Massage for Your Common Health Problems
Massages are often sold as a purely indulgent treat you get when you visit a spa or go on vacation. But there’s so much more to massage than just a feel-good treat. Did you know that the symptoms of many health problems can be reduced and even eliminated with regular massage? Here are a few conditions on what massage can do for your common health problems; a few you probably know and some that may surprise you!
Common Health Problems
It’s no surprise that a regular dose of massage therapy is suitable for your stress levels. It works by helping to lower your blood pressure, improving your quality of sleep, and reducing your stress levels. Regular massage also helps reduce the risk of heart disease. In 2008 the journal Psycho-oncology published a study that concluded: “…a significant reduction in cortisol (the main stress hormone) could be safely achieved through massage, with associated improvement in psychological well-being.”
Lower Back Pain
This is such a common problem, often caused by bad posture at work. No wonder many employers are drafting massage therapists for help. Poor posture and sitting for too long can cause many lower back problems, simply getting older. Get your massage therapist on the case, and you can hopefully wave goodbye to a sore back.
Fitness and sport are great for your health, but they can sometimes lead to injuries and overworked muscles. A regular massage can help to heal any wear and tear on your muscles and tendons and help you manage the pain from a chronic or acute sports injury. Having well looked-after muscles may also help prevent future injuries – one more reason to book those regular sessions.
Massage can be a blessed relief for people dealing with pain and stiffness associated with arthritis and other joint problems. Research published in 2013 in the Complementary Therapy in Clinical Practice journal said that people with rheumatoid arthritis reported some relief from pain and stiffness after four once-a-week moderate-pressure massages, topped up with self-massage at home in between treatments. Massage can also help with your range of motion and flexibility, relieving pain in your shoulders, knees, and hips.
There is a whole range of health problems that can be caused by bad circulation. So it figures that boosting your circulation will be a bonus for your entire body. Regular massage helps get the blood moving, getting essential nutrients to where they are needed in your tissues and vital organs much faster. The squeezing and pulling actions in a good massage also help flush lactic acid out of your muscles and improve lymph circulation. Lymph is the fluid that carries metabolic waste away from your muscles and internal organs.
Nobody knows what causes migraines, and there isn’t a cure. But if you’re a migraine sufferer, you’ll be pleased to hear that studies have shown that massage can help reduce the frequency of attacks and lessen the severity of the symptoms. Some migraines, especially those triggered by stress, are especially receptive to massage treatment.
Of course, we wouldn’t tell you that massage cures cancer; it can’t. But in some cases, your massage therapist can notice abnormalities in your skin that you can’t see or just haven’t picked up on and alert you to them. Regular massage can also be good for your skin as it gets the circulation going, and the nourishing oils used in a treatment help keep the skin feeling soft.
A massage helps to stimulate lymph flow around your body. It boosts your immune system and can help to reduce the severity of allergic reactions. Sometimes a therapist might be able to tell just from your lymph nodes if you are an allergy sufferer as they can feel tender or swollen.
Did any of those surprise you? Of course, you don’t need to make an excuse for wanting a massage, but if you are dealing with any of these health issues, it’s good to know that your massage therapy is just a call away and ready to help. Or you can book online for a massage session of your choice.
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