Massage Therapy: Much More than A Mere Backrub

When you think about massage, your mind immediately conjures up images of relaxation, serenity, and comfort.  Getting a massage is commonly viewed as a luxury one indulges in every once in a while to pamper themselves, but few are aware of the valuable investment in your health you are making when you make time and budget for regular massages.  Consider the long-term mental and physical benefits:

  • Stress Relief-Massage is known to alleviate anxiety and improve relaxation, reducing bad temper and jangled nerves.
  • Anxiety and Depression Management-Massage greatly reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, resulting in lifted spirits and often lower blood pressure; it can also boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, further improving outlook and mood.
  • Pain Reduction and Management– Eight out of ten Americans will experience debilitating back pain in their life, and studies have shown that massage helped people in pain feel and function better compared to those who didn’t receive any massage treatment. Massage works better than acupuncture or spinal modification for persistent back pain and it lowers the need for painkillers by 36%.
  • Osteoarthritis Treatment– Massage decreases pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis, and it helps to provide better function and range of motion in osteoarthritis sufferers.
  • Immunity Improvement– Massage leads to a more functional immune system by increasing disease-fighting white blood cells.
  • Cancer Treatment-Massage relieves pain in cancer patients by fighting fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression and nausea.
  • Sleep Improvement-Massage has been proven to positively affects delta waves, which are connected to deep and satisfying sleep.
  • PMS Management– Massage reduces common PMS symptoms like bloating and mood swings.
  • Headache Relief– Massage reduces the number of migraines that occur, and limits the pain of migraines and tension headaches.
  • Aesthetic Benefits-Massage increases blood flow, which pumps up slack skin and encourages lymphatic drainage (an act that moves toxins away from cells so that more nutrients can travel in), adding vitality to a dull complexion and lackluster hair.