Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy is one of the most natural ways of relieving pain, discomfort and the stresses of everyday life. There are many reasons to receive massage, among them:

  • Reducing stress and tension
  • Improving flexibility
  • Increasing Endorphins-the body's natural painkillers
  • Assisting in recovery from sports activities and injuries
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Improving circulation problems
  • Alleviating chronic and temporary pain and inflammation
  • Restores a calm mind a feeling of well-being

Go Regularly-Though treating yourself to a massage every now and then is a valuable boost to your self care, you're likely to see even more benefits with regular treatment. It is best to receive a one-hour massage every week to reduce the physical stress that builds in the body. Appointment scheduled every other week combined with gentle stretching and other self help methods, are also sufficient for those who are effectively dealing with stress management. Setting up a schedule that is right for you will show you the power of the cumulative effects.

How does massage work for pain control?

Massage is a very effective technique for controlling pain. How does it work? There are number of ways massage may help in controlling pain.

Massage confuses the body's pain signals.

Rubbing may interfere with pain signals' pathways to your brain, a process called the "gate control theory", according to experts. Pain impulses run toward the spinal cord and then up the cord and into the brain. It's only when they reach the brain that these impulses are perceived as pain. When you rub, it sends other impulses along the same nerves. When all these impulses try to reach the brain through nerves, the nerves get clogged like a highway during morning rush hour. The result? Most of them won't reach the brain.  If the pain signals do not reach the brain, you won't feel pain. Thus massage works by 'closing the gate' that pain impulses have to pass through.

Massage also calls up the body's natural painkillers.

It stimulates the release of endorphins, the morphine-like substances that the body manufactures, into the brain and nervous system.  Several studies show massage reduces levels of the stress hormone, cortisol,  while boosting the feel-good hormones serotonin and dopamine. Those changes slow your heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and block your nervous system's pain receptors. 

Massage provides deep relaxation.

It relieves muscle tension, spasm, and stiffness. All of these contribute to pain. Experts suggest that tense muscles are usually deprived of oxygen because the tightness reduces blood circulation to the area. Massage improves blood circulation. It brings what the muscles need ... oxygen and other forms of nourishment. The muscles then relaxes  and pain decreases. 

Massage relieves mental stress and anxiety. 

Massage is providing the benefit by the therapeutic value of touching that helps a person in pain. Research shows that even touch lasting for less than 1 second has the ability to make people feel better. Obviously, an hour-long touch provided by massage has to make you feel good!

What type of Pain can Massage Help? 

Massage can help any pain originating from muscle tension: example - head, back, neck and shoulder pain can all benefit from massage. Releasing tightness and tension in muscles is the most obvious effect of a good massage.  Massage also is beneficial for relieving pain associated with arthritis, injuries, or even recent surgery.

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