Wait… you mean massages aren’t just for relaxation?

Nearly everyone knows that a massage helps to ease muscle tension and relax the body, but did you know that massages are also used to help people suffering from stress-related tension, cancer-related fatigue, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, carpal tunnel, and depression?

While it is certainly true that massages help relax the body, most people don’t understand the extent to a massage’s benefits.  Some of these benefits include:

Improved circulation (especially helpful for those suffering with arthritis and edema)

  • Relief for tight muscles and other pains
  • Relief of nerve compression
  • Greater flexibility
  • Greater range of motion
  • Enhanced energy
  • Physical relaxation (of course!)

For specific cases, as in clients who are battling an illness, massage therapy reduces symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, anxiety, and depression.  This often results in improved overall well-being and quality of life.

Other conditions massage therapy helps include:

  • Sciatica
  • Headaches
  • Whiplash
  • Scoliosis
  • Gout
  • Arthritis (Rheumatoid and Osteo-)
  • Hypertension
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Raynaud’s Disease

So what can a massage do for you?  In short, improve your life!

Whether you suffer from sore muscles brought on by daily life or are dealing with a chronic disease, massage therapy can help you. According to expert Beth Burgan, by simply slowing down your heart rate, your breathing rate lowers which in turn decreases your blood pressure. Your stress hormones then lower and your muscles begin to relax.  This relaxation triggers the release of serotonin (your ‘happy’ chemical) and your emotions and thoughts are positively affected. 

For more information on the ways massage therapy can benefit you or a loved one, check out the links below.

https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/massage-therapy/how-can-massage-help-my-health-and-wellbeing

https://www.ucsfhealth.org/treatments/massage/