The Many Health Benefits of Massage
ETMC Sep 27, 2017
Don’t get us wrong – we love the fact that massage is your go-to for when you want to pamper yourself. We’re thrilled to help you celebrate a birthday, anniversary, a job well done, or any other special occasion. However, we also know massage can be a medically beneficial practice that can aid in your mental and physical well-being. More than just a way to pamper yourself, massage has real health benefits that can help you experience real improvement. Below are some of the many ways that massage can help you, and the data to back it up.
Real Benefit #1: Pain Relief
Back it up: Massage has been found to relieve a variety of levels and types of pain, including chronic pain, arthritis pain, headaches, and pain related to fibromyalgia. In the Archives of Internal Medicine, a study is discussed that examined the effectiveness of massage for pain relief versus that of other pain management techniques. It found that a full 74% of participants deemed massage as “very helpful” after 10 weeks of massage therapy.Pain is the reason for approximately 80% of doctor visits in the US, and the fact that in 2015 more than 1 in 3 Americans were prescribed pain killers, the need for an alternative source of pain relief is clear.
Real Benefit #2: Mood Booster
Back it up: Let’s preface this by stating the obvious; if you experience mood problems or depression, then your first plan of attack should be to seek out help from a mental health professional.Then, if he or she supports it, massage can be an effective and meaningful tool in your wellness plan. In one study, researchers at the University of Miami tracked the depression levels of pregnant women who either received a massage or practiced progressive muscle relaxation for five weeks. The women in the group who received massages reported having more energy, less stress, and feeling less depressed.
Real Benefit #3: Sleep Aid
Back it up: Wait – didn’t we just get done talking about how massage can provide a boost of energy? Yes, with massage being the superhero health practice it is, it really does help energize as well as promote more restful sleep. Massage can actually manipulate the hormone levels in your body, increasing the level of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that can produce melatonin which helps us develop a healthy sleep cycle. Other research indicates that massage aids in the release of delta waves, which are present in our very deepest state of sleep. In a study on the effects of massage on the sleep quality of menopausal women (found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4521661/), women who received a massage on a regular basis reported a significant improvement in their quality of sleep.
There’s no denying that massage is a seriously indulgent treat. But there’s also no denying that receiving massage on a regular basis can have a real-life impact on your health and wellbeing. If you could take advantage of an all-natural, no-medication-required, self-health practice that relaxes you, helps you sleep better, and feels amazing while you’re receiving it wouldn’t you take advantage of it?