The Benefits of Massage Therapy is Amazing
Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners to treat post-surgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.
Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:
- Alleviate pain
- Improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers.
- Ease medication dependence by reducing pain and inflammation.
- Stimulates lymph flow and supporting immunity—the body’s natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Decrease depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Improve circulation by pumping oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
- Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
- Relieve migraine pain.
- There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we use to describe it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief , pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.