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:
According AMTA, massage helps both physically and mentally: