In our age of growing technology we find more and more workers… sitting. The physical work is diminishing as robots take over factory floors and outdoor machinery becomes more sophisticated. Massage Therapy can do so much more than relieving stress.
Here are a few reasons why. It is a balanced way to address both your emotional and physical well-being.
Sitting, and more Sitting
The increased amount of sitting we are doing through the work day can create postural stress which often will manifest itself in the shoulders and neck. Desk workers can experience more advanced forms of stress when it shows up in the lower back or the gluteals. Regular massages can address this imbalance. Soft tissue strains or small nagging injuries can be neutralized.
Do you have Muscle Pain, aches?
Sore muscles can be addressed as massages increase and improve circulation. Studies also have proven that depression and anxiety can be reduced resulting in relaxation and happiness. If you have sports related injuries you will quickly find the benefit of a massage.
Getting enough sleep?
Massage therapy can improve sleep patterns, and the quality of sleep, with any age group. With the promotion again of enhanced relaxation sleep comes more naturally. This has been proven from infants to patients encountering chemo or radiation. It reduces insomnia.
A study published that massage therapy boosts white blood cell counts in those studied. White cells play a large role in defending our bodies from diseases. Your immune functions are improved as well.
Very prevalent in our society today as we rush from one place to another, stress can have a very negative impact on our health and well-being. Stress can be reduced dramatically through massage therapy. Studies have noted a decrease in heart rates, and both systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure improvements. The oxygen exchange is also improved measurably.
Anxiety and its symptoms
The National Institute of Mental Health claims that over 40 million Americans suffer from some form of anxiety disorder. These challenges shape the quality of life and the ensuing health. To name just a token few, here are situations that a massage has helped control anxiety: chronic pain, cancer, headaches, strokes, joint pains, drug withdrawal, congestive heart failure, and even women in labor. This just gives you a snap shot of some situations.
Do you get headaches?
Massages have been proven to reduce tension headaches and their frequency. Often these headaches are related to stress from jaw clenching, intense work, missed meals depression, anxiety and missing sleep. See a pattern again…?
Range of Motion
Wait, I exercise and stretch. But massage therapy has been proven to improve athletic performance, speed recovery and can improve conditioning. As our population ages massages become more beneficial to the older population, increasing balance and giving chronic pain relief. No matter your level of physical activity, you will benefit emotionally and physically from a massage. Give it a try!