Massage therapy has been around since the beginning of medicine. Massage is mentioned by Hippocrates, the father of medicine, and Native Americans and eastern healers have used various modalities of massage to facilitate the healing process. In recent years, we've seen a rise in the integration of massage in physical therapy and other conventional forms of medicine. Although there has been significant increase in the use of massage therapy, more that 60% of the population has either never received a massage or has no knowledge of the benefits it has to offer.
Below are 4 ways massage therapy can be beneficial to you:
Decrease stress levels
In todays fast paced, information overloaded society, our minds are constantly in the “on” position. For many people, the central nervous system simply doesn't know how to switch out of "the fight or flight" mode into our "rest and digest mode." This constant state of agitation, can cause physical discomfort or anxiety. Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Massage, and Connective Tissue massage can flip the switch from agitated and anxious to relaxed and happy.
Increase movement, mobility and reduce the symptoms of pain
Ever wake up with a stiff neck or find yourself with a muscle spasm? Do you find yourself rubbing the muscles around your pain to release the tension? Targeting affected muscles, from injuries or daily stress, allows the muscle to begin the process of healing by releasing trigger points and tensions.
Boost your immune system
Not only can massage therapy decrease your stress levels and reduce your anxiety, but some studies suggest it may also boost your immune system. One study conducted by Cedars Sinai Hospital took blood tests before and after a 45-minute massage. Researchers found increased lymphocytes and lower levels of cytokines after the massage suggesting that the immune system was more active and inflammation levels were reduced.
Induces deeper sleep Not only does massage feel amazing, but the effects can be felt long after the massage is finished. Improved circulation and reduced pain can have a dramatic effect on our sleeping patterns. It is much easier to fall into a deep, restful sleep if our stress levels are reduced and our everyday pains are held at bay for one more day. Sleep is step one in our body’s natural cycle of healing.
"I encourage those curious about massage and it's benefit to book a session today, really take the first step in a complete healing process." - Cecilia McMullen
About the author: Cecilia McMullen comes to us from Abita Springs, but spent much of her life in Mexico. She studied at Southeastern University and Delgado College and is now a team member at both our Madisonville and Hammond clinics. She is available for appointments five days a week.
Disclaimer This information is designed to be educational in nature about benefits of massage therapy. It is not intended to diagnose or treat or cure any medical condition, disease, injury or illness. If you feel you have a condition that needs medical care you should seek help from a doctor or hospital.
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