Benefits of Massage
Relieve Stress and Pain with Massage Therapy
In today’s society, where a stressful lifestyle is the norm, massage therapy
is taking its place as an important component in the prevention of illness
More than 40 million
American adults are getting a massage annually. Many
people still depend on massage for relaxation,
however, the trend is to use massage therapy “for
medical purposes such as injury recovery, pain
reduction, headache control, and for their overall
health and wellness". (AMTA 2007 Annual Consumer
Massage Therapy can
alleviate tension in you muscles, relieve stress and
anxiety, and reduce muscle soreness in your body.
Massage can also cause your body to release natural
painkillers, and it may boost your immune system. As
with any form of complimentary medicine, its effects
Massage Therapy can be
Stress Reduction – Massage is a great way to
reduce stress in your life. Not only are the
physical effects very soothing, but there is often
reduced anxiety and increased feelings of
well-being. Massage has been proven to reduce
levels of “stress hormone” that can have a
negative effect on your health.
Pain Relief – Muscular aches and pains and
some joint pains are often reduced by massage
therapy. Pain management and relief from
conditions such as chronic back pain, neck and
shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain,
migraines and other headaches, sciatica, carpal
tunnel syndrome, and arthritis is common.
Athletic Health – Athletes who use massage to
prepare for or recover from intense training and
strenuous workout reap the benefits of increased
flexibility and decreased soreness. Massage can
reduce the likelihood of injury by keeping the
body’s tissue in healthy condition.
Injury Recovery – The process of healing from
an injury frequently benefits from massage. Soft
tissue work compliments other therapies, adding
the attention to muscles and connective tissue
that is sometimes needed for full recovery.
Immune system health – It is known that
massage stimulates the lymphatic system. By
contributing to lymph flow, massage supports the
body’s natural defense system. Massage also
triggers the production of endorphins, which are
the body’s natural pain killer and which also work
to stave off disease.
Emotional health – Massage is not only calming
and soothing, but it also has a positive impact on
many people suffering from depression and anxiety.
Better sleep – Many people sleep more
restfully after receiving massage therapy.
Relaxation – Just taking a break from the pace
and pressure of everyday life to relax can be very
Marie Dahlen Keane, Licensed Massage Therapist, FirstHealth of Andover
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