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Why should you consider therapeutic massage?

Heather Knox Mar 4, 2014

Massage therapy addresses a variety of health conditions, the most prevalent being stress-related tension.

Massage has proven to be beneficial for the following conditions:

  • sleep disorders
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • depression
  • lower back pain
  • immunity suppression
  • spinal cord injury
  • autism
  • cancer-related fatigue
  • post-operative care
  • age-related disorders
  • infertility
  • eating disorders
  • smoking cessation

Here's why: Massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach to well-being based on the body's natural ability to heal itself.

Massage therapy provides many benefits, such as:

  • Increases circulation, which allows the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
  • Stimulates the lymph system, the body's natural defense, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer.
  • Releases endorphins, the body's natural painkiller. For this reason, massage is incorporated in treatment for chronic illnesses, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
  • Improves range of motion and decreases discomfort associated with lower back pain.
  • Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles.
  • Reduces muscle spasms and cramping.
  • Increases joint flexibility.
  • Reduces recovery time for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent risk of muscle strain.
  • Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication.
  • Reduces post-operative adhesions and edema, as well as reduces and realigns scar tissue after healing has occurred.
  • Contributes to shorter labor, reduces the need for medication and aides in quicker recovery in pregnant women.

Source: Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals

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Comments (1)

Heather on Mar 10, 2014
I am looking for someone that specializes in massage for TMJ. I had a chair massage by a girl that my work had brought in for us that specialized in this type of massage. She suggested that I find someone in this area that does that too. Do you have someone there that does?