Benefits of Massage

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The simple act of placing the hands on the body can itself encourage a person to thrive. Here are a list of some of the benefits of Massage Therapy.

• Increases circulation

• Enhances the immune system

• Promotes nervous system functioning

• Reduces blood pressure

• Relieves pain and muscle tension

• Improves mood, intellectual reasoning and job performance

• Positive effect on conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, diabetes and migraine headaches

• Decreased anxietyMCN3

• Enhanced sleep quality

• Greater energy

• Improved concentration

• Increased circulation

• Reduced fatigue

• Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain

•Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion

• Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays

• Ease medication dependence

• Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—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

• Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin

• Increase joint flexibility

• Lessen depression and anxiety

• Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks

• Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation

• 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

• High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones

• Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping

• Sedate the nervous system to help ease muscle tension, spasticity, stress-related symptoms and headaches

• Boost the functioning of the immune system and maintains health when done regularly

• Stimulate sluggish circulation or slow down the circulation of someone who has just run a marathon when using friction massage techniques

• Allow better range of motion and support the connective tissue and muscles in becoming strong and healthy when doing simple joint movements and joint stretching

• Depending on technique massage can stimulate the nervous system to help reduce muscle atrophy and increase muscle tone

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Despite its benefits, massage isn’t meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you’re trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have.

Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or you have cancer or unexplained pain.

 

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