Why You Should Consider The Benefits of Massage Therapy
There are many reasons why people turn to massage therapy. Some of these reasons include relaxation of the body, enhancement of the bloodstream, to soothe tight muscles, to promote flexibility, to raise energy, to help torn tissues heal and to treat carpal tunnel or sciatica.
To put it simply, massage therapy helps the body in many different ways. Massage therapy helps to give blood, oxygen, and nutrients to all parts of the body. This also allows scars and wounds to heal faster and can solve problems such as arthritis and edema.
Massage therapy can also lower your heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate while bolstering the immune system, which helps to combat stress and the lingering effects that come with it.
Here is a complete list of conditions that massage therapy can treat:
Pain-Related Conditions That Massage Therapy Can Treat
- Bodily Pain Related To Pregnancy
- Carpal Tunnel
- Muscle Injuries
- Myofascial Pain
- Sore or Exhausted Muscles
- Tendon and Muscle Tears
- Tension Headaches
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Varicose Veins
Health-Related Conditions That Massage Therapy Can Treat
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Raynaud's Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Various Chronic Diseases
Physical, Psychological and Emotional Benefits To Massage Therapy
- Better Mood
- Better Night's Sleep
- Greater Immune System
- Improved Athletic Skills
- Less Anger
- Less Anxiety
- Less Stress
- Weaker Depression
- Less Fatigue
Odds are that you deal with nagging problems every day, and whatever you have on a minor level, massage therapy can cure it.
How does massage therapy work?
Massages cause changes in your body through mechanical responses as well as your relaxation response. Mechanical responses are physical changes that occur in the body when pressure is administered to soft tissue. Relaxation responses are predictable responses of the nervous system.
When a massage happens, a safe, gentle touch is your ticket to relaxation. Massage with pain relief typically creates a relaxation response. During this response, everything in your body slows down, your muscles relax, and your stress production dwindles. Relaxation responses also happen to increase your levels of serotonin, which is a natural chemical inside your body that can change the way you feel and think emotionally. While this phenomenon sounds fascinating, how massaging and the serotonin levels in your brain are correlated remains a mystery.
The relaxation response also works to dampen the physical signs of stress, as well as the other conditions that it causes, including anxiety, insomnia, hypertension, sexual dysfunction, and cardiac arrhythmias.
Mechanical responses are mostly responsible for increasing the circulation of blood and lymph nodes, as well as helping muscles, tendons, ligaments, and tissue relax. Massage improves the circulatory system in part due to the manipulation of soft tissues and the release of serotonin in the body.
Circulation can deliver oxygen and nutrients to the muscle's cells. As the cells get healthier, tissues work better. When the body becomes more efficient, toxins are easier to remove, and waste that lingers around in soft tissues are absorbed.
Because massage therapy relaxes your muscles, they reduce painful stiffness and tightness as well as spasms. Massaging can also reduce compression in the nerves. When nerves are contracted, it is harder for these muscles to receive nutrients. With proper nutrients, they can operate more efficiently without any signs of stiffness. Nerves can also act normally in transmitting messages to the brain and back to the muscles.
Both touching and applying pressure to the skin will relax muscles, ligaments and tendons. Furthermore, while some of the deep tissues in the body cannot be easily accessible by a massage therapist, the release of your skin’s superficial layers can impact your deeper layers, causing your tissues to align better and find a pain-free balance.
Organs also improve functionality thanks to massaging. They share neurological pain receptors with nerves, bones, and muscles. When these body parts are distressed, your organs can often relay dysfunction and distress. For instance, lower back pain can aggravate menstrual cramps, which in turn causes lower back muscles to stiffen. Massage can therefore become beneficial to the well-being of organs and tissues alike.
Some relaxation styles in massaging offer gentle actions of rubbing, tugging, patting and squeezing of the skin. The most notable body parts that get kneaded include the chest, back, arms, legs, hands, neck, feet, shoulders, face and head. Certain massages also involve the use of cleansers, oils, disinfectants, and creams.
If you’re interested in learning more about massage therapy and what benefits you could experience get ahold of me, or while you’re at it schedule an appointment with me today!