Sleep is critically important to overall wellness. According to the Institute of Medicine, over 50 to 70 million Americans experience sleep issues. Insufficient sleep is associated with a variety of chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity, depression, and cardiovascular disease amongst others. As a great nonpharmacological approach, massage is an excellent tool with proven results in addressing a range of issues individuals with sleeping disorders suffer from. Here are a few of its applications:
Children and Adolescents
Life is much more complex for today’s youth. With a constant barrage of technology, endless homework, and a lack of time for just playing, young children and adolescents are showing unprecedented stress and anxiety levels than ever before. Massage can help reduce stress and anxiety by suppressing the production of cortisol, the body’s stress hormone which can interfere with good sleeping habits.
From chronic migraines to lower back pain, skyrocketing stress and anxiety to sore muscles and inflammation, massage can help adults deal with a variety of afflictions. By boosting circulation of the body’s blood flow and increasing oxygenation and removal of toxins, massage can reduce symptoms of pain and stress while encouraging a calmer, more centered central nervous system which contributes to higher quality sleep.
Many elderly people often suffer from sleep issues. Massage can help. Through the application of gentle pressure and soft movements, massage can help refresh, reset, and rejuvenate the mind and body connection leading to overall greater life satisfaction and better shuteye.
Come visit our Elements Massage Piney Creek studio for all of your massage needs and talk to one of our professional therapists about how we can help you with your sleep struggles!