Our clients routinely ask about the physiological effects and benefits of massage therapy. So to oblige their requests, we’ve put together a brief description for them.
Massage Therapy has many benefits. Some of the most common include:
- Alleviate low back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as aid in upper and lower extremity pain
- Improve range of motion around major joints in the muscular-skeletal system
- For athletes it can aid in quicker recovery as well as help prepare for arduous workouts
- Can help decrease stress, depression and anxiety
- Increase and promote tissue regeneration, including scar tissue and stretch marks
- Reduces muscle spasms and muscle cramping
- Improves circulatory response by pumping oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs
- Relaxes injured, fatigued and overused muscles
- Triggers endorphin response-endorphins are amino acids that our bodies produce to act as natural painkillers
- Relieve headache pain, both tension and migraine
While often thought of as a luxurious or pampering procedure, massage therapy can be a powerful tool in your personal healthcare routine. Debates will argue over how large a percentage stress can play in disease. Stress can age us faster both internally and externally. While it may be too bold a statement to say that massage can eliminate stress and anxiety altogether in today’s society, it can without a doubt, provide relief of it.
After their massage, many clients will report they have:
- Better energy
- Improved concentration
- Decreased fatigue
- Improved sleep
- Increased circulation
Many clients also report an increased awareness, as well as a sense of calm and clarity. Massage therapy can also provide an emotional balance in addition to its many physiological benefits.
Massage therapy can be used for treating chronic disease, neurological disorders, injuries and various stresses and tensions in today’s world. Research shows the enormous benefits touch can have on the human body. As a result of this, the medical community is now more actively willing to embrace bodywork as part of their patients’ daily wellness care plan. In fact, many hospitals now have on-site massage therapists to provide the service to post-operative patients as part of the recovery process.
Many people also ask about the frequency they should be getting massage. Take the time to talk with your provider about what kind of schedule will work for you, and take into account your work, family, and financial commitments as well. Just because massage therapy feels like a pampering or luxurious treat, does not mean it is any less important to aid in supporting your healthy lifestyle.