Most people think of massage therapy as a way to treat themselves to something nice...but therapeutic massage offers SO MUCH MORE than that. Below are just 9 of the many benefits of massage therapy:
1. Relaxes Muscles:
Massage therapy helps the muscle fibers to relax, which can often get to the root cause of many different types of chronic pain. It also alleviates tension from our day-to-day activities, such as tension in the neck and shoulders from working at a computer, or tight hamstrings and quads from running or walking.
2. Improves Range of Motion and Flexibility:
Range of motion and flexibility tend to decrease with age, and also following certain injuries or repetitive strains. By working the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and ligaments), a trained massage therapist can actually increase joint mobility and restore greater range of motion.
3. Improves Circulation:
Pressure created during a massage actually helps to move blood and lymph through stuck areas in the body. In this way, massage therapy can improve poor circulation, which can lead to symptoms such as varicose veins, swelling in the feet and ankles, or cold extremities.
4. Promotes Deeper Breathing:
Massage therapy helps to loosen the muscles around the ribcage and throat, which can become constricted with stress or certain respiratory dysfunctions. In this way, regular massage therapy treatments can be a supportive therapy for a number of respiratory conditions, or can help alleviate the shallow breathing frequently caused by stress.
5. Reduces Pain:
Studies have shown that massage therapy can be helpful in treating any number of complex pain conditions, including headaches and migraines, Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Nerve pain, Sports injuries, and TMJ (jaw) pain.
6. Improves Rehabilitation after injury or surgery:
Massage therapy can quicken the healing process in conjunction with other rehabilitation techniques, following injury or surgery. Massage helps improve circulation, bringing vital nutrients to the organs and tissues. It can also help alleviate post-injury or post-surgical pain.
7. Strengthens the Immune System:
Massage therapy is known to reduce stress levels, and increased stress hormones in the body are closely linked to suppression of the immune system. Studies have shown that regular massage can decrease these stress hormones, as well as circulate lymph, which helps the body to expel pathogens.
8. Lowers Blood Pressure:
Clinical studies have shown that massage therapy may reduce hypertension (high blood pressure) and associated symptoms. Benefits of lower blood pressure include lowered perceived levels of stress, lower levels of anxiety and hostility, and lower risk of cardiac events.
9. Reduces Stress Levels:
Massage is excellent at reducing stress levels, as mentioned above. It can leave you feeling more relaxed, less tense, and less frustrated. Regular sessions can also help to prevent some of the long-term health consequences of long-term stress.
It is important, in order to receive these benefits, to receive massage from a licensed massage therapist who has graduated from a recognized massage school. You should also ask if the massage therapist offers therapeutic massage, which means massage focused on addressing a problem or issue. For appointments at our clinic, you can book your own massage therapy appointments here.