You will be hard pressed to find someone who can’t come up with some great benefits for the relaxation and “feel-good” experienced during a massage session. Sometimes it is less clear to people the regular benefits to health and well being that people experience after the session is over. There are too many to list here, but these are some of the top reasons to make massage a regular element of your approach to personal health and well being.
- Improved Immune and endocrine systems: An extensive Study as reported in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine showed that after just one Swedish massage session, adults showed improvements in their endocrine and immune systems.
- Anxiety: Research has shown massage to reduce anxiety in psychiatric patients, cancer patients, bone marrow transplant recipients, stroke patients, burn victims, fibromyalgia sufferers, women in labor and many more. Anxiety plays a critical factor in these illnesses and when reduced as a result of massage therapy, patients have reported improved symptoms.
- Sports injuries and performance: Pro and college teams utilize massage therapy not only to treat sports injuries, but to enhance sports performance and as an approach to help athletes recover from intense training sessions and to prepare for competition. Massage stimulates the blood flow to the injured body part as well as increases flexibility and helps encourage healing.
- Digestive disorders: Massage is known to reduce the pain and discomfort related to irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, Crohn’s disease and chronic constipation. As the massage therapist applies gentle external pressure to the abdomen, the digestive tract can be stimulated to move which reduces pain, cramping, and bloating.
- Fibromyalgia: Up to 75% of fibromyalgia patients have reported relief and improvement to their quality of life, decreased depression, improved sleep, decreased cortisol levels, fatigue, and more. Massage pressure and strokes stimulate circulation as the therapist works with the muscles to encourage blood flow back to the heart.
- Insomnia: Heather Wibbels, LMT has been working with massage patients teaching acupressure for relief of insomnia since 2003. Practicing these tips can help prepare for a good night of sleep.
- Headaches: Vascular and muscle tension headaches result from swelling and constricted blood vessels. Massage can relax the tense muscles and reduce the pressure on cranial nerves.
Other ailments such as myofascial pain, nerve pain, soft tissue strains and joint pain have also shown marked improvement in symptoms when treated with massage therapy. Now you know what you have always known: massage not only feels good, but it is very good for you. Call us and schedule a massage today!