Benefits Of Massage Therapy
There are many benefits of massage particularly with the host of health problems facing people today. Whether you are an athlete, someone living with chronic pain, or just someone who spends a lot of time seated or in a similar position with stiff muscles, you can benefit in many ways from massage therapy.
Massage therapy treatments can:
Improve circulation and recovery time within your immune system. The movements that are performed during a massage can cause the blood to move in and out of joints and muscles. This flushing process can enhance circulation in areas and can sometimes aid in the speed of recovery from injuries.
Relax and calm tense and tightened muscles. Massage therapists can often work to treat lower back and neck pain that many of us often experience as a result of stress. A tense muscle can affect the balance of the entire body and can have a significant impact on things like posture. Favouring and protecting painful areas can cause us to compensate with other muscles, potentially causing injury and strain in additional parts of the body.
Develop and maintain physical function. Message therapy has been often used as a regular routine for athletes during training but there are actually many facets of your daily routine, such as long working hours and physical labor, that can see benefit from a massage therapist. They can work on seemingly minor injuries in an overall way to help them become less chronic. It is also great at preventing stiffening of muscles and maintaining your muscular health overall.
Endorphins! That’s right, the body’s natural painkillers. For example, acupuncture therapy, a form of massage technique can stimulate parts of our body that produces endorphins and it can also release another form of pain relieving substance called an opioid. Massage can even be a wonderful way to help reduce the symptoms of chronic depression and stress.
Increased Flexibility. A great benefit found in massage therapy is that it can help the spine and other joints to experience increased flexibility. Being flexible is a very important part of healthy aging. The ability to stretch and reach your toes is a good goal to have. Without flexibility stiffness sets in and as a result we tend to not want to keep moving. Massage will relax our muscles allowing us to stretch and increase our flexibility.
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