The Benefits of Massage
If you’re entertaining the idea of getting a massage for the first time you no doubt have questions as to how you would benefit from the experience. Spending time with a massage therapist might seem strange at first, but working with a trained, experienced provider comes with many benefits to your overall health and well being.
This article will examine a few of the most common areas massage can impact our lives.
Massage Aids in Recovery from Injury
We all experience injury or discomfort to our bodies just from going through the course of our normal, everyday lives. Massage has been proven to greatly aid in recovery from an injury. One of the most beneficial areas massage can help with is pain management. Using a series of deep tissue massage techniques we can help to open up the musculature which increases blood flow and can help to reduce chronic pain, while accelerating the healing process. The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) reports that of the 39.1 million people who had a massage between 2014-2015, 91% reported a significant reduction in pain associated with their injury. A fairly significant number.
In addition to pain management and recovery, massage also many additional health benefits. It has been shown to help reduce the effects of certain chronic health problems such as arthritis and high blood pressure. Through a series of regular therapeutic sessions, patients have reported a reduction in symptoms associated with these diseases.
Massage Reduces Stress
Regular massage not only provides aid in the recovery of injuries, but it can also help to manage the stress and the your overall state of well being. Concerns about family, money, the job, and a variety of other concerns constantly creep in causing un-needed and unwanted stress. The Huffington Post created a sobering infographic on the long term effects of stress on the human body. There is no disputing the damaging effect stress can have on the entire body.
Massage can help to calm the whole body, while reducing the stress levels throughout the entire body. At Healing Works we offer a chair massage program that allows us to travel to your work space and provide the benefits of stress reduction through a series of 10-15 minute sessions.
Massage Benefits the Whole Body
When you look at the health benefits of massage it’s not difficult to see the link this theraputic process has to long term recovery and overall physical health.
- Relieves Headaches and Migraines
- Reduces Depression, Anxiety and Stress
- Boosts Energy
- Improves Sleep
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Increases Circulation Bringing Oxygen and Nutrients To Muscles
- Releases Endorphins and Enhances Mood
- Alleviates Back and Neck Pain
- Improves Range of Motion
- Improves Flexibility
- Enhances Immunity by Stimulating Lymph Flow
- Promotes Tissue Regeneration, Reducing Scar Tissue and Stretch Marks
- Helps Athletes of Any Level Prepare for and Recover from Strenuous Workouts
- Reduces Spasms and Cramping
- Reduces Post-Surgery Adhesions and Swelling
- Relaxes Injured, Tired and Over Used Muscles
- Helps Alleviate Discomfort from TMJD
- Can Improve Posture