5 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO GET A MASSAGE

Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. 

It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.

Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Paresthesias and nerve pain
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often involves caring, comfort, a sense of empowerment and creating deep connections with their massage therapist.
Despite its benefits, massage isn't meant as a replacement for regular medical care. 
Let your doctor know you're trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have.

1.Improves Flexibility

Muscle injuries are more common now than they were 50 years ago. That's not because we're exercising harder. 

It's because we're more sedentary. What's worse, as we age our joints tend to tighten, making range of motion and flexibility even more restricted.

Massage therapy is a beneficial treatment for maintaining and improving flexibility and motion. 

By working on muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and joints, regular massage can improve your flexibility and range of motion, keeping your joints more fluid and making them less injury prone.

2.Lowers Blood Pressure

One effective way to stave off high blood pressure naturally is massage therapy. 

Long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure; decrease salivary and urinary cortisol stress-hormone levels; and lower sources for depression, anxiety and hostility.

3.Rehabilitation after any injury

Rehabilitating any injury can be a tiring and frustrating process. While the main goal of physical rehabilitation is to increase strength and flexibility, it often ends before the area has been returned to its full pre-injury state.

Massage plays an important role as a supplement to standard injury rehabilitation procedures. By encouraging circulatory movement and relaxing muscles, massage helps the body pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs. 

This allows the rehabilitating injured area(s) to become more flexible and heal at an accelerated rate.

4.Counteracts all that sitting you do

Desk workers, beware. More advanced forms of postural stress “show up as pain or weakness in the low back and gluteals caused by prolonged periods of sitting.”

Luckily, massage can counteract the imbalance caused from sitting, which means you can keep your desk job—as long as you schedule a regular massage.

5. improves sleep

Not only can massage encourage a restful sleep—it also helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest.

Also, if you’re a new parent, you’ll be happy to know it can help infants sleep more, cry less and be less stressed, according to research from the 
University of Warwick.

SOURCES:

www.mayoclinic.org

www.massageenvy.com

www.besthealthmag.ca

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