage
The many benefits of Massage
There is no denying the power of massage therapy in helping to combat stress. Plus it feels just great!
Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch – which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork. Massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat post surgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.
:: Massage for stress
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress levels. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage it.
A reduction in your stress levels can mean:
- Decreased anxiety
- Enhanced sleep quality
- Greater energy
- Improved concentration
- Increased circulation
- Reduced fatigue
Our clients often report a heightened sense of well-being and clarity after receiving a massage.
This type of “emotional balance” bodywork provides is often just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.
:: Massage for pain relief
Massage is often thought of as a luxury, but it can also be potent therapy for pain relief.
Massage can be very effective in the treatment of many acute pain conditions:
- Alleviating low-back pain and improving range of motion
- Reducing spasms and cramping
- Relaxing and softening injured, tired, and overused muscles
- Releasing endorphins – amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller
- Relieving headache and migraine pain
- Increasing joint flexibility
- Easing medication dependence
- Helping athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts
- Lessening depression and anxiety
- Pumping oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation
- Reducing post-surgery adhesions and swelling
In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects.
:: Massage for health concerns
For chronic pain suffers, massage can have the following benefits:
- Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain
- Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow
- Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety
- High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones
- Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping
- Preterm infants have improved weight gain
:: Invest in your health
Getting a massage can do you a world of good, and getting a massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of 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. And remember, just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments as a necessary part of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.
Source: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the National Institutes of Health. The Benefits of Massage www.nccam.nih.gov
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