Massage Benefits

Research has verified that:

  • Office workers massaged regularly were more alert, performed better and were less stressed than those who weren’t massaged.
  • Massage therapy decreased the effects of anxiety, tension, depression, pain, and itching in burn patients.
  • Abdominal surgery patients recovered more quickly after massage.
  • Premature infants who were massaged gained more weight and fared better than those who weren’t.

Massage therapy addresses many health issues, the most common being stress related tension, which experts believe accounts for a large percentage of disease. Massage has proven beneficial in treating low back pain, fatigue, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, suppressed immunity, sleep disorders.

Massage has many physiological effects such as:

  • Increasing circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
  • Stimulating the lymph system, the body’s natural defense, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer.
  • Relaxing and softening injured and overused muscles (which can result in repetitive strain injuries like Carpal tunnel syndrome if muscles are not treated).
  • Reducing spasms and cramping.
  • Increasing joint flexibility.
  • Decrease pain and flare-ups (frequency and intensity) for arthritis sufferers.
  • Reducing recovery time for strenuous workouts and eliminating subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.
  • Releasing endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller. For this reason, massage is being incorporated into treatment for chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
  • Reducing post-surgery adhesions and edema and reducing and realigning scar tissue after healing has occurred.
  • Improving range of motion and decreasing discomfort for patients with low back pain.
  • Relieving pain for migraine sufferers and decreasing the need for medication.
  • Providing exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reducing shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion.
  • Contributing to shorter labor and lessening the need for medication, minimizing depression and anxiety, and shortening hospital stays.

Although therapeutic massage does not increase muscle strength, it can stimulate weak, inactive muscles and, thus, partially compensate for the lack of exercise and inactivity resulting from illness or injury. It also can hasten and lead to a more complete recovery from exercise or injury.

If you suffer from any of the above mentioned conditions or just want to relax from everyday stress, please call or book an appointment online. We look forward to meeting you and helping you with your goals towards better health.