How Massage Can Help with Common Health Problems

I can't say it enough... Massage is so much more than a relaxing "rub down" that you get on vacation or a special occasion. Did you know that the symptoms of many health problems can be reduced with regular massage (along with healthy eating habits and exercise)?


Here are a few conditions that massage can work really well for; a few you probably already know and some that may surprise you!


Stress

It’s no surprise that receiving massage on a regular basis (at least one time per month) can help you manage stress. It works to help lower your blood pressure, to improve your quality of sleep, and it’s also thought to help reduce the risk of heart disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, research suggests that more than 90 percent of illness results from stress alone. Receiving a 60 minute massage can significantly lower cortisol levels (the stress hormone) by 30 percent. Massage helps to decrease physical and emotional stress to improve overall health and well-being.


Lower Back Pain

Massage therapy can provide significant relief for low back pain especially if it's caused by back strain. Getting a massage will increase blood flow and circulation to help your muscles recover from activity or injury.


Sports Injuries

Fitness and sports are great for your health but they can sometimes lead to injuries and overworked muscles. A regular massage can help to heal any wear and tear on your muscles and tendons. It can also help you manage the pain from a chronic or acute sports injury. You can also take a proactive approach and receive massage regularly to help prevent future injuries – one more reason to book your next massage today.


Joint Stiffness

Massage is a welcomed relief from pain and stiffness associated with arthritis and other joint problems. In a recent study, weekly, 60-minute massage sessions were shown to reduce symptoms of pain and improve mobility for people with knee osteoarthritis. According to researchers from Duke University, weekly, full-body massage sessions can significantly improve joint mobility and alleviate pain caused by osteoarthritis — a degenerative disease in which the cartilage in the joints wears down and causes pain, swelling, and stiffness. Massage can also help with your range of motion and flexibility, which can relieve pain in your shoulders, knees, and hips.


Circulation

Good circulation brings oxygen rich blood to muscles to help them heal. Along with an active lifestyle, massage facilitates circulation because it actually moves blood through the congested areas. Regular massage will help get essential nutrients to where they are needed in your tissues and vital organs. The kneading and manipulation of the soft tissue will help to flush lactic acid out of your muscles and improve the circulation of lymph - the fluid that carries metabolic waste away from your muscles and internal organs.


Migraine symptoms

Although migraines and tension headaches are different, they both can benefit from massage therapy. Not only can massage help relieve headache pain, but it can also help to prevent headaches from occurring. Studies have shown that massage can help reduce the frequency of attacks, and lessen the severity of the symptoms. Some migraines, especially those triggered by stress, are especially receptive to massage treatment.


Skin Abnormalities

Of course, massage doesn't cure skin cancer!However, in some cases your massage therapist can notice abnormalities on your skin that you can’t see (like on your back) or just haven’t noticed. Getting regular massage in general is also good for your skin health. With improved circulation and the nourishing oils used during your treatment, you skin will be hydrated and soft.


Allergies

A massage helps to stimulate lymph flow around your body, which boosts your immune system and can help to reduce the severity of allergic reactions. A soothing facial massage can also help to relieve sinus pressure.


Did any of these surprise you? If you or someone you know are unfortunately dealing with any of these health issues, consider booking your next massage today.

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