Benefits of Massage
Massage has been shown to:
• Decrease stress.
• Increase blood circulation to the body and the organs.
• Help decrease blood pressure due to hypertension.
• Promote circulation and reduce swelling of the lymph glands.
• Reduce ischemia.
• Release muscle tightness.
• Improve joint range of motion and flexibility.
• Help stimulate weak muscles due to atrophy.
• Reduce trigger point formation.
• Release endorphins.
• Diminish aches and pains.
• Reduce migraine/headache tension
• Reduce cramping and spasms due to menstrual symptoms.
• Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
• Increase dopamine and serotonin levels to help you sleep better.
• Release endorphins and amino acids to create natural pain killers.
• Increase energy levels and improve concentration.
Reduces anxiety and depression associated with:
• Anorexia and bulimia
• Job related and post traumatic stress disorder
• Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Cardiovascular Disease (previous heart attacks)
• Loss associated with a loved ones death
Continued medical benefits of massage therapy:
• Promoting tissue regeneration helping to reduce stretch marks and scar tissue formation.
• Easing medication dependence.
• Exercise to stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
• Helping to reduce erratic behavior with Autistic children.
• Rehabilitation after injury or surgery.
• Strengthening the immune system.
• Improving posture and helping with musculoskeletal problems.
• Helping patients recover from surgery faster.
• Improving overall pulmonary functions. Reducing heart, adrenal fight or flight response levels.
Your massage therapist may find abnormalities such as cyst, tumors or bruising while working on your body. The therapist can bring this to your attention so that you can make an informed choice to see your doctor on the issues.
As you have read there are many benefits to massage therapy. Massage is simply not a luxury but a necessity to your health regiment. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly a rewarding investment in your health and well-being. Consider massage therapy as a vital piece of the puzzle for your long-term health plan.
Massage therapy is not a substitution for medical treatment. The massage therapist cannot diagnose, treat or prevent disease. The therapist can only recommend products and services. Please consult a medical physician.