Eight Benefits of Massage Therapy

There are many benefits of massage therapy as massage therapy is a way by which soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and other connective tissues are manipulated. It is an option through which one can receive relief from the hassle associated with everyday and occupational stresses, many chronic-pain conditions, muscular over-use and other health issues.

There are numerous benefits of massage therapy discussed below:

Reduce stress

Stress is one of the most common complaints which has a negative impact on an individual’s health. It is considered as a risk factor for many chronic diseases and can also worsen your symptoms. Massage therapy is a proven method by which one can reduce the impact of stress both on a psychological and physical level. It relaxes the tight and painful muscles, improves the range of motion in the joints, and boosts circulation.

Improve posture

In today’s world, a lot of people spend most of their day sitting in office chairs. Excessive sitting leads to a more advanced form of postural stress which shows up in the back as weakness or pain. Massage can relax the muscles made sore by bad posture and it can counteract the imbalance caused from sitting, therefore improving your posture.

Sleep better

Adequate sleep is essential for proper functioning and is vital to overall health and wellness. It’s not uncommon for individuals to experience sleep issues which can often lead to low work performance, obesity, risk of long-term diseases and other such problems. Alleviating such problems can be done through therapeutic massage therapy as it not only encourages a restful sleep, but it also helps those who can’t comfortably rest. It helps people spend more time in deep sleep, the restorative stage in which the body hardly moves, which decreases the neurotransmitter associated with pain.

Boosts immunity

When you think about ways to cure the flu, your mind instantly thinks of loading Vitamin C, washing hands frequently, or maybe staying indoors all winter. A remedy often not thought of is massage. While the majority of people know that the main benefits of massage are relaxation and relief, most are unaware that massage has a positive impact on your immune system.

Reduces anxiety

The human body is designed to respond to danger by either escaping or fighting. Both of these actions require extra levels of the “stress hormone,” which smothers the immune system. Enduring higher “stress hormone” levels can lead to digestive problems, headaches and insomnia. This is again where massage therapy comes into play. Studies have shown that a therapeutic massage increases your body’s levels of Oxytocin, which results in lowered stress and anxiety.

Relieve tension headaches

Headaches are often caused by muscle spasms, neck misalignment, dehydration, and stress. These headaches show up as tightness or as pain in the head or in the neck, shoulders, arms, jaw or behind the eyes. An effective massage not only provides relief from the pain, but it also helps to prevent its reoccurrence by increasing blood flow in problem areas.

Manage low-back pain

Low back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical attention and is often difficult to treat as there are very few medical therapies for it. Certain types of massage can help psychologically via increased production of ‘feel good’ chemicals (namely, endorphins) which are helpful for both people with acute back problems and chronic back pain.

Improve cardiovascular health

We are very much aware that heart disease is one of the major leading causes of death. While cardiovascular disease prevention habits include regular exercise, no smoking, and a heart-healthy diet, few recognize the niche massage therapy fills in maintaining cardiovascular health. A regular massage can lessen the risks associated with stress, such as cardiac arrhythmias – where the heart pumps less effectively – so less blood reaches the brain and other organs. Maintaining a healthy blood pressure can contribute to lowering the risk of having a heart attack. Massage therapy releases contracted muscles and pushes blood towards the heart, easing the strain on the heart.

Massage therapy has multiple benefits offering a drug-free solution to some common health problems. Explore the various therapeutic massage services that we offer!