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WHAT CAN MASSAGE DO FOR YOU?

What can Massage do for YOU?  

 

Massages are often sold as a purely indulgent treat that 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 that massage can work really well on; a few you probably know and some that may surprise you!  

Stress -  It’s no surprise that a regular dose of massage therapy is good for your stress levels, it works by helping to lower your blood pressure, improve your quality of sleep, and by reducing your stress levels, it’s also thought to help reduce the risk of heart disease.  In 2008 the journal Psycho-oncology published a study which came to the conclusion “…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, so no wonder many employers are drafting in massage therapists to help. Poor posture and sitting for too long can cause a lot of lower back problems, as can simply getting older. Get your massage therapist on the case and you can hopefully wave goodbye to a sore back.  

Sports Injuries - 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 can also 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.  

Joint Stiffness -Massage can be a blessed relief for people dealing with the 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, which can relieve pain in your shoulders, knees, and hips.  

Circulation - There are 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 whole body. Regular massage helps to 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 involved in a good massage also help to flush lactic acid out of your  muscles  and  improve  the circulation of lymph your muscles  and  internal  organs Migraine symptoms . Nobody  really  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 attacks, and  lessen the  severity  of  the symptoms. massage  can  help  reduce  the  frequency  of Some  migraines, especially  those  triggered by  stress, are especially  receptive  to  massage  treatment.

Allergies - A massage helps  to  stimulate lymph  flow around  your  body,  which  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  c an  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  regular  massage  habit is helping.