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Which Conditions can Massage Therapy Alleviate?

Jul 20, 2017

Anyone who’s had a good massage knows how incredibly relaxing it is. However, research proves time and time again that massage therapy is also effective in treating certain conditions ranging from chronic pain to the common cold.

Note: if you suffer from any sort of medical condition, make sure you let your licensed massage therapist know beforehand to make sure it’s safe for you to receive a massage.

Conditions Treated by Massage Therapy

Chronic Pain

Not surprisingly, many people with chronic pain conditions such as sciatica, fibromyalgia or myofascial pain syndrome seek massage therapy as a source of alleviation. Regular massage won’t relieve chronic pain entirely, but many clients report serious overall improvements.

Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression go hand-in-hand. Those diagnosed with one often have the other, which can make everyday tasks overwhelming and difficult. Even worse, many of the medications prescribed to treat these conditions tend to have unpredictable, often negative, side effects.

Massage is a natural method of treating anxiety and depression. Research shows that massage can lower the body’s cortisol, a notorious stress hormone, by up to 53 percent. The only side effects of massage are deep feelings of relaxation and probably the desire to book another appointment!

Insomnia

Another condition that’s often treated with prescription medication is insomnia. It also happens to be a medical condition that can be treated by massage.

Scientific studies show that people who receive regular massages fall asleep more easily and have more restful periods of sleep than those who don’t.

Common Cold

While there’s no real cure for the common cold, there are certain practices that aid your body in fighting it, including massage therapy. It improves circulation, helping your body expel metabolic waste through your system faster.

However, it’s important to note that getting a massage while you have a contagious condition puts your massage therapist at risk. If you’re considering getting a massage while sick, always check in with your therapist first to see whether they’re comfortable continuing with the appointment.

Pregnancy

As beautiful as motherhood is, pregnancy can be extremely rough. Muscle aches and fluctuating hormone levels will take a toll on your physical and emotional well-being.

Prenatal massage helps alleviate the pain associated with pregnancy, and works to regulate your hormonal balances.

Hypertension

Approximately one in three American adults have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Fortunately, massage improves circulation, which helps lessen blood pressure. Also, massage relieves stress, one of the leading causes of hypertension in America.

Cancer

Massage serves as a pleasurable, relaxing escape for people battling cancer. It’s also useful in relieving symptoms like pain and nausea. For those who are in remission, massage can be a way to relieve the stress of everyday life.

Elements of Rockville Centre has custom massage beds that can comfortably accommodate women who have recently had a mastectomy.

Migraines

Therapeutic massage is one of the best preventative methods for migraines. It reduces muscle tension, high blood pressure and stress, which are huge culprits in causing chronic headaches.

Massage therapy is not a miracle treatment that permanently cures every condition known to humankind, but it’s certainly effective in treating many of them. And to reiterate, always let your licensed massage therapist know if you have a medical condition prior to receiving a massage.

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