In massage therapy, the soft tissues of the body including ligaments and tendons, muscles and joints are manipulated. Massage Therapy has been proven to be one of the best healthcare option that helps to ease the overall stress of the body.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Consumer Survey, 72 percent of individuals have claimed to receive a massage, of which 43 percent of them received message as a part of their medical care and the rest (29%) received massage as a part of stress management.
So, let’s find out how you can benefit from adding massage therapy to your health and fitness routine.
Listed below are 10 benefits of massage therapy –
- Stress Relief and Reduces Anxiety– A great way to refresh your day is to spend some quality massage time at the spa, which can help you loosen up and relieve the stress. Getting a massage will not only help you with stress relief, but also can boost your energy levels, improve physical and emotional levels and reduce bodily pain. Massage therapy can help release endorphins in your body, helping to be active and happy.
- Improves Circulation and Lowers Blood Pressure– One of the benefits of massage therapy is an improved circulation of blood which should not be understated. Massage helps the blood to move through the damaged and congested parts of your body, also causing new blood to flow through bodily tissues. The massage technique such as squeezing, pulling, twisting also helps in the removal of lactic acid from the tissues of your muscles, thereby improving circulation of lymph fluid (carries metabolic waste products away from internal organs). This helps to lower the blood pressure levels and improved overall body function.
- Improves Body Posture and Flexibility– People experience back, neck, and muscle pain because of various reason but the basic reason of all is, body posture. Massage therapy shape the body properly. Improving the posture of your body can be very vital in terms of healthy living. Massage allows the body to relax and release the stress in the muscles and joints (caused by poor body posture). Massage therapy will loosen and relax your muscles, helping your body to achieve a potential of full range of movement.
- Better Sleep– A good sleep is an important part of health and fitness regime. Massage will help you get a good sleep as your body will be free of stress, which in turn will help you feel energetic, waking up in the morning. According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions—such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression, threatening the health of many people.”
- Strengthens the Immune System– Receiving massage therapy on regular basis can be very beneficial to your body. It’s a very known fact that people with high levels of stress are more prone to illness and injuries. The immune system of the body gets affected badly when stress is combined with less sleep and other disturbances, the ability to fight against harmful pathogens reduces. Studies have shown that regular massage also boosts the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity and increases the ability of your body to deliver nourishment. Just as regular exercise keeps the body fine-tuned, regular massage therapy can help keep the immune system strong and sharp.
- Relief from Post-Operative Pain and Swelling – A massage is a great way to safely deal with a sports injury or post surgery rehabilitation. Postoperative pain can complicate and delay a patient’s recovery, lengthen hospital stays and costs, and interfere with a patient’s return to activities of daily living. People can have side effects after prolonged use of medication. Research indicates that massage can decrease postoperative pain, swelling.
- Promotes Relaxation – When the body is tense and under stress, it produces unhealthy levels of the well-known stress hormone, can contribute to weight gain, sleeplessness, digestive problems, and headaches. Massage therapy has been shown to decrease stress hormone (cortisol) levels in the body. This enables the body to enter a recovery mode. Moreover, this form of therapy also triggers lasting feelings of relaxation, improved mood, and reduced stress levels. Regularly receiving a massage has been shown to promote relaxation and stability while helping temper the effects of dementia, high-blood pressure and osteoarthritis.
- Balance Improvement in Elderly – Regularly receiving massage has been shown to promote relaxation and stability while helping temper the effects of dementia, high-blood pressure and osteoarthritis. By incorporating massage into a regular healthcare regimen, many older adults find a better quality of life and additional relief from a multitude of health issues.
- Improves Cardiovascular Health – Massage therapy is another great way to relieve muscle pain and get relaxed. Working with a qualified massage therapist can also play a significant role in improving cardiovascular health as evidenced by a growing body of research. High blood pressure which leads to cardiovascular issues including stroke, heart disease and kidney failure. With proactive management of high blood pressure, individuals can lower their chance of developing these conditions. A multitude of recent research shows a direct correlation between massage therapy and improved cardiovascular health.
- Reduces the Effects of Diseases –Massage therapy was once considered as an alternative is now in demand and gaining popularity. More importantly, now that massage therapy is considered as a best treatment option, it is recommended by even doctors for stress relief and to put away tiredness and to get good sleep. The Hands-on technique used in massage therapy helps to increase circulation of bodily fluid, relieve tension, improve sleep, reduce stress and promote relaxation throughout the entire body, keeping you away from many diseases.
Whether your need is to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension or attain relief from chronic pain, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being.
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