The Many Benefits of Massage Therapy
There are many benefits of massage therapy. Each culture around the world has their unique take on this ancient healing art. Now Western science has begun to confirm why people the world over love this form of therapy.
Relaxation and Stress Relief
Many people use massage as a vehicle for relaxation…and for good reason. It has been proven to decrease stress hormones such as cortisol, while enhancing feel good endorphins. This leaves recipients with a sense of well being. Most people leave their treatment feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of their day.
Regular massage has been clinically proven to assist people suffering from anxiety and depression. As mentioned above, massage alters one’s brain chemistry by decreasing stress hormones and releasing endorphins. These effects can be particularly beneficial for those suffering anxiety or depression.
If you are suffering from anxiety or depression it is always recommended to continue with other therapies (counseling, medications, etc.). Mental health issues need a doctor’s intervention, but massage is a great compliment to the medical approach.
Manual therapy alleviates pain in muscles and joints. This occurs by decreasing inflammation, interrupting pain signals to the brain and by releasing ‘feel good’ endorphins.
Many people turn to massage therapy as a natural pain management strategy. It can be used in conjunction with other pain management tools (for example medications), or as a stand alone tool.
After a series of treatments, clients will often notice their posture is improved. Muscles resulting in poor posture are addressed during your therapy treatment. Once postural balance is restored, movement patterns often benefit and the joint experiences less strain.
Manual therapy is an excellent way to rehabilitate injuries. Muscular restrictions, compensation patterns and faulty posture can all be addressed. This leads to more mobility and faster healing times.
Some Other Massage Therapy Benefits Include:
- It is natural and does not rely on drugs for its effect
- It temporarily increases circulation to muscles and surrounding tissues thus enhancing tissue health
- It can activate the lymphatic system and decrease inflammation
- A recent study has shown that even one treatment can help boost immune function
- A recent study has shown massage helps aid recovery after strenuous physical activity
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- – Last updated Feb. 23, 2016