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Massage Does Your Body Good, Lots & Lots of Good

Jamal May 19, 2012

 

Massage feels great. But the goodness doesn't stop there.

Massage is much more than skin deep. Massage therapy, in fact, helps reduce cholesterol levels, decreases blood pressure, and increases immune functions. Massage also increases range of motion, decreases pain, and reduces swelling. The National Inatitutes of Heath have shown that therapeutic massage plays an integral part of reducing pain. Bottom line, massage is not a luxury item.

A variety of types of massage exist. Deep tissue massage, such as neuromuscular release, breaks up adhesions and scar tissue that often form during injury or repetitive motions (e.g. mousing). A thorough understanding of joints, muscles, and ranges of motion is vital to deep tissue massage delivering lasting, pain-relieving results. Scar tissue forms as a natural part of the healing process, often known as the fibrosis repair. The body lays down scar tissue in order to stabilize an area after injury, or to decrease overuse when highly repetitive motions begin to irritate the area.

The more complex the joint system, the more likely it is to become painful. For example, the low back is very complex and the most common site for musculoskeletal pain. The low back is comprised of 9 bones, 15 joints, and over 40 muscles. All of these bones, joints, and muscles must synchronize in order for fluid, pain-free motion. If they do not coordinate properly, muscles become overused, tight, and sore. The body recognizes this aggravated situation. In order to conserve its resources and not expend precious energy, the body begins to lay down scar tissue to reduce the amount of energy that is needed by these overused muscles. This very often accumulates slowly over months and years. As the scar tissue accumulation process is slow, gradual loss of function is not readily noticed. Scar tissue is long-lasting and alters the function of the muscles and surrounding joints. Altered biomechanics, especially in the body, is rarely a good thing. While these altered mechanics may save energy and resources in the short-term, over the long haul that make the body more susceptible to injury and permanently alter the joints with arthritis. Releasing the scar tissue and restoring normal function is vital to becoming pain-free.

Rejuvenating massages, such as hot stone massage, Swedish massage, and lymphatic massage, are very useful in relaxing the body. Biochemical markers, such as cortisol, which are commonly known as the stress hormones, are reduced with rejuvenating massage. A recent study conducted at UCLA showed reductions of both blood and saliva levels of a number of hormones. Long-term release of these hormones causes weight gain, fatigue, and is linked to many diseases. So massage is not just a “feel good thing”, it’s an excellent way to keep your body healthy.

Incorporating deep tissue massage and rejuvenating massage are one of the best ways to keep your bones and muscles healthy. And your immune system boosted. And your weight down. And your energy zooming.

Massage Does Your Body Good, Lots & Lots of Good

Massage feels great. But the goodness doesn't stop there.

Massage is much more than skin deep. Massage therapy, in fact, helps reduce cholesterol levels, decreases blood pressure, and increases immune functions. Massage also increases range of motion, decreases pain, and reduces swelling. The National Institutes of Health have shown that therapeutic massage plays an integral part of reducing pain. Bottom line, massage is not a luxury item.

A variety of types of massage exist. Deep tissue massage, such as neuromuscular release, breaks up adhesions and scar tissue that often form during injury or repetitive motions (e.g. mousing). A thorough understanding of joints, muscles, and ranges of motion is vital to deep tissue massage delivering lasting, pain-relieving results. Scar tissue forms as a natural part of the healing process, often known as the fibrosis repair. The body lays down scar tissue in order to stabilize an area after injury, or to decrease overuse when highly repetitive motions begin to irritate the area.

The more complex the joint system, the more likely it is to become painful. For example, the low back is very complex and the most common site for musculoskeletal pain. The low back is comprised of 9 bones, 15 joints, and over 40 muscles. All of these bones, joints, and muscles must synchronize in order for fluid, pain-free motion. If they do not coordinate properly, muscles become overused, tight, and sore. The body recognizes this aggravated situation. In order to conserve its resources and not expend precious energy, the body begins to lay down scar tissue to reduce the amount of energy that is needed by these overused muscles. This very often accumulates slowly over months and years. As the scar tissue accumulation process is slow, gradual loss of function is not readily noticed. Scar tissue is long-lasting and alters the function of the muscles and surrounding joints. Altered biomechanics, especially in the body, is rarely a good thing. While these altered mechanics may save energy and resources in the short-term, over the long haul that make the body more susceptible to injury and permanently alter the joints with arthritis. Releasing the scar tissue and restoring normal function is vital to becoming pain-free.

Rejuvenating massages, such as hot stone massage, Swedish massage, and lymphatic massage, are very useful in relaxing the body. Biochemical markers, such as cortisol, which are commonly known as the stress hormones, are reduced with rejuvenating massage. A recent study conducted at UCLA showed reductions of both blood and saliva levels of a number of hormones. Long-term release of these hormones causes weight gain, fatigue, and is linked to many diseases. So massage is not just a “feel good thing”, it’s an excellent way to keep your body healthy.

Incorporating deep tissue massage and rejuvenating massage are one of the best ways to keep your bones and muscles healthy. And your immune system boosted. And your weight down. And your energy zooming.

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