Massage: Make a monthly appointment.
Did you just finish a stressful week at work? Over did it in the yard? Or are you an Athlete, or weekend warrior? Then a massage may be just what you need. For people coping with injuries or chronic pain, massage can serve as a form of alternative medicine, not just for relaxation. Nearly 1 in 10 people have used massage to treat their medical conditions.
We are in a time of advanced medicine, but sometimes impersonal medicine. Massage offers a drug-free, non-invasive approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. So what exactly are the benefits to receiving regular massage?
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
- Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body’s natural defense system, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer.
- Increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body’s largest organ – the skin.
- Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles
- Reduces spasms and cramping
- Increases joint flexibility.
- Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.
- Releases endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller – and is being used in chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain. These endorphins can also put you in a better mood.
- Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred.
- Improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back , shoulder, and neck pain to name a few.
- Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication.
- Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion.
- Assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as less need for medication, less depression and anxiety, and shorter hospital stays.
- Reduces the effects of Fibromialgia.
There are some contraindications for massage, so check with your Doctor or Massage Therapist before beginning treatment. Most Massage Therapists will have you fill out a Health History form to see if massage is right for you. Massage can also work in conjunction with your Doctor, Physical Therapist, or Chiropractor. So make that monthly appointment. Its good for the body.