We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again –the New Year is a great time to consider making regular massage therapy a part of your overall wellness plan. It seems like each year there are more and more findings that indicate that therapeutic massage can provide a wide variety of health benefits.
If you have committed to a new workout routine this year, a 2012 study showed that massage therapy can actually speed repair of muscle tissues after working out. It is a great alternative to anti-inflammatory drugs and NSAIDs. What a wonderful way to relax and reward yourself for completing your fitness routine.
If you struggle with lower back pain, researchers also recently discovered that study participants found massage therapy to be highly effective in treating lower back pain. Finding relief from your chronic pain could give you a whole new outlook on life in 2013.
Massage also combats stress, as another recent study found. Participants receiving deep tissue Swedish massage showed significant decreases in levels of stress hormones in the blood. Additionally, massage has been shown to be beneficial in treating a wide variety of issues such as depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep disorders, eating disorders. It can even help you quit smoking.
No matter what your goals are for the New Year, massage can help you get there. This year, do something great for yourself or a loved one – take advantage of the power of therapeutic massage.