Massages are often sold as an indulgent treat that you get when you visit a spa or go on vacation, but there’s so much more to massage that 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 mssage can work really well on; a few you probably know and some that may surprise you!
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 level’s it’s also thought to help reduce the risk of heart disease. In 2008 the journal Psycho-onclology publshed s 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 an you can hopefully wave goodbye to a sore back.
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 hlep you manage the pain from a chronic acute sports injury. Having well looked-after muscles may also help prevent future injuries-one more reason to book those regular sessions
Massage can be a blessed relief for people dealing with the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis and other joint problems. Research published is 2013 in the Complementary Therapy in Clinical Practice journal said that people with rheumatoid arthritis reported some relief from pain and sitffness 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 flexability, which can relieve pain in your shoulders, knees, and hips.
There are a whole range of health problems that can be caused by bad circulation, so it figures that boosing 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 acitons involved in a good massage also help to flush lactic acid out of your muscles and improve the circulation of lymph-the fluid that carries metabolic waste away from your muscles and internal organs.
Noboby really knows what causes migrains, and there isn’t a cure, but if your a migrain sufferer you’ll be pleased to hear that sudies have shown that massage can help reduce the frequency of attacks, and lessen the severity of the symptoms. Some migraines, especially those triggered by stress, are especially receptive to massage treatment.
Of course, we wouldn’t tell you that massage cures cancer; it can’t. But in some cases your massage therapist can notice abnormalities in your skin that you can’t see or just haven’t picked up on, and alert you to them. Regular massaage can also be good for your skin as it gets the circulation going and nourishing oils used in a treatment help to keep skin feeling soft
A massage helps to simulate 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 an allergy sufferer as they can feel tneder of swollen.
Did any of thos surpise 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 issued, it’s good to know that your regular massage habit is helping