Benefits of Massage Therapy

Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

 

There have been many studies that prove the benefits of massage therapy. People whom have experienced massage generally report an improved state of well-being as well as improvements in other systems. Here are a few benefits that you can experience from regularly scheduled massage sessions.

 

It counteracts all the sitting done throughout the day

Today, most people are dealing with some kind of postural stress.  From sitting all day to our sedentary lifestyles, we are not doing what our bodies were designed to do - move.  Because most of us spend our days sitting at a desk in front of a computer, we tend to feel postural stress mostly in our shoulders and neck.  More advanced forms of postural stress can manifest as pain or weakness in the low back and gluteal muscles which can be caused by prolonged periods of sitting.  Regularly scheduled massage sessions have been shown to counteract the imbalance caused from sitting at a desk for long periods of time. 

 

It eases muscle pain. 

Massage has been shown to increase and improve circulation.  Increased blood flow in the muscles stimulates the body’s natural healing ability.  A recent publication demonstrated that massage therapy was an effective method of treatment for chronic muscle and low back pain.

 

It soothes anxiety and depression. 

Massage can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing.  A 2005 study found regular massage treatments (twice a week or more) decreased an individual’s level of cortisol, the body’s stress hormone.  It was also found that the same regular massage treatments increased an individual’s level of serotonin and dopamine, the neurochemicals that control our feelings of happiness.

 

It improves sleep. 

Massage has been shown to encourage restful sleep.  It has also shown to help those who have a hard time resting or relaxing.  By causing the muscles to relax, the whole body follows suit, allowing the individual to experience complete rest and relaxation.

 

It boosts immunity. 

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study in 2010 that found massage boosts patients’ white blood cell count, which plays a large role in defending the body from disease.

 

Ready to start reaping the benefits of massage?  Maybe you have more questions?  We are here to help!  Call for a free 10-minute phone consultation with our licensed massage therapist, Kat Carter.

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