Human beings are sensual and therefore respond to human contact. This is the concept used in massage therapy, using touches to heal the body. Several benefits have been attributed to massage therapy, and this has led to the increase in the popularity of the concept.
Some of the many physical and health benefits of massage therapy are briefly highlighted below.
Reduction of Muscle Pain
One of the major benefits of massage therapy is the ability to relieve muscle pain and tension. Muscle pull can lead to neck pain, shoulder pain or even lower back pain, causing severe pains to the patient. With massage therapy, just a session can make a difference, as the kneading and circular movements, especially in the affected regions, help to target deep layers of the muscles.
Massage therapy is also great for persons recovering from an injury.
Immune System Booster
Massage therapy has also been discovered to help in improving the immune system of the body. Stress can weaken the immune system of the body, allowing illnesses and infections to have a free ride. However, regular sessions of massage therapy can help boost the immune system naturally, thanks to the kneading movements that activate cytotoxic capacity within the body, responsible for fighting infections.
Massage therapy also helps to eliminate T-cells in the body, allowing the immune system to function optimally. The serotonin hormone that boosts immunity has also been discovered to elevate after a massage session.
In addition to boosting the body’s immune system and reducing muscle pain, massage therapy also helps to fight depression effectively. Massage therapy helps to reduce the level of cortisol in the body by as much as fifty percent. Elevated levels of cortisol in the body have been associated with depression.
An increase in dopamine and serotonin in the body also helps in improving and stabilizing moods.
Improved flexibility and range of motion
Aging can lead to tightened joints, which subsequently reduces flexibility and range of motion. With massage therapy, however, flexibility and range of motion can be significantly improved. For such treatments, the therapist focuses on kneading ligaments, muscles, joints, connective tissues and tendons, helping to enhance comfort.
Improved blood flow and circulation
Poor circulation of blood in the body leads to various maladies which include fatigue, tense muscles, and pain. The kneading motions in massage therapy apply pressure on different regions of the body, helping to improve blood flow and circulation. The pressure from the kneading movements has also been discovered to help in flushing out lactic acid from tired muscles.
Enhance blood flow, and circulation directly impacts the skin. A massage therapy would, therefore, help in improving health of the skin, leading to a more radiant and healthier skin. It gets even better if the masseuse uses oil during the session, as this helps to hydrate and nourish the skin.
Working tight and weak muscles can also assist them to feel more vibrant, and athletes have particularly benefitted from this therapy in the build to an event.
Other benefits of massage therapy are listed as follows
- Detoxification of the body by propelling toxic waste products through the lymphatic system
- Stimulation of the release of natural endorphins in the body, helping pain control
- Lowering of blood pressure
- Stress relief and promotion of sense of well-being
- Provision of increased exercise stretching for atrophied athletes
- Relaxation of injured muscles, reduction of cramps and muscle spasms
To get started with your personalized massage therapy, consult a Reaves Chiropractic professional and experienced massage therapist. This helps you define your treatment goals and the techniques to be employed in achieving these goals. It is also worth noting that chiropractor or massage therapist might decide to combine a number of massage techniques to achieve the desired goals. The efficiency of massage therapy cannot be overemphasized, especially when dealing with illnesses that have been linked to stress. For more information about our massage therapy options contact our River North, Chicago location.