Massage therapy is being widely used today to help manage health conditions and enhance wellness. Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body where we often hold stress, tension and muscular restrictions. Massage has been practiced in most cultures, both Eastern and Western, throughout human history, and was one of the earliest tools that people used to try to relieve pain.
Massage is increasingly being offered along with standard treatments 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. It is being promoted more and more as a safe non-opioid alternative.
Research has shown that receiving regular massage therapy helps boost our immune system and flush toxins, increasing blood flow throughout the body. Massage increases the activity of white blood cells that help our body fight diseases and may help with reduction of cortisol.
Top 5 Health Benefits of Regular Massage Therapy
- Lower stress. The long-term effects of stress cancan take both emotional and physical tolls on the body.
- Increase immune function.
- Boost mental health and wellness.
- Manage or alleviate pain
- Improve physical fitness
Some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders.
- Insomnia related to stress.
- Myofascial pain syndrome.
- Soft tissue strains or injuries.
- Sports injuries.
There is a growing amount of research which is showing that massage can be good medicine. “We now know that massage therapy is not just for pleasure, but has significant psychological, physiological and biochemical effects that enhance health,” says Tiffany Field, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School, which has conducted more than 100 studies showing that massage’s benefits can include positive effects on depression and anxiety, sleep, stress hormones, immunity and pain relief.
“We have enough data to say the evidence is there that this really does help with back pain in particular,” confirms physician Josephine Briggs, director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.
With an ever increasing amount of research showing the benefits of massage therapy, isn’t it time you started receiving the benefits for yourself. Schedule a session today to experience for yourself the countless benefits of massage therapy to both your body and mind. You can schedule online or phone or text our office for an appointment and service that works with your schedule.