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Athletic Edge - Benefits of Massage Therapy

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage is wonderful. Massage is soothing. Massage is a luxurious, pampering experience. But did you know it's also good for your health?

Of course massage is wonderful for stress relief, but it can also lower blood pressure, help you recover from injury, and even help prevent injury in the first place. You change the oil in your car on a regular basis, service the air conditioner in your house on a regular basis, visit the dentist on a regular basis - how about preventative maintenance for your body?

Touch therapy has many applications in science and medicine, and touch is the core ingredient in massage therapy. Massage combines the science and art of the most ancient form of healing, which has been around for over 4000 years.

There is much scientific research to support the benefits of massage for various conditions, including back pain, carpel tunnel, arthritis, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, chronic and acute pain, musculo-skeletal disorders, sport injuries, headache, migraine, and circulatory problems.

Massage improves circulation, which increases blood flow, bringing fresh oxygen to body tissues. This can assist the elimination of waste products, speed healing after injury, and enhance recovery from disease. The basic goal of massage therapy is to help the body heal itself and to increase health and well-being.

At the University of Miami School of Medicine's Touch Research Institute, researchers have found that massage is helpful in decreasing blood pressure in people with hypertension, alleviating pain in migraine sufferers and improving alertness and performance in office workers

An increasing number of research studies show massage reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves range of motion, and increases endorphins (enhancing medical treatment). Although therapeutic massage does not increase muscle strength, it can stimulate weak, inactive muscles and, thus, partially compensate for the lack of exercise and inactivity resulting from illness or injury. It also can hasten and lead to a more complete recovery from exercise or injury.

 

Other benefits of massage therapy:

  • Helps relieve stress and aids in relaxation
  • Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
  • Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy
  • Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and swelling; reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
  • Reduces muscle spasms
  • Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Enhances athletic performance; Treats injuries caused during sport or work
  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing
  • Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
  • Enhances the health and nourishment of skin
  • Improves posture
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Treats musculoskeletal problems
  • Rehabilitation post-operative
  • Rehabilitation after injury
  • Fosters peace of mind
  • Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
  • Helps relieve mental stress
  • Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
  • Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
  • Emotional benefits
  • Satisfies need for caring nurturing touch
  • Fosters a feeling of well-being
  • Reduces levels of anxiety
  • Creates body awareness
  • Increases awareness of mind-body connection

According AMTA, massage helps both physically and mentally:

  • "Often times people are stressed in our culture. Stress-related disorders make up between 80-and-90 percent of the ailments that bring people to family-practice physicians. What they require is someone to listen, someone to touch them, someone to care. That does not exist in modern medicine. One of the complaints heard frequently is that physicians don't touch their patients any more. Touch just isn't there. Years ago massage was a big part of nursing. There was so much care, so much touch, so much goodness conveyed through massage. Now nurses for the most part are as busy as physicians. They're writing charts, dealing with insurance notes, they're doing procedures and often there is no room for massage any more. I believe massage therapy is absolutely key in the healing process not only in the hospital environment but because it relieves stress, it is obviously foundational in the healing process any time and anywhere." Joan Borysenko – Massage Journal Interview, 1999

 

 

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