The benefits of massage therapies are wide ranging. Massage can become a part of a person’s regular health regime to maintain optimal health or as preventative health care. Massage is an integral part of many physical rehabilitation programs and has been proven effective in the treatment of chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, stress, depression, and more.
Massage helps relieve the stresses and tensions of everyday living that can eventually lead to disease and illness. The negative effects of many illnesses (ie. diabetes) can be accelerated by stress. Massage therapy can help relieve stress and be a beneficial part of a prevention and treatment program.
Many of us spend our days hunched over a computer keyboard, throwing off our posture and creating stiffness, discomfort and pain in the neck, shoulders, upper back and arms. Others work and play at sports programs and fitness regimes that can eventually take their toll on our muscles and joints.
Physical Benefits of Massage
- relieves pain, stiffness and discomfort
- increases mobility
- improves circulation
- detoxifies your system
- promotes relaxation
- reduces stress
- Decreases muscle tension and discomfort.
- Decreases muscle spasms.
- Increases the length of shortened muscles.
- Decrease trigger points
- Maintains joint health
- Aids in scar tissue removal
- prevents fluid accumulation
Psychological Benefits of Massage
Some experts think that more than ninety percent of illness is stress related. Nothing ages us faster than high stress. While massage cannot eliminate the anxiety and pressure caused by our pressure-cooker work world, it can help manage that stress. The relief of physical and mental stress can help:
- Decrease anxiety.
- Enhance the quality of your sleep.
- Leave you with more energy.
- Reduce fatigue.
- Improve concentration.
- Increase your circulation.
Many clients comment on having increased perspective and clarity after a massage. This emotional balance, clarity, and feeling of well-being can be as valuable as the tangible physical benefits.
Over the years research has demonstrated the enormous benefits of massage therapy from treating chronic diseases and physical injuries, to alleviating the stress of our fast paced lifestyles. Today, many extended health benefits programs include massage therapy in their roster of allowed treatments.